2014 Quest for the Best

The tenth annual Quest for the Best was held March 29, 2014, at Holsclaw Hall on the UA campus. Attendees heard 15 promising young singers (7 undergraduates and 8 graduate students) and enjoyed a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception. The awards, determined by audience ballot, are shown below.

Graduate Awards

Go to graduate arias.
$1500 OGSA in honor of Suzanne and Richard Clark Jenina Gallaway, soprano
OGSA Humberto Borboa, tenor
Carol and John Garrard and
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Dori Smith, soprano
Cynthia M. Hagerman and OGSA Ivette Ortiz, soprano
Robin Coon Kaitrin Cunningham, soprano
OGSA Brian McNiff, tenor

Undergraduate Awards

Go to undergraduate arias.
$1000 Arizona Opera Company Melanie Alameda, soprano
$750 Patricia and Patrick Schifano &
Susan and Frank Finkenberg
Caroline Crawford, soprano
Russo, Russo & Slania, P.C. & OGSA Michelle Perrier, soprano
The Swedish Award, from Eva & Hans Bennich Jordan Wilson, soprano

The technical staff of the UA School of Music graciously recorded all the arias. You can listen and/or download them by clicking on the files below, shown in the order performed.

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2014 Graduate Arias

2014 Undergraduate Arias

2014 Quest for the Best



Think you’re a good judge of vocal talent? Here’s an opportunity to test your ears against a few hundred fellow listeners while enjoying operatic arias sung by the best of southern Arizona’s voice students.

The event is the eleventh annual Quest for the Best vocal competition and recital, to be held at Holsclaw Hall, in the Music Building on the UA campus, Saturday, March 29, 2014, at 1:00 p.m.

UA voice students will vie for cash prizes, in separate graduate and undergraduate categories. The vote of the audience, by written ballot, will determine the winners. While ballots are counted, the Opera Guild of Southern Arizona hosts a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception where the audience can chat with the singers and faculty.

To enter the competition students must be nominated by their professors. Last year, 14 students competed and $7500 was awarded. The event is presented to the community by the the Opera Guild of Southern Arizona, in cooperation with the University of Arizona’s School of Music.

Admission to Quest for the Best is $50, partially tax-deductible; student and Fine Arts faculty admission is $20. Free parking and shuttle service are available at the Park Avenue Garage; it is a short walk through the underpass below Speedway Blvd. to Holsclaw Hall.

For more info call (520)825-1563 or email buonasorte2@gmail.com.