Congratulations to all the singers who helped make this year’s Quest for the Best an outstanding success. Thanks to the generosity of donors and attendees we awarded $10,600 in prizes, with all singers receiving prize money. See who won the top awards, and view (or download) all the graduate and undergraduate arias.
The Fred Fox School of Music technical staff captured all the arias on video. The top graduate student prize winners are:
|First||$1500||OGSA in honor of Stokes Tolbert||Octavio Moreno|
|Second (tie)||$1200||Richard & Suzanne Clark||Kaitlin Bertenshaw|
|Second (tie)||$1200||The Groundskeeper||Mark Hockenberry|
To download any aria in a choice of video resolutions,click on its title. This takes you to the Vimeo website; then simply click on the Download button. Depending on the resolution chosen, these files may be 50MB or larger. Audio files are also available upon request to the webmaster.)Go to Undergraduate Arias Go to Undergraduate Arias
|First||$1000||Tolbert Family, in honor of Stokes Tolbert||Emily Garcia|
|Second||$750||Susan & Frank Finkenberg and Patricia & Patrick Schifano||Frannie Barrows|
|Third||$600||Carolyn & Russell Russo||Emma Petersen|
To download any aria in a choice of video resolutions,click on its title. This takes you to the Vimeo website; then simply click on the Download button. Depending on the resolution chosen, these files may be 50MB or larger. Audio files are also available upon request to the webmaster.) Go to Graduate AriasGo to Graduate Arias
Undergraduate HD Videos
- Brianna Barnhart, soprano: Les oiseaux dans la charmille, from Les contes d’Hoffmann, by Jacques Offenbach (1819–1880)
Olympia, a mechanical doll, sings an aria that enchants Hoffmann, despite her needing to be wound up along the way.
- Dan Marino, tenor: A tenor, all singers above, from Utopia, Limited, by Arthur Sullivan (1842–1900)
Captain Fitzbattleaxe tells his love, Zara, that his passion is adversely affecting his singing voice.
Clare Demer, soprano: O quante volte, from I Capuleti ed i Montecchi, by Vincenzo Bellini (1801–1835)
Juliet expresses her longing for Romeo.
- Joseph Gouge, tenor: Vainement ma bien-aimee, from Le roi d’Ys, by Edouard Lalo (1823–1892)
Mylio, a young warrior, tries to convince his fiancée to join him in the wedding procession.
- Emily Garcia, soprano: Ach ich fühl’s, from Die Zauberflöte, by W. A. Mozart (1756–1791)
Pamina fears that the absent Tamino does not love her.
- Kristen Fabry, mezzo-soprano: En vain pour éviter,from Carmen, by Georges Bizet (1838–1875)
In the cards Carmen foresees death for both her and José.
(tie) Antonio Cruz, baritone: Come Paride vezzoso, from L’elisir d’amore, by Gaetano Donizetti (1797–1848).
Sgt. Belcore is confident of success as he woos Adina, since no girl can resist the sight of a military uniform.
(tie) Taylor Trolia-Giron, soprano: Mi chiamano Mimì, from La bohème, by Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924).
Mimì describes her life as an embroidress in her tiny room overlooking the rooftops of Paris.
2017 Undergraduate Audio Files
If you missed our 14th annual Quest for the Best vocal competition, now for the first time you can see, hear, and download all the graduate and undergraduate arias. If you prefer, you can hear and download all the graduate and undergraduate arias in uncompressed WAV audio format. You can also see the list of winners and amounts of the awards.