Conrad Art Song winners announced

Posted Feb 27th, 2015 by Bonnie Blankenship  Category: Arts & Entertainment


The 16th annual Conrad Art Song Competition at Bowling Green State University was held Feb. 20 in Bryan Recital Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center.

First-place winners in the Undergraduate Division were Autum Cochran-Jordan, soprano (Dayton), and Qincheng Zeng, piano (Hubel-Zianning, China). In second place were Rebekah Wehrly, soprano (Findlay), and Peng Zhang, piano (Shenyang-Liaoning, China). Third-place winners were Daniel Baumgartner, baritone (Findlay), and Amy Faber, piano (Tiffin).

First -place winners in the Graduate Division were Desiree Johnson, soprano (Strongsville), and Alphonsus Kiu, piano (Bayan Lepas Penang, Malaysia). In second place were Jennifer Creswell, soprano (Temperance, Mich.), and Chia-Jung Lin, piano (New Taipei City, Taiwan). Third-place winners were Elizabeth Hood, soprano (Chelsea, Mich.), and Alphonsus Kiu, piano (Bayan Lepas Penang, Malaysia).

Winners in the competition from the voice studio of Myra Merritt included Cochran-Jordan, Cresswell, Hood, Johnson and Wehrly. Baumgartner is a student of Sean Cooper, Kiu is a student of Robert Satterlee, Faber is a student of Tom Rosenkranz, and piano students of Laura Melton who were winners were Lin, Zeng and Zhang.

Judges for the competition included Robert Peavler, baritone, associate professor of voice at Eastern Michigan University; Dr. Mary Beth Armes, voice and piano instructor at the Edinboro University Community Music School; and Laura Silverman, coordinator of the Accompanying Department of the School of Music at the University of Akron.

A total of six prizes were awarded: two first prizes of $1,500 each, two second prizes of $1,000 each, and two third prizes of $750 each. The Dr. Marjorie Conrad Art Song Fund encourages BGSU students to approach the art song in a serious and intense manner and enhance their learning experience by awarding financial prizes for singers and collaborative pianists.

Local physician and patron of the arts Dr. Marjorie Conrad endowed the competition. A native of Philadelphia, Conrad practiced medicine in Wilmington, Del., for nearly 20 years before moving to Bowling Green in 1966 to marry local physician Dr. Roger Peatee. She began her medical practice in Bowling Green the same year, becoming the community’s first woman on the boards of MidAm Bank and MidAm Inc., and, from 1987–89, served as the first woman chief of staff at Wood County Hospital. She retired from the active practice of medicine in 1991. After having studied voice as a young woman, she began studying it again in 1993. Dr. Conrad died in October 2014 at the age of 92.

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