2012 Winners SMC’s Laura June Breen Vocal Competition

Daniel Zuckerman, emcee, 2nd place Daniel Heinz, 1st place Cooper Hardwick, Ken Hardin, Artistic Director


The Sierra Master Chorale second annual Laura June Breen Vocal Competition on October 14 winners are Cooper Hardwick – 1st place receiving $500 and Daniel Heinz – 2nd place receiving $250. Congratulations to them and all the contestants!

2012 LJB ‘The Voice’ Contestants

last season’s winner – Sierra Delluge

 All Contestants must be ages 12 – 20

• Attending a Nevada County School, or studying with a Nevada County Music Teacher

• must perform two contrasting songs. Examples could be different genres, centuries, or tempo such as :  Classical and Pop, Folk and Baroque, etc.

• maximum total performance time is 7 minutes.

• may use one musical instrument or instrumentalist to accompany them, such as a pianist. (No prerecorded tracks.)  If you desire to use a pianist, one will be available to you the day of the event.

Note:  Each contestant who performs will receive one complimentary ticket to the competition concert on October 14.

Last year, a $500 grand prize was awarded to both Sierra Dallugge and Sarah Saturnino as the judges just couldn’t decide. You never know until you try. This year’s local judges will be Don Baggett, Dawn Simmons, and Toon Vandevorst.
Local vocals
Co-champions honored at Sierra Master Chorale competition
Submitted to The Union
November 27, 2011

The Sierra Master Chorale’s inaugural Laura June Breen Vocal Competition took center stage Sunday, Oct. 2 at The Center for the Arts.“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.”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.

For more information about the SMC Laura June Breen competition, sponsored by The Center for the Arts, contact InConcert Sierra at (530) 273-3990.