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November 13, 2016
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Three Winners Named in 2016-17 Utah District
Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions 
26 Singers Competed in November 12th Auditions for Cash Prizes and a Chance to Perform on Stage of the Met

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SALT LAKE CITY –  Sarah Coit, Mary Hoskins, and Eric Taylor were named winners of the 2016-17 Utah District Auditions of the Metropolitan Opera National Council (MONC) held in Salt Lake City on November 12, 2016. The competition included 26 singers and was held in Libby Gardner Concert Hall on the University of Utah Campus. Each of the three Utah District winners received a cash prize of $1,000 and will compete with the winners of the Colorado-Wyoming, Nevada, and New Mexico districts at the Rocky Mountain Regional auditions on Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 1:30 PM in the Newman Center at the University of Denver. The judges also awarded two encouragement awards of $500 each to Shannon Jones and Addison MarlorMary Hoskins received the Audience Choice Award. The competition included 26 singers and was held in Libby Gardner Concert Hall on the University of Utah Campus. 
The MONC Utah District Auditions are supported in part by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums, with funding from the State of Utah and National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is provided by the residents of Salt Lake County through the Zoo, Arts & Parks (ZAP) Program, the Salt Lake City Arts Council, BYU Broadcasting, and the University of Utah School of Music.
Mary Hoskins, Eric Taylor, Sarah Coit, Addison Marlor, Shannon Jones
Region winners will receive a cash prize and be sponsored to go to New York in March for the National Council Auditions Semi-Finals. There, they will sing in a closed competition, accompanied by piano on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera, for a place as a National Council Auditions Finalist. The Finalists will then perform at the Grand Finals Concert on the stage of The Metropolitan Opera, and up to five singers will be selected as National Council Auditions Winners. The Winners will each receive a $15,000 prize and will join the National Council Auditions’ impressive roster of alumni. Many of the world’s foremost singers have received awards from the National Council and over one hundred alumni of the National Council Auditions sing in Met performances during a typical opera season.

Sarah Coit, a 26 year-old mezzo soprano and native of Spring Hill, Florida, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Studies and a BA in Theatre Performance from the University of South Florida in 2013 and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Michigan in 2015. She is currently a Utah Opera Resident Artist where she was recently featured as Mercédès in Carmen, she will be a soloist at the upcoming Utah Symphony Messiah Sing-In and Mozart Requiem concerts, and will sing the role of Zerlina in Utah Opera’s May production of Don GiovanniMary Hoskins, a 24 year-old soprano and native of Saratoga Springs, Utah, is currently a vocal performance student at Brigham Young University. She was the first place winner of the 2013 National Association of Teachers of Singing Utah District Competition, has been a finalist in the BYU Singer of the Year and Classical Singer competitions, and received the Deborah Voigt Award at the 2016 Utah Vocal Arts Academy. 
Eric Taylor, a 22 year-old tenor and native of St. George, Utah, is currently a music student at Westminster College. He sang Luis in The Gondoliers in 2015 and Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance in 2014, both with Utah Lyric Opera. Shannon Jones, a 22 year-old native of Magna, Utah is a vocal performance student at Weber State University. Addison Marlor, a 26 year old tenor and native of Salt Lake City, Utah is a vocal performance student at Utah Valley University.

The judges for the 2016-17 Utah District auditions were Richard Bado, Director of the Opera Studies Program, Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and Chorus Master, Houston Grand Opera; Judith Forst, Canadian Mezzo Soprano; and Ben Heppner, Dramatic Tenor and CBC Radio Host. Each of the 26 singers who participated in the auditions had the opportunity to receive one-on-one feedback and career advice from the judges. Mr. Heppner will remain in Utah to give a masterclass for University of Utah vocal performance students on Monday, November 14 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Thompson Chamber Music Hall, the class is open to the public to observe. 

The MONC Auditions is a program designed to discover promising young opera singers and assist the development of their careers. The auditions are held annually in 12 Regions of the United States and Canada. The Utah District is one of 42 districts within these regions, and provides an opportunity for talented local singers to enter the auditions. Hundreds of volunteers across North America help the Met organize and fund the National Council Auditions in their respective Districts and Regions. They also help the Met raise nearly $500,000 in prize money that the National Council Auditions awards annually at the District, Regional and national levels of the competition. The 2016-17 Utah District Auditions are supported in part by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums, with funding from the State of Utah and National Endowment for the Arts, as well as by the Salt Lake City Arts Council, and by the residents of Salt Lake County through the Zoo, Arts & Parks (ZAP) Program.

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