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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!


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Bulgarian Music Society Annual Musicale

presenting Prizewinners of PARTNERS’ Vocal Competition
Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, 7pm
Free Admission
The Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria
1621 22nd Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20008
Wine and cheese reception will follow the concert

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PARTNERS’ 5th Annual Opera Awards Competition
Semifinals Friday, April 7, 2017
Finals Saturday, April 8, 2017

As of 2017, all singers, whether or not under artist management, are invited to enter the Competition.

The deadline for the receipt of applications is Friday, February 17, 2017.

Both rounds will take place at The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington Street,
Alexandria, VA 22314, and are free and open to the public

Our prize awards were raised thanks to our members
and 
the generosity of our prize award donors.

Emerging Artist Awards – ages 25 to 35 

First Prize: $7,000
donated by Victoria Tresansky and PARTNERS for the Arts;

Second Prize: $3,000
The Vincent P. Walter, Jr.
 Memorial Award
donated by Dr. Elaine Walter and PARTNERS for the Arts;

Third Prize: $1,500
The Holly Bianchi
 Memorial Award
donated by Cynthia Bianchi and PARTNERS for the Arts;

Honorable Mention: $1,000
The Sylvia Trefil Honorable Mention Award
donated by Dr. James Trefil;

Encouragement Awards to each of the other finalists: $300
 donated by Drs. James and Wanda Trefil;

Promising Young Artist Awards – ages 21 to 24

First Prize: $1,500
Second Prize: $1,000
The Misbin Family Memorial Award
donated by Dr. Robert Misbin

Information, Guidelines, and Application
Please click HERE to download

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BRAVI winners of PARTNERS’ 2016 4th Vocal Awards Competition

Olivia Vote - web Timothy Bruno - web Lara Lynn Mcgill - web2

1st prizewinner
Olivia Vote
Mezzo-soprano
F. Victoria Tresansky Award

2nd prizewinner
Timothy Bruno
Bass
The Vincent P. Walter, Jr.
Memorial Award

3rd prizewinner
Lara Lynn McGill
Soprano
The Holly Bianchi
Memorial Award

Judges Special Award

Sam Jew Kim, mezzo-soprano

Sam Jew Kim - Mezzo-soprano with Judges Special Award 2016

Maestro Teri Murai, Music Director of the Peabody Symphony and Peabody Concert Orchestras, Sam Jew Kim, mezzo-soprano, maestro Robert Wood, Artistic Director UrbanArias, Brendan Cooke, Artistic Director Baltimore Concert Opera and OperaDelaware.

Promising Young Artist Award

The Misbin Family Memorial Award

Johnathan McCullough - web
 1st prizewinner
Johnathan McCullough, baritone
 2nd prizewinner
Alexis Aimé, soprano

Drs. James and Wanda Trefil Encouragement Awards all the other Finalists.

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The concert presenting the prizewinners and a finalist of PARTNERS for the Arts Vocal Competition was held April 22, 2016, at the Bulgarian Embassy in Washington, DC.

This was a co-presentation of the Bulgarian Music Society and PARTNERS for the Arts.

Accompanist Frank Conlon, 1st prizewinner – 2016 competition - mezzo-soprano - Olivia Vote, Her Excellency Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Elena Poptodorova, 2nd prizewinner - 2016 competition – bass - Timothy Bruno, 2nd prizewinner - 2015 competition - countertenor - Matthew Reese, finalist 2015 - soprano - Colleen Daly, Leilane Grimaldi Mehler, and Dr. Ivo Kaltchev – Bulgarian Music Society Artistic Director.

Accompanist Frank Conlon, 1st prizewinner – 2016 competition – mezzo-soprano – Olivia VoteHer Excellency Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Elena Poptodorova, 2nd prizewinner – 2016 competition – bass – Timothy Bruno, 2nd prizewinner – 2015 competition – countertenor – Matthew Reese, finalist 2015 – soprano – Colleen Daly, Leilane Grimaldi Mehler, and Dr. Ivo Kaltchev – Bulgarian Music Society Artistic Director.

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It was a pleasure and an honor to be at Taiwan’s Historical Twin Oaks Estate for the second year in a row for PARTNERS’ Anniversary Celebration and to know that His Excellency Ambassador Lyshun Shen and Mrs. Shen were once more supporting our mission by offering a platform for our singers to perform and allowing us to enjoy the advancement of their careers. (…MORE)

Sam Jew Kim, mezzo-soprano - Judges Special Award 2016, Matthew Reese, counter-tenor - second prizewinner 2015, Mrs. Shen and His Excellency Ambassador Lyshun Shen, Norman Garrett, baritone - 1st prizewinner 2013, Frank Conlon, accompanist.

Sam Jew Kim, mezzo-soprano – Judges Special Award 2016, Matthew Reese, counter-tenor – second prizewinner 2015, Mrs. Shen and His Excellency Ambassador Lyshun Shen, Norman Garrett, baritone – 1st prizewinner 2013, Frank Conlon, accompanist.

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.We are proud of you, Norman!Congratulations Norman Garrett
Congratulations to PARTNERS’ 2013  first prizewinner! Baritone Norman Garrett is profiled once more in the February issue of Opera News, which describes his performance at the Wexford Festival Opera in the title role of Koanga“…as a personal triumph, deftly negotiating all the many high F’s, Gs and A-flats.”.