It is hard to believe that it has already been three months since the District Auditions, but it seemed the perfect time to get back in touch with our Encouragement Award winners (LaMarcus Miller, Sofia Antonakos and Sheherazade Holman) and see what they have been up to since the District Auditions.
|2012 Winner of Nico Castel International Master Singer |
Competition at Weil Hall
LaMarcus, a 25-year old Bass - Baritone originally from Texas, made his Carnegie Hall debut in January as a Baritone Soloist in Karl Jenkins' "The Armed Man".
In addition to this, he has signed with Embra Artists and he sang a recital at the Dallas Baptist University in Texas. This summer, he will be singing and covering roles with the Utah Festival Opera, including Verdi's Otello.
In December, he sang the role of Palémon in Massenet's "Thais" at the Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater. Thais is LaMarcus' favorite opera.
As part of the Encouragement Award, each singer received a $200 cash prize. When asked what the prize money did for him, LaMarcus told me he used his to compete in more auditions. As to his experience auditioning with Monc, he had the following to say:
"It was my first time to participate and everyone was very warm and welcoming!"