SMC Laura June Breen Vocal Competition Winners

Sunday, October 2, marked the Sierra Master Chorale’s inaugural Laura June Breen Vocal Competition, and it was a delightful afternoon.

Sarah Saturnino

“Outstanding job young singers!” said competition attendee Ed Thomas. “Excellent music and a great experience for the participants to sing before a real and enthusiastic audience and for those of us who can hardly hum – a real treat. Thank you ICS for starting this new tradition.”

Sierra Dallugge

The $500 grand prize was to be split between Sierra Dallugge and Sarah Saturnino as the judges just couldn’t decide. Thanks to three donors who stepped up and made it possible to award the winners $500 each.

The contestants, ages 14-20, included Cassie Breazeale, Cooper Hardwick, Trevor Humpherys, Kalyja Rain, Liesel Shuholm, and Alexis Walker. “There was an incredible diversity of repertoire, really good selections on the part of all the singers, and their performances were exceptional,” said Ken Hardin, Artistic Director of InConcert Sierra. “The contestants were not screened, we just took the first eight applicants and it was startling to have all eight young singers demonstrate such a high level of ability. I’m glad I was the pianist for the event and not a judge – they had the most difficult task of all.”  The judges were Don Baggett and Lali Breen.

The event emcee was Daniel Zuckerman who is the son of Laura June Breen for whom the competition was named for. “This competition was Daniel’s concept, and we’re very pleased that it was so successful. “We’re looking forward to next season’s competition,” said Hardin with a smile. The competition was sponsored by and held at The Center for the Arts.

For more information about next season’t SMC Laura June Breen competition, please contact InConcert Sierra at 530-273-3990.



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