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Senior Sarah Pistorius Takes Third in Vocal Competition

Senior Sarah Pistorius Takes Third in Vocal Competition

April 6, 2017

DePauw University senior Sarah Pistorius,  a mezzo-soprano and vocal performance major in the DePauw School of Music, is the third place winner of the Southern Illinois Young Artist Organization's (SIYAO) annual vocal music competition.  for the purpose of Encouraging Excellence in the Arts. 

The Intelligencer of Edwardsville, Illinois notes, "The competition is open to anyone twenty to thirty years of age.  This organization was founded by Robert Raymond to assist young artists to develop their competitive and performance skills in the vocal and instrumental areas of study.  The competition awards monetary prizes ranging from $250 - $1000 and encourages the winners to return for a public recital.

At DePauw, Pistorius studies under Professor Caroline B. Smith. "During her time at DePauw Sarah has performed leading roles in operas and musicals such as Little Women, La Finta Giardiniera, L'incoronazione di Poppea and Company.  Most recently she performed the role in Emma Jones in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene. She's also performed and participated in masterclasses with guest artists such as Frederica von Stade, Laurie Rubin, Lisa Vrooman, Jason Robert Brown, Adam Guettel, Laura Osnes, and Gabriela Lena Frank.  Sarah had the privilege of working with composer Mark Adamo on his opera Little Women, who called her performance of Jo March 'beautifully transparent.... really wonderful'."

The newspaper adds that Pistorius is a member of the DePauw Chamber Singers and has performed in Mexico, France, and at the White House and the Halifax Summer Opera Festival. She also "joined Opera in the Ozarks as a studio artist, performing opera outreach shows for under-served families in northwestern Arkansas. After graduation Sarah will once again spend the summer with Opera in the Ozarks, as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro by Mozart, and after that she will move to Glasgow, Scotland to pursue her master’s degree in vocal performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland."

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