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Studio for Voice News 2020

A big congratulations to our EIGHT graduating seniors: Daisy Billington, who will be attending Bennington College; Noa Goldsmith, attending UC Berkeley; Natalie Krenik, attending DePaul University; Maya Lauer, attending Willamette University; Parker Lauer, attending UC Santa Barbara; Amelia Mardesich, attending UC San Diego; Zelda Saltzman, attending Kenyon College; and Ava Wasson, attending Georgetown University!

The SMMUSD Kiwanis auditions were held in May, and the following 12 students were acknowledged: Middle School Vocalist Finalists: Sahil Srivastava (First Place), Zoe Dale (Honorable Mention), and Celine Hutchinson (Honorable Mention). High School Vocalist Finalists, Lower Division: Matthew Thorson (Second Place) and Emily Gomez.  High School Vocalist Finalists, Upper Division: Karly Bang (Honorable Mention), Noa Goldsmith, Lindzi Hutchinson, Natalie Krenik, Kole Lee, Amelia Mardesich, and Ashil Srivastava.

Our Certificate of Merit Branch evaluations took place this February, which tested students in performance evaluations, musicianship, and music theory. ALL students received State Honors in their respective levels: Sofia Guzman (Panel Honors Recital, MTAC Convention), Kole Lee (Branch Honors & Theory Honor Roll),  Amelia Mardesich (Master Class, MTAC Convention), Paige Prodonovich (Branch Honors & Theory Honor Roll), Niko Salmaggi (Branch Honors & Theory Honor Roll), Zelda Saltzman (Theory Honor Roll), Natalia Solano, Ashil Srivastava (Theory Honor Roll), Sahil Srivastava, and Matthew Thorson (Branch Honors).

This past February the following students participated in the MTAC VOCE Competition: Intermediate Solo Division, Voice: Matthew Thorson, Second Place – State Finals; Karly Kato Bang, Third Place – Branch Div.; Emily Gomez, Honorable Mention – Branch Div.; Paige Prodonovich, Honorable Mention – Branch Div. Senior Solo Division, Voice: Parker Lauer, First Place – Branch Div.; Amelia Mardesich, Second Place – Branch Div.; Third Place Tie – Branch Div.: Maya Lauer and Ashil Srivastava; Sofia Marie Bustamante Guzman, Honorable Mention – Branch Div.

This academic year our studio participated once again in the National Association of Teachers of Singing SEP Auditions, a competition which includes all Branches of LA and Orange Counties. Our participants were Sofia Guzman (taking 1st Place, 11th grade Women’s Classical division), Jonas Dannenbaum, Noa Goldsmith, Celine and Lindzi Hutchinson, Amelia Mardesich, and Zelda Saltzman. 

The following 15 (!) of our students were accepted to Southern California Vocal Association Honor Choirs earlier this past Fall: Karly Bang, Arielle Candaele, Noa Goldsmith, Emily Gomez, Lindzi Hutchinson, Colin Inatsugu, Sade Inatsugu, Maya Lauer, Parker Lauer, Kole Lee, Paige Prodonovich, Niko Salmaggi, Ashil Srivastava, Megan Suchet and Matthew Thorson. Kole Lee was also selected as an SCVA Solo Finalist.

Cast in musicals this academic year: Santa Monica High School’s Addam’s Family: Karly Bang (Morticia), Ethan Dale (Gomez); Noa Goldsmith, Natalie Krenik, and Amelia Mardesich; and at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre’s production of Legally Blonde: Daisy Billington (Elle), Ethan Dale (Emmett), Thea Lawson (Margot) and Zelda Saltzman (Kate).

Welcome to our newest student: Roz Larsen!

(If you are a current Studio for Voice student or an Alum, feel free to contact us with any news you’d like us to share).