2022 Marguerite DePhillips Dougherty Voice Competition Winners

2022 Marguerite DePhillips Dougherty Voice Competition

On Saturday, April 30, twelve undergraduate and graduate Mary Pappert School of Music voice students participated in the fourth annual Marguerite DePhillips Dougherty Voice Competition.

Three students were chosen by guest adjudicator Kenneth Kellogg as the winners of event; one graduate, one undergraduate, and one encouragement award were given. This year's graduate winner is Yiming Cheng (soprano), who will also be graduating with her Master of Music Performance degree next Friday, May 13. The undergraduate winner is Giulia Galante Golinelli (soprano), a junior voice performance major (and winner of last year's Encouragement Award). Finally, this year's Encouragement Award was given to Ziyi Wu (soprano), a first-year master's student. Both Cheng and Golinelli study with Adjunct Professor of Voice, Xiu-ru Liu, and Wu is a student of Dr. Meghan DeWald Althouse, Coordinator of the Voice Area.

Marguerite DePhillips Dougherty was born in Pittsburgh in 1929. Her interest in music, particularly opera, began as a young woman while taking voice lessons inspired by a love of Puccini's La bohème and Madama Butterfly. As an unsung patron of the arts, she quietly supported causes throughout her life, and at her death in 2015, she bequeathed a gift to Duquesne University's Mary Pappert School of Music to support programs that benefit students pursuing careers in music, especially opera.

DeWald offered her thoughts on the competition, saying, "We are so fortunate to be able to host this competition to provide a vital performance and learning opportunity for our voice students. They benefit not only from the preparation and performance of their own pieces, but also by supporting each other and gaining unique insight and feedback from an adjudicator who is active in the operatic field."

In town for the Pittsburgh Opera's production of Blue, Kenneth Kellogg served as guest adjudicator for the competition and John Moyer, Adjunct Professor of Voice, was the evening's sole accompanist. Each student prepared three pieces, performing one of their own choice and one selected by Kellogg.

Each of the competition winners will receive a monetary award, made possible through Dougherty's gift. The recipient of the encouragement award will receive $200, and the undergraduate and graduate winners will each receive $400.

The evening's competition also featured performances by:

  • Kaylee Allmond, soprano
  • Yan Bao, soprano
  • Lynea Csefalvay, soprano
  • Paris Holmes, baritone
  • Kaixiong Jiang, baritone
  • Juanita Leal, soprano
  • Kiersten Stauffer, soprano
  • Anna Thomas, mezzo-soprano
  • Yan Yu, mezzo-soprano

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