Meet the recipient of the 2014 Marilyn C. Lloyd Award in Vocal Music!
Some very talented college musicians auditioned in January, and we're pleased to announce that Stony Brook University sophomore David Davani is this year's winner. David will be singing with us during our fall/winter concert season. You must come hear him!
A baritone, David John Davani is a sophomore majoring in Music at Stony Brook University Honors College. In 2012, he was awarded Stony Brooks's Bright Lights Scholarship for strong academics and music performance achievement for four years. In high school, David was a member of select ensembles, The Madrigal Singers, and the Chamber Choir at Mannes College Prep. In 2010, he auditioned for Voice and was accepted into Mannes' rigorous honors program for gifted musicians. He performed in many solo recitals and festivals including the Leonard Bernstein Festival, where he sang Lucky To Be Me, and the Mendelssohn Festival, where he sang It Is Enough from the oratorio Elijah. In June 2012, his senior year recital, he performed at Mannes' Concert Hall, including works by Bellini, Donizetti, Strauss, and others. In 2013, David was a YoungArts award winner for classical voice. The YoungArts Program is a national competition by the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts that identifies and supports emerging artists. In the spring of 2013, he was invited to sing Mozart's Per Questa Bella Mano as a guest artist in a doctoral recital. This year at Stony Brook, David sang in and conducted excerpts of Handel's Messiah, including "The Trumpet Shall Sound" and "Worthy is the Lamb that was Slain . . . Amen." Also, this year he was invited to sing in Stony Brook University's Graduate Opera Workshop under the direction of David Lawton and Timothy Long. He was the only undergraduate among several doctoral students performing in opera scenes from Eugene Onegin as Zaretsky and as Monterone in Rigoletto at the Staller Center Recital lHall and Brookhaven National Laboratory's Berkner Hall.
Are you a college freshman or sophomore interested in auditioning for this $1,000 award? Perhaps you know a gifted singer. Watch for details in the coming months.