Donald W. Wood, Sr Vocal Competition

  • Saturday, October 26, 2019
  • 1:00 p.m.
  • Freda Lupin Memorial Hall at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts at 2800 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70117. 

The Wood Competition is in its fifth year as a significant young artist entry vehicle into the professional realm of singing.  Past participants have enjoyed regional, national and international celebrity as young artist professionals. The competition is a collaborative effort between the New Orleans Opera Association, the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, Tulane University, and Loyola University New Orleans.

All local and regional voice teachers are invited to enter their students for this contest, and the deadline is Midnight, Tuesday, September 10, 2019.  From the pool of applicants, a selection of approximately 25 high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors will be chosen by the New Orleans Opera Association to sing in the competition.  Two first-place winners (male and female) will be awarded $1,000 each; two second-place winners (male and female) will receive $500 each. Please download the informational flier and competition application to share with others.

Check-in will be at 12:30 p.m. on October 26, 2019, with the competition beginning promptly at 1:00 p.m. The Donald W. Wood, Jr. Competition is free and open to the public and should end by 5:00 p.m.

The 2019-2020 student vocalists competing in the Donald W. Wood Sr. Vocal Competition are as follows:

Nadia Abboud-Joffe (f); Sophomore, Lusher Charter School, New Orleans, Louisiana, Instructor: Dr. Beth Rota

Lauren Albano (f); Junior, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, New Orleans, Louisiana, Instructor: Phyllis Treigle

Kieva Banks (f); Senior, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, New Orleans, Louisiana, Instructor: Phyllis Treigle

Dallas Blackmore (m); Junior, Chalmette High School, Chalmette, Louisiana, Instructor: Annelise Cassar Tedesco

Brooklyn Burt (f); Sophomore, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, New Orleans, Louisiana, Instructor: Phyllis Treigle

Julia Ernst (f); Senior, Archbishop Hannan High School, Covington, Louisiana, Instructor: Dr. Maryanne Kyle

Kadin Gaubert (m); Senior, Hahnville High School, Boutte, Louisiana, Instructor: Craig Matherne

Elijah Geeting (m); Senior, Chalmette High School, Chalmette, Louisiana, Instructor: Annelise Cassar Tedesco

Henry Hebert (m); Sophomore, Holy Cross High School, New Orleans, Louisiana, Instructor: Meredith Hotard

Emily Jones (f); Junior, Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies, Metairie, Louisiana, Instructor: Megan Dearie

Lukas Kolb (m); Senior, Lusher Charter School, New Orleans, Louisiana, Instructor: Dr. Beth Rota

Jezuete Lafuente (m); Senior, Chalmette High School, Chalmette, Louisiana, Instructor: Annelise Cassar Tedesco

Sophia Lucurto (f); Sophomore, Chalmette High School, Chalmette, Louisiana, Instructor: Annelise Cassar Tedesco

Maddy Manning (f); Sophomore, Stanford Online High School, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Instructor: Patricia O’Neill

Joy Menzies (f); Sophomore, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, New Orleans, Louisiana, New Orleans, Louisiana, Instructor: Phyllis Treigle

David Meyer (m); Senior, Chalmette High School, Chalmette, Louisiana, Instructor: Annelise Cassar Tedesco

Arwen Morley-Zender (f), Junior, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, New Orleans, Louisiana, Instructor: Phyllis Treigle

Emma Navarro (f); Sophomore, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, New Orleans, Louisiana, Instructor: Phyllis Treigle

Rayna Oggs (f); Senior, Chalmette High School, Chalmette, Louisiana, Instructor: Annelise Cassar Tedesco

Abigail Roques (f); Senior, Pensacola Christian Academy, Slidell, Louisiana; Instructor: Joy Greene Meade

Sarah Schexnayder (f); Senior, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, New Orleans, Louisiana, Instructor: Phyllis Treigle

Sebastien Shays (m); Senior, Lusher Charter School, New Orleans, Louisiana, Instructors: Dr. Beth Rota and Dr. William Mouat

Kate Tomeny (f); Sophomore, Mount Carmel Academy, New Orleans, Louisiana, Instructor: Megan Dearie

Olivia Tuck (f); Sophomore, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, New Orleans, Louisiana, Instructor: Phyllis Treigle

A’farrah Wallace (f); Senior, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, New Orleans, Louisiana, Instructor: Phyllis Treigle

About

Founded in 2015, The Donald W. Wood Sr. Vocal Competition (Wood Competition) is a collaboration between the New Orleans Opera Association, Loyola University New Orleans College of Music and Fine Arts, Tulane University Department of Music, and New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. The contest is open to all Louisiana high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The Wood Competition promotes artistic excellence, provides financial support to young vocalists, and encourages young local singers in vocal music.

Created by New Orleans Opera board member, Debby Hirsch Wood in honor of her late husband Donald W. Wood Sr., the Wood family has granted funding for the competition to continue in perpetuity in his name. Donald Wood Sr. loved opera and was supportive of NOOA’s educational endeavors.

Pictured above, left to right: Dade Michael Dufrene, Olivia Belle Gray, Julian Maccrea Revell,Debby Hirsch Wood, Sarah-Katherine McCallum,  Ashton Louis Stephens,  Andrew David Aceves, Lauren A. Albano, Kieva Ja’Lisa Banks. Photo credit: Thomas Grosscup at Nunemaker Hall at Loyola University, Sunday, October 21, 2018

View the list of the competition winners by year here.