Previous Vocal Competition Winners

The vocal competition was begun to fulfill the portion of the mission of the Kentucky Bach Choir that is "to provide professional opportunities with high artistic standards for exceptional singers..."
College and university students competed for a cash prize of $1,500 and an opportunity to be a featured soloist on next year's Kentucky Bach Choir season. The singers were required to prepare three pieces – two by J. S. Bach and one by Haydn or Mozart. The singers chose the first piece that they performed and the panel of judges selected the second piece from the remaining two.

2016 Winners

Kentucky Students Claim Top Prizes in Kentucky Bach Choir's Audrey Rooney Vocal Competition
2016 winnersNine student singers from six different states and nine different universities competed in a live vocal competition on Saturday, April 9 at the First Presbyterian Church in Lexington in the sixth annual Audrey Rooney Vocal Competition of the Kentucky Bach Choir. Singers competed for a Grand Prize of $1,500, an Audience Choice Award of $750, and two Encouragement Awards of $500 each. Additionally, prize winners are afforded the opportunity to return as paid guest soloists in future concerts of the Kentucky Bach Choir.

This year's Grand Prize winner was Emily Yocum Black, soprano, a native of Paducah, Kentucky who is in pursuit of a Master's in Vocal Performance at the University of Louisville. Ms. Black performed "Du Falscher, suche nur den Herrn zu fallen...Nur ein Wink von seinen Händen" from St. John Passion, BWV 245, by J. S. Bach and "Et incarnatus est" from Great Mass in C minor by W. A. Mozart. The Audience Choice Award winner was Zackery Morris, tenor, who is in pursuit of a Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance at the University of Kentucky. Encouragement Award winners were Rebecca Castillo, soprano, of the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music and Julius Cruse Miller, III, baritone, a native of Detroit, Michigan and studying at Indiana University at South Bend, marking the second consecutive year that Mr. Miller earned an Encouragement Award.
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2015 Winners

2015 winnersTen student singers from five states and nine universities competed in a live vocal competition on Saturday, April 11 at the First Presbyterian Church in Lexington in the fifth annual Audrey Rooney Vocal Competition of the Kentucky Bach Choir. Singers competed for a grand prize of $1,500 and two encouragement awards of $500 each. Additionally, prize winners are afforded the opportunity to return as paid guest soloists in an upcoming concert of the Kentucky Bach Choir. This year's grand prize winner was Miss Erica Intilangelo, soprano, from the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. Ms. Intilangelo performed "Seufzer, Tränen, Kummer, Noth" from Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, BWV 21, by J. S. Bach and "Laudamus Te" from Mass in C minor, K. 427, Mozart. Encouragement award winners were Miss Angela Carr, soprano, Ball State University; and Mr. Julius Cruse Miller, III, baritone, Indiana University at South Bend.

2014 Winners

Marie-FranceMarie-France Duclos, soprano, was awarded the Grand Prize of $1,500 in the 2014 Audrey Rooney Kentucky Bach Choir Vocal Competition. Ms. Duclos is a doctoral candidate in vocal performance at the University of Kentucky. She is the first Kentucky student to receive an award in the four-year-old Bach Choir vocal competition. She competed in a field of nine singers from six colleges and universities across four states. Ms. Duclos was the only competition entrant from Kentucky. Two additional singers were awarded $500 encouragement prizes: Julie Lyn Barber, soprano, Ball State University (Indiana) and Emma Gage, mezzo soprano, Cedarville (Ohio) University.

2013 Winners

Elizabeth ToyFirst Prize was awarded to Elizabeth Toy, soprano, is pursuing her Doctorate in Vocal Performance at Indiana University.

Julie Lyn BarberAn encouragement award of $500 was awarded to Julie Lyn Barber, coloratura soprano, who is pursuing a Doctorate of Arts in voice performance at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, studying with Mei Zhong.

Jessica BeebeAn encouragement award of $500 was awarded to Jessica Beebe, soprano. After recently finishing her Masters Degree in Early Music Voice at Indiana University, Ms. Beebe is continuing her studies as a Doctoral candidate in voice and opera. Jessica Beebe is a student of Costanza Cuccaro.

Lauren WalkerAn encouragement award of $500 was awarded to Lauren Walker, mezzo-soprano, who is is currently pursuing a master's degree in vocal performance at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana under Dr. Mei Zhong.

2012 Winners

Abigail Santos VillalobosFirst Prize was awarded to Abigail Santos Villalobos, soprano, currently a doctoral student in vocal performance at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati.

Conor AngellAn encouragement award of $500 was awarded to Ryne Cherry, who is enrolled as a graduate student in vocal performance at the Boston Conservatory of Music.

2011 Winners

Eric JurenasFirst Prize was awarded to
Eric Jurenas, countertenor, who was, at the time of the competition, a junior voice major at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati.

Conor AngellAn encouragement award of $500 was awarded to Conor Angell, a doctoral voice student at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music.