Our 2017 Scholarship Holder is James Emerson – Baritone/Bass
James is a young & highly talented Bass-Baritone from Essendon, Melbourne. He is currently studying music and voice at The University of Melbourne. At only nineteen years old, James has appeared in many professional productions including Victorian Opera’s Noye’s Fludde, The Snow Queen, The Happy Prince, The Little Sweep, Turn of the Screw and The Magic Pudding. James has also appeared in Opera Australia’s productions of The Magic Flute, Tosca and La Boheme. James has also starred as Tevye from Fiddler on the Roof and the King from The King and I.
James has been a member of the St Patrick’s Cathedral choir for ten years, and regularly sings as a Cantor at Mass services and weddings. James also works at St Kevin’s College and helps train junior choristers and assists in developing their voices. James has won many prizes to date. James played the role of Apollon and Tityus in The University of Melbourne’s Baroque Opera La descente d’orphée aux enfers by Charpentier. James is aiming to pursue a career as a professional singer who is able to sing all variations of repertoire. He aims to perform professionally in Australia and overseas.
The Maroondah Singers Memorial Scholarship assists promising and enthusiastic young singers to continue studying singing whilst gaining experience as a soloist in public performance with a large choir. The scholarship was established in 1991 in memory of three of the choir’s founders, May and Mervyn Vagg and George Irvine. The prize is eagerly sought after and the success of previous winners is a testament to its worth.
The scholarship winner receives up to $1500 towards tuition fees for one year, paid on receipt of a satisfactory written report from their singing teacher and is expected to perform at Maroondah Singers concerts throughout the year.
For full conditions of the scholarship and an application form, please contact The Secretary at PO Box 407, Nunawading, Vic 3131
Closing date for applications for 2018 is the 30th September, 2017
Where are our previous Scholarship Singers now?
Last year’s scholar (2016) Lyndon Green was appointed the inaugural Young Songmaker for Songmakers Australia, an ensemble bringing together leading singers and instrumentalists in a diverse repertoire comprising some of the pinnacles of all chamber music. The ensemble presents a yearly subscription series at the Melbourne Recital Centre. Lyndon will receive mentoring and coaching throughout 2017, and will make his debut in a recital at 2pm on September 17 at Kew Court House. Lyndon also featured in the chorus for the State Opera of South Australia production of Saul at this year’s Adelaide Festival.
Nathan Lay features in a new recording entitled ‘Remembrance’, which contains poems and songs dedicated to those who fought in World War 1. He sings 10 songs on the album, which launches Sony Music’s ‘mature’ label Masterworks to Australia. Nathan also featured in a duet of All I Ask of You from Phantom of the Opera on the album This Time Tomorrow by Andre Rieu singer Mirusia. It has achieved success in Australia and Holland.
Sian Pendry as Carmen will be playing opposite Stacey Alleaume as Micaela in several performances of Opera Australia’s Carmen on Sydney Harbour. Stacey earlier moved from understudy to making her debut in the role of Violetta in OP’s La Traviata.
Naomi Summers will be performing as Guiletta in Tales of Hoffmann for Savoy Opera Company on May 7 and 13.
Hannah Dahlenburg will be returning to the UK in July to perform Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute with Longborough Festival Opera.
Lotte Betts-Dean made the semi final of the Das Lied International Song Competition in Heidelberg, Germany with pianist Hannah Harnest.