The Donald W. Wood Sr. Vocal Competition and Advancement Grant

The Donald W. Wood, Sr. Vocal Competition The Wood Competition began in 2015 as an entry vehicle for local high schoolers 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… Continue reading The Donald W. Wood Sr. Vocal Competition and Advancement Grant

Wood Competition Winner Joins the Lyric Opera of Chicago

Soprano Lindsey Reynolds, 2015 winner of the Donald W. Wood Sr. Vocal Competition was recently accepted into the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Young Artist Program. Last spring, more than 600 singers applied for consideration with video recordings and, after review, more than 30 were invited to Chicago for live auditions. The Final Auditions were attended… Continue reading Wood Competition Winner Joins the Lyric Opera of Chicago

Donald W. Wood Sr. Vocal Competition

AND the winners are… 1st Place: Sophia Lucurto, Senior from Chalmette High School. Annelise Cassar Tedesco, teacher. 2nd Place: Brendan Jones, Senior from Devillier Educational Center. Corliss Smith, teacher. 3rd Place: Aubrey Smith, Sophomore from New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts. Phyllis Treigle, teacher. Honorable Mention: Henry Herbert, Senior from New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts. Phyllis Treigle,… Continue reading Donald W. Wood Sr. Vocal Competition

Kenya Lawrence Jackson

Kenya Lawrence Jackson currently serves as the Director of Music and Worship at St. Timothy United Methodist Church in Mandeville, LA where her duties include coordinating a large and diverse music program. She conducts the much anticipated, Christmas on the Northshore concerts, showcasing the talents of the 100-voice St. Timothy Choir and the Northshore Orchestra,… Continue reading Kenya Lawrence Jackson

Valerie Anne Jones Francis

Valerie Anne Jones Francis is a native of New Orleans and a proud product of the New Orleans Public School System. She is a 1979 graduate of McDonogh #35 where she studied under the capable tutelage of Mrs. Patricia Sallier Seals. She holds the B.A., M.M., and D.M.A. in Vocal Music Education/Performance from Dillard University,… Continue reading Valerie Anne Jones Francis

Frank Convit

Frank Convit described as singing with the “poignant power of a seasoned soloist” (Richard Balthazar Blog), has been captivating audiences with his rich timbre and ringing high notes. In March of 2020, Frank made his Midwest debut with Heartland Opera Theatre as Marco in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. Earlier that year, Frank also made his New… Continue reading Frank Convit