Finalists

2019
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Andrew Hasher

UNC School of the Arts - Praised for his “liquid tone” and “smooth and expressive” playing (Classical Voice of North Carolina), Andrew Hasher has performed as a saxophonist and ensemble member across the east coast. Originally from Old Bethpage, New York, Andrew has competed and placed at statewide solo and chamber music competitions in New York, North Carolina and Michigan. As the winner of the Spring 2017 UNCSA Concerto Competition, Andrew has appeared as a soloist alongside the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Andrew has appeared as both a soloist and ensemble member of the University of Michigan Symphony Band. He is currently the alto saxophonist in the Sapphirus Quartet.   Andrew holds a degree in saxophone performance (BM) from the... [read more]
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Lucia Kobza

UNC School of the Arts - Lucia Kobza received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Hochschule der Künste Bern, Switzerland, with distinction. Following her mentor Professor Ida Bieler to the United States, she studied under her tutelage at UNCSA and was honored with the UNCSA Graduate Excellence in Performance Award both for her Master’s degree and Professional Artist Certificate. Lucia is currently pursuing her Doctorate at Stony Brook University in New York, in violin and viola performance with Emerson String Quartet’s violinist Philip Setzer and violist Lawrence Dutton. As member of UNCSA’s Giannini String Quartet and participant of UNCSA’s Chrysalis Chamber Music Institute, she enjoyed exciting performance opportunities such as playing in master classes at... [read more]
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Wagner Pástor

UNC School of the Arts - Tenor Wagner Mauricio Pástor Pazmiño hails from Quito, Ecuador. He is an A. J. Fletcher Opera Institute fellow at UNCSA and studies with Dr. Marilyn Taylor. He graduated with a M.M. in Voice Performance from the University of Idaho. At his first year as Fletcher, Wagner has performed the title role in Massenest's "Werther" in the Winter, and he will be featured as Grimoaldo in Handel's Rodelinda in the Spring 2019. He has sung Don José in Bizet’s Carmen at the Bay View Music Festival in the Summer 2017 and at the University of Idaho in the Spring 2018 in addition to recent performances of L’elisir d’amore as Nemorino, Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi as Rinuccio with the University of Idaho, and Strauss’ Die Fledermaus as Alfred with the South... [read more]
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Molly Reid

Appalachian State University - Molly Reid is a pianist from Cary, North Carolina. She is pursuing the M.M. in Piano Performance at Appalachian State University under Dr. Rodney Reynerson, where she is a Chancellor’s Fellow. After graduating from Appalachian with her B.M. in Piano Performance (summa cum laude, University Honors), she attended the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) where she received the M.M. in Music Theory and also studied piano with Eugene Pridonoff. Molly subsequently studied music theory at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York. As a concerto soloist, she was a finalist in the Elizabeth Harper Vaughn Concerto Competition, received Third Prize and the Audience Choice Award in the 2013 Rosen-Schaffel Competition, and... [read more]
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Andrew René

UNC School of the Arts - Andrew René, baritone, has participated in vocal competitions and professional engagements, including performances with the Virginia Opera Association, the Bay View Association, Opera Raw, Piedmont Opera, the A. J. Fletcher Opera Institute, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and the Princeton Festival. The summer of 2015 marked his third year of attendance at the Bay View Music Festival where he performed the role of Marcello in their production of Puccini's La bohème. In 2017, he returned to sing the role of Escamillo in Carmen. This past summer, he performed the role of Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola with the Janiec Opera Company. His previous roles include John Sorel in Menotti's The Consul, the Pirate King in Gilbert and Sullivan's... [read more]
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Peter Smith

UNC School of the Arts - Peter Smith, 21, began his musical education at the age of six and is currently a rising fourth-year undergraduate student at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA), studying under the tutelage of Dmitri Shteinberg. Peter also attended UNCSA for high school as a student of Eric Larsen, director of the Meadowmount School of Music. Over the course of his musical career, Peter has earned a variety of distinctions; his most recent accomplishments include winning the UNCSA Concerto Competition, winning the North Carolina MTNA Young Artist Piano Competition, and being invited to record for the 40th anniversary of the radio station WDAV.  This summer, Peter will attend the Bowdoin International Music Festival, and he has... [read more]