PARTNERS for the Arts, Inc.

  • encourages and promotes the career of emerging performing artists by sponsoring competitions and public presentations,
  • promotes and interacts with performing arts organizations and schools of music in mutually beneficial activities, and
  • collaborates with others to develop educational programs that nurture audience development and love of classical music and the arts.

We hope you will join us!

We are happy to announce that PARTNERS’ 7th Annual Vocal Awards Competition returns to its original month of October. Save the dates: October 12th and 13th, 2019.


BRAVI winners of PARTNERS’ 2018  6th Vocal Awards Competition –
April 15, 2018

1st prize: bass-baritone
Christian Pursell (CA)
2nd prize: tenor
Brandon Scott Russell (OH)
Honorable Mention
soprano Robin Steitz (NY)
Judges Special Award
soprano Melissa Mino (VA)


Alyssa Martin
Emma McDermott
Julia Radosz


Judges semifinals: Thomas Colohan – artistic Director of the Washington Master Chorale, John Edward Niles – artistic director the Institute for Young Dramatic Voices/The American Wagner Project, Joseph Walsh – music Director for Mason, the In Series,  and Alexandria’s Metro Stage

 Judges finals: Rob Ainsley – director of the Washington National Opera’s Domingo- Cafritz Young Artist Program and the American Opera Initiative, Elizabeth Bishop –American mezzo-soprano, Robert Wood – founder and artistic director of UrbanArias



From The Beggars Opera to Bernstein and beyond…!

 Presented by N. Thomas Pedersen Conductor

John Gay The Beggar’s Opera – 1728  Leonard Bernstein 

Saturday, March 17, 2018
Washington Circle Hotel 
One Washington Circle, N.W. – Washington, D.C.
10 am to 12 pm – Coffee, Tea, Croissant, and ARTS!!



Enthusiastically received by a well-attended audience PARTNERS
presented, at the Washington Circle Hotel,
the first of its INFORMANCE SERIES


1917: Evolution and Revolution

Russia leads the world into the Modern Era of Performing,
Visual, and Literary Arts

Presented by Dr. Elaine R. Walter, PhD