Our 2018 Scholarship Holder is Harmony Lee – Soprano
Maroondah Singers proudly announces that our Vocal Scholar for 2018 is 18-year-old soprano Harmony Lee, who was introduced to the choir at its Annual General Meeting on February 26 . Harmony enchanted those present with stirring renditions of the Vilja Song from Lehar’s The Merry Widow and Puccini’s O mio babbino caro from the opera Gianni Schicchi. She said she was thrilled to receive the Maroondah Singers’ Memorial Scholarship and is looking forward to singing with the choir in such a special year.. She joins Nathan Lay, James Emerson and Stephen Coutts as Vocal Scholars who have also been members of Australian Music Events’ Opera Scholars Australia which performs at Opera in the Market, Opera in the Alps and other special events.
Harmony, who was home educated, is currently studying under Australian soprano Jacqueline Porter. She has enjoyed singing from a very young age and was often found performing her own made-up songs, singing at the top of her voice. Harmony started taking formal singing lessons at the age of 12 with teacher Ainslie Jacket. She has paid for the majority of the lessons herself by busking with her voice and with her violin. She has played the instrument for eight years and also teaches her own students. Harmony has oftperformed with Victorian Opera in their youth productions for young aspiring singers.
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, 2018
Where are our previous Scholarship Singers now?
Our 2016 scholar 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.