It is with great pride that we present our past and current scholarship winners:
Aisha Carpenter is a student of Ballard High School.
Maddy Barnes is a 2015 graduate from Ballard High School, in Seattle, Washington. Music has always been a big influence in her life, and she comes from a musical family that sings and plays together. She began piano lessons when she was seven years old and playing the trombone at eight.
She played trombone for the award winning Ballard High School Jazz Band all four years. She has been singing all her life in church, school choirs, and outside events, and she began taking voice lessons in high school. In addition, Maddy has been involved in both competitive gymnastics and swimming, and she enjoys both snow skiing and water skiing. She has also studied Norwegian for the past 6 years and is fluent in the language.
In the fall of 2015 Maddy will attend California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California to study music, and she is so excited and grateful for the opportunity to be study and perform. She is thankful for the generous scholarship from the Lake Washington Singers which will help support her college dreams.
Ryan, our first male scholarship winner, is a student at Lindbergh High School. His passion for live performance began 8 years ago and continues unabated. With his mother’s encouragement Ryan joined a musical theater class at age 8 and has been performing since. He has played Horton in “Suessical” twice, Cinderella’s prince, the wolf in “Into the Woods”, Curly in “Oklahoma”, and has been a member of his school’s choir for two years. A student at Lindbergh High School, Ryan’s talent and theatric life have not hindered his studies where he carries an enviable GPA!
Kelsey, a recent graduate of Puyallup High School in Puyallup, Washington, is attending Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin, studying for her BFA in Music Theatre. Kelsey has been performing since she was four and was an avid performer in the PHS drama department. She was a member of the PHS Concert Choir and competed at the state level for her soprano solo in the state solo and ensemble competition. While in high school her studies also included flute and dance.
Syd Coan, a sophomore at Inglemoor High School in Kenmore, WA, is our 2011 scholarship winner. Syd is enlisted in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Progam at Inglemoor High School with her outside school activities centered on music and vocal performance.
- Syd has been performing musical theatre since she was very young and has recently found a love of opera. She hopes to major in opera at a music school conservatory on the east coast after high school. Her voice teacher is Laura Shepherd of Renton, WA. Syd’s most recent roles have been:
- Puck (A Midsummer Night’s Dream – performed at Studio East)
- Lady McDuff (The PorterMacbeth)
- Marcy Park (25th Century Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee)
Meowset enjoys acting and dancing, as well as playing piano and writing music. She hopes to “sustain a career through her passion” for singing, acting, and dancing. Ms Abbett studied Opera and Communication at the University of Washington and is now at the 4/4 School of Music in Redmond, WA, giving instruction lessons in piano and voice.
Meowset Abbett (with accompanist Jenifer Kooiman) was featured at the Lake Washington Singers 2010 spring concert when the LWS presented “Rhythms of Life”. The 2010 Vocal Scholarship Award was presented to Meowset during the concert. Her High School voice instructor was Cherry Van Overstraeten.
Ms. Abbett has a personal web page at MySpace.com and is well represented on YouTube.
It is our privilege to introduce Lian Caspi, the winner of our 2008 Vocal Scholarship Award. Lian will graduate May 2013 from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, with her major in psychology with additional interests in sociology and music. She has been granted a Watson Fellowship, a one-year grant of $25,000 for independent study and travel outside the U.S. The prestigious Watson Fellowship will take her around the world studying music therapy.
While at Whitman College Lian was very active in a variety of clubs including the acapella group on campus Schwa. Under the Study Abroad Program, Lian travelled to Machu Picchu, Peru, in 2012.
Our 2007 winner is Andrea Zomorodian. Andrea graduated with a magna cum laude degree in Vocal Arts from USC in Los Angeles and performed her Senior Voice Recital on May 14th, 2011 in Pasadena, CA. She has received a Fulbright award and will be moving to Vienna, Austria, in September 2011 to study music and teach English for the upcoming year.
Originally from Bellevue, Andrea enjoys performance of all kinds including opera, oratorio, musical theater and dance. While attending college she sang with USC Chamber Singers, USC Chamber Opera, the Choir of Saint James LA’, and performed with the USC Opera, Trojan Consort and Horizon Music Group.
In recent summers, Andrea has interned at Seattle Opera and attended summer programs such as the Vancouver International Song Institute and Bel Canto Northwest Vocal Institute. She won her division at the Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside (Bellevue) in 2010 and gave two undergraduate recitals (Los Angeles) . She performed on a tour of English Cathedrals in summer of 2010 with the Choir of Saint James’ LA in their Pilgrimage to Canterbury as well as teaching theater in Seattle. She was back in the Seattle area for the 2011 summer teaching musical theater at Broadway Bound and gave her first professional recital at St Mark’s Cathedral on Capitol Hill.
Her arts experience includes many years in the USA Junior Olympic Gymnastics program, musical theater, Assistant Minister at St Andrews Lutheran Church in Bellevue, Academy of Music NW conservatory, and playing flute in band and orchestra. Her local voice teachers were Karen Nestvold and Marianne Weltmann. In her spare time, Andrea loves spending time with her wonderful family, friends and her cat, as well as traveling and exploring the rich cultural life of Los Angeles.
Elise Vikari is currently serving as a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the Kentucky Louisville Mission.
Elise, our 2006 scholarship winner, is a 2010 graduate of BYU – Idaho with a Bachelor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance. She continued her studies at Utah State University with special emphasis on Communicative Disorders. While at BYU – Idaho, she played the part of Dido in the summer 2009 theatrical production of Dido & Aeneas by Gianni Schicci. She performed in her Senior Voice Recital on December 11, 2010, at Snow Recital Hall on the BYU campus.
After completing her college studies, Elise taught music at Sammamish Children’s School in North Bend, Washington where she had graduated from Mt Si High School. Her voice teacher while in High School was Edie Delegans.
Our 2005 winner is Deanna Breiwick. Deanna completed her undergraduate work at Mannes College of Music in New York where she studied with Ruth Falcon and Beth Roberts. She received her Masters of Music at Juilliard in May 2011. Deanna is currently a young artist in Juilliard’s Artist Diploma for Opera Studies. It is a two year fully paid program that only accepted one singer in Deanna’s voice type.
Deanna was a Metropolitan Opera Audition Grand Finalist in March 2011. Deanna played the role of Sophie Scholl in November 2011 at Juilliard Opera / the U.S. premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ Kommilitonen! Deanna has also accepted a cover role with The Met, and leading roles with Chicago Opera and St. Louis Opera. Deanna sang Zaide at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall and played the role of Nanetta in Verdi’s Falstaff at Aspen Music Festival.
Deanna’s website: http://www.deannabreiwick.com/
This is from Juilliard news, October 9, 2009:
“Soprano Deanna Breiwick, a native of Seattle, is a first year master of music student studying at Juilliard with Edith Bers and is a recipient of the Florence Page Kimball Scholarship. Ms. Breiwick recently was praised for her portrayal of Sister Constance in Poulenc’s ‘Dialogues of the Carmelites’ with Mannes Opera. Her many awards include grants from the Giulio Gari Foundation, the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, and Richard F. Gold Career Grant.”
And this from the The Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, 2009:
“Deanna Breiwick, Soprano, 22 years of age is one of our youngest winners. She is studying at Mannes College of Music and has also studied at the International Vocal Arts Institutions in Puerto Rico, Montreal and Germany and was a Grant winner for The Giulio Gari Foundation Vocal Competition.”
The last paragraph of the NY Times review includes this enjoyable critique:
“But Ms. Breiwick stole the show in the end with a masterly reading of Handel’s “Saeviat Tellus Inter Rigores” (HWV 240). She positively gamboled through the ornamental thickets, emerging unscathed, and soared through the heights with seeming ease. All the same, she of all people may have been grateful for that A tuned down to 415.”
Photo by Eric Krebs
Our 2003 winner is Caitlin Vincent. A native of Seattle, Washington, soprano Caitlin Vincent has been praised for her “sparkling” tone and pristine coloratura. Hailed as a “lovely performer” with “exemplary stage presence,” she made her international debut in 2007 as Amour in Clerambault’s solo cantata “Amour pique par une abeille” at Le Mois Moliere in Versailles, France. Caitlin has received first place honors from the Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside (PAFE) and both MD/DC/VA and Pacific Northwest chapters of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Vocal Competition. She has been presented with scholarships from the Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society and the Lake Washington Singers, as well as two professional grants from The Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association. While studying for her Master’s degree in vocal performance at the Peabody Institute, Ms. Vincent was the recipient of two Peabody Career Development Grants, second place in the Frost School of Music at Salzburg Recital Competition, and the prestigious George Woodhead Prize for Voice. In June 2012 Caitlin participated in the Professional Program of SongFest at Colburn (located in Los Angeles), where she performed in masterclasses with Graham Johnson, Martin Katz, Margo Garrett, Jake Heggie, Amy Burton, and John Musto. SongFest is an intense program that focuses on the art of song, learning from experts in the field of classical art song.
Recent opera roles include Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Belinda and 1st Witch in Dido and Aeneas, Dew Fairy/Sandman in Hansel and Gretel, Sister Constance in The Dialogues of the Carmelites, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, L’ecureuil in L’enfant et les Sortileges, and Rose Maybud in Ruddigore. In April 2011, Caitlin premiered the role of Janey in Paul Mathews’ opera Piecing it Apart, a performance for which she was described as a “standout” by Sequenza21. Equally praised for her interpretations of concert repertoire, Caitlin has performed as soprano soloist in Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate and Mass in C Minor, Vivaldi’s Magnificat, Handel’s motet Silete Vente, and Bach’s Cantata Nos. 51, 96, and 211.
In June 2009, Caitlin founded The Figaro Project (www.thefigaroproject.com), an opera troupe dedicated to creating performance opportunities for emerging singers and presenting opera in accessible ways. A classically-trained ballet dancer, Caitlin holds degrees from Harvard University and the Peabody Conservatory. For more information, please visit www.caitlinvincent.com.
Our 2002 winner is Abigail Mitchell. Soprano Abigail Mitchell, a native of Kirkland, Washington, recently completed her training as Artist Diploma at the International Opera School of the Royal College of Music in London, a two year study program supported in full by the Georgina Joshi Foundation. Opera roles include Najade (professional debut–Indianapolis Opera), Susanna, Anna Reich, and Javotte. Her roles include Fiordiligi at the Royal College of Music, and Norina with Westminster Opera in Southwest France. Her teachers include Eiddwen Harrhy, Carol Vaness, and Patricia Wise.
Abigail graduated from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with degrees in both voice and performance. At Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, she studied with reknowed sopranos Carol Vaness and Patricia Wise. While at the Jacobs School, she was seen as Anna Reich in Die Lusitgen Weiber von Windsor and Javotte inManon, both with the IU Opera Theater, as well as Nuria in the collegiate premiere of Golijov’s Ainadamar with the IU Chamber Orchestra.
As a member of Indianapolis Opera’s Young Artist Ensemble, she also performed in extensive outreach and educational events, including Yum-Yum in the school performances of The Mikado. Additional performance credits include Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute, Lucy in The Threepenny Opera with Detour Theater Company, and the soprano solo in Carmina Burana in Indianapolis and as a guest artist at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil.
A 2002 graduate of Inglemoor High School, Abigail began her studies in London in September of 2010.
For more about this amazingly talented women, her website: http://www.abigailmitchellsoprano.com/.
Melanie Studley received her B.A. from The Evergeen State College in Theatre/Voice/and Expressive Arts in 2005. Melanie has been a private vocal coach since 2005, teaching in Issaquah and Maple Valley. She also taught the “Singing for Musical Theater” course at the Village Theatre in Issaquah for 5 years.
This past winter Maple Valley Creative Arts Council sponsored a series of theatrical workshops, instructed by Melanie, to teach teens techniques adapted for them for serious theatrical growth in dramatic acting and stage presence for singing in musicals.
Melanie currently performs with her church music program in and around the Seattle area. She lives in Maple Valley with her husband and two sons.
Ashley Yvonne Wheat is our year 2000 winner. From a very young age Ms. Wheat found an innate joy in song and seemed to exhibit a natural affinity for music as well. Ashley hails from Issaquah, Washington where she began studying with her vocal instructor, Edie Delegans. She was a class of 2000 graduate from Issaquah High School.
Ashley Wheat now finds herself a singer, wife and mother. She has been training vocally for more than half her life, with her voice taking her from Seattle to Boston, Los Angeles, Aspen, Kansas City and abroad. She performs locally in Kansas City with the Lyric Opera Express program as well as the Kansas City Fine Arts Institute and is currently a student of tenor, Vinson Cole. Ashley is also finding time to instruct in Opera (vocal technique), Musical Theatre (vocal technique), and Voice Audition Preparation.
Ashley’s studies began at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and were completed at the University of Southern California where she studied under the tutelage of Elizabeth Hynes. She attended the Aspen Music Festival and School in 2005 and 2006, working with Los Angeles Opera conductor, James Conlon, and current conductor in residence for the Seattle Symphony, Asher Fisch. She has performed with the Sammamish Symphony under conductor Joseph Scott, and was a finalist for the Palm Springs Opera Guild Competition. This past summer, she made her international debut in Egilsstadir, Iceland in a recital series singing with her husband, tenor, Vigthor Zophoniasson.
Ashley is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a BM in Vocal Performance.
Read more: http://www.myspace.com/ashleyyvonnewheat
Our 1999 winner is Elyse Nakajima. Elyse, a soprano, recently made debuts with Berkeley Opera as Zerlina in Don Giovanni and with West Bay Opera covering Musettain La Boheme. A 2008-2009 young artist at San Diego Opera, she toured with the Education Ensemble as Despina in Cosi fan tutte and made her mainstage debut in Don Quichotte. Additional operatic credits include Marie (La Fille du Regiment) with Seattle’s N.O.I.S.E., Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro) with the Martina Arroyo Foundation, Feu/Princesse/Rossignol (L’enfant et les sortileges) with Intermezzo Opera, Servilia (La Clemenza di Tito) and Romilda (Xerxes) with New York Opera Studio, and Pamina (Die Zauberflote) and Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance) with Stanford University.
Elyse Nakajima participated in the Montalto, Italy, Musica Festival in July 2011 and in the International Sommerakademie Masterclasses at Universitaet Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria, August 2011. Her recent 2011 performances include the role of Pamina (The Magic Flute, Mozart), West Bay Opera, and Blind Flower (Farangis Nurulla-Khoja) at the Stanford Pan Asian Music Festival.
Ms. Nakajima is also an active concert soloist and has performed with Schola Cantorum, Golden State Pops Orchestra, Art of Elan, Peninsula Symphony Orchestra, Bechstein Vocal Series, and St. Mark’s-in-the-Bowery. She has been a finalist in the Palm Beach Opera Competition and a semi-finalist in the Florida Grand Opera Competition, and won a 2009 Career Grant from The Opera Buffs. Originally from Bellevue, WA, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree, with double majors in Music and Linguistics, from Stanford University. She currently lives in Seattle, Washington.
Ms. Nakajima has a personal web page here: http://sites.google.com/site/elysenakajima/
Photo by Arielle Doneson
Our 1998 winner is soprano Anya Matanovic. Praised for the “thrilling vocal color” and “sweetly winning” presence, American soprano Anya Matanovic (ma ta’ no vich) made her international opera debut as Musetta in Franco Zeffirelli’s captivating production of Puccini’s La boheme during the New Israeli Opera’s 2008-2009 season.
Summer of 2012 Anya joined the Crested Butte Music Festival in the role of Pamina in Die Zauberflote, and played Marzelline in Fidelio with a return to Seattle Opera. She is currently making her role debut as Gilda in Rigoletto at the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra. This schedule will be followed by Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflote, Utah Opera, Zerlina in Mozart’s Do Giovanni, Madison Opera, Wanda in Offenbach’s The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein, Santa Fe Opera, and Ada Leverson (cover) in the world premier of Theodore Morrison’s Oscar, Santa Fe Opera.
Her many roles in 2011-2012 included the role of Adina in L’elisir d’amore, for Utah Opera, and Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro for Kentucky Opera, as well as concert with Illinois Symphony Orchestra featuring works by Mozart.
In the 2010-2011 season, Anya Matanovic sang her first Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with Madison Opera, returning to Seattle Opera for Erste Dame in Die Zauberflote, reprised the role of Gretel in Hansel und Gretel with Utah Opera, and made her role and company debut with Glimmerglass Opera as Micaela in Carmen, conducted by Music Director David Angus. The 2009 – 2010 season saw Ms. Matanovic`s company debut as Gretel in Hansel und Gretel with Kentucky Opera, her main stage debut with Seattle Opera, as Nannetta in Falstaff, and her debut with the Richmond Symphony as the soprano soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana. She also appeared in Madison Opera’s Opera in the Park concert.
In the fall of 2008, Ms. Matanovic made her Opera Cleveland debut as Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hansel und Gretel, conducted by Artistic Director Dean Williamson, and returned for their spring production of Verdi’s Falstaff as Nannetta. In summer of 2009, she joined the Seattle Opera artist roster for their internationally revered production of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, directed by Stephen Wadsworth.
Ms. Matanovic is a graduate of the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program and the Seattle Opera Young Artist Program, where she appeared in their productions of Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, as Flora, Mozart’s La Serva Padrona, as Serpina, and Falstaff, as Nannetta.
Anya Matanovic made her professional opera debut, directly from her undergraduate studies, as Mimi in the Los Angeles commercial engagement of Baz Luhrmann’s Tony Award-winning production of La boheme. She appeared in University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music productions of The Crucible, Gianni Schicchi, and Hansel und Gretel.
Ms. Matanovic is equally comfortable on the concert stage, having appeared with the Portland (OR) Chamber Orchestra, Hoku Concert Series in Hawaii, the Palm Springs Orchestra and the Music of Remembrance Concert Series in Seattle. Ms. Matanovic was also a Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and has been a prizewinner in competitions sponsored by such institutions as the Gerda Lissner Foundation, Opera Buffs, Leni Fe Bland, and the Sun Valley Opera. She is a co-founder of NachtMusik, an operatic outreach group dedicated to bringing opera to the many different communities of Los Angeles.
Born in Madison, Wisconsin and raised in Issaquah, Washington to a Slovenian father and American mother, the soprano now calls New York City her home, where she lives with filmmaker John Roche and their cat, Grippus. Ms. Matanovic has a personal web page here:www.AnyaMatanovic.com.
Andrea Noble Erickson was honored to win the 1996 Lake Washington Singers scholarship as a senior at Bellevue’s International School. With the encouragement and tutelage of a number of excellent voice coaches and choir directors, Andrea nurtured a love of music and performance that she carried with her to higher education in Beloit, Wisconsin, the National University of Ireland in Galway, and at Lewis & Clark in Portland, Oregon.
Although music continues to be one of her passions, Andrea went on to get both a BA and then an MA in Counseling Psychology and Addiction Treatment. She now works in Bellevue with Youth Eastside Services, providing counseling to youth and families, as well as serving as a drug/alcohol counselor/educator at Eastlake High School in Sammamish, and working at Camp Mariposa with kids affected by addiction in their families. She finds continuing joy in encouraging youth to express themselves creatively, especially with music. Learn more at: www.youtheastsideservices.org
In her spare time, Andrea continues to sing opera, jazz and folk music, and be involved with Seattle’s Poetry Slam scene. She and her husband Brandon -himself a singer and jazz guitarist when he’s not working at medical school – hope to soon join Seattle’s Gilbert & Sullivan Society. Both are deeply dedicated to community involvement, whether it be supporting local farmers at the farmer’s market, encouraging local musicians by attending performances, or staying abreast of local issues around environment, education and transportation. Andrea also has a deep love of cooking, and has started her own business as an in-home gourmet caterer, specializing in multi-course dining experiences for small, intimate gatherings.
Our 1995 winner is Mary Votava. Mary began her career as a performing artist at the age of 4, reenacting The Billy Goat’s Gruff in her backyard, using a felled tree as the infamous bridge. She was very convincing in the role of “The Troll” and even left bite marks in one of her friend’s legs. As soon as camcorder technology became affordable, Mary was borrowing her friends’ parents’ cameras and making films and musicals for every possible school project where media format was unspecified.
In her teens, Mary began singing more seriously. She did some children’s roles with the Seattle Opera, then went on to receive her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance (graduation with honors) from Oberlin Conservatory after graduating high school. Post college, she moved back to Seattle and spent a couple years performing in local musical theater and opera productions before moving to Los Angeles to pursue her original passion: acting in film and television.
While waiting for her lucky break, Mary studies math and physics, with the intention of attaining a Ph.D. in some uber-nerdy subject like Astrophysics or Aerospace Engineering. (This, pre-supposing she can make it through her lower division courses without frying her noodle). She also participates with the Southern California Australian Football League (www.scafl.com), and is always looking for men -AND WOMEN- to come play the best sport on the planet.
Ms. Votava has a personal web page here: http://www.maryvotava.com/.
Our 1994 winner is Allison Weiss. After graduating from Redmond High School, Allison Weiss has received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education, Cum Laude, from University of Puget Sound, a Master of Arts in Music from University of Portland, Oregon, and a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies from University of Chicago. She has traveled extensively in Latin American countries and is fluent in Spanish, using her language skills to both teach and translate.
Currently Allison is living in Greater Salt Lake City and is Learning Designer/Facilitator at Instructure, Inc. which is an Information Technology and Services industry. She formerly was Language and Technology Coordinator of Hispanic Studies at Illinois Wesleyan University in central Illinois.
Allison is also both founder and president of LAASA (Latin American Art Song Alliance). LAASA is an organization which is designed to coordinate the efforts of scholars, musicians, and educators to promote Latin American classical music, beginning with the solo vocal repertoire also known as art song. On November 20, 2010, Allison Weiss, soprano, and Nancy Pounds, pianist, performed twelve Argentine lullabies as part of The New Music Cafe series organized by the IWU School of Music. The lullabies, composed between 1919 and 1993, represented a wide variety of styles and perspectives on maternity, childhood, and creole identities in urban and rural Argentina. The works of several Latin American artists accompanied the English translations of the songs, which were projected on the stage next to the performers.
Allison’s career goals include designing and using technologies that will improve teaching and learning in the classroom and gaining additional expertise in the areas of international copyright laws, sheet music publishing and digital music distribution. She loves the Spanish language and continues to teach Spanish classes at IWU. Visit Allison’s web site at www.iwu.edu/~aweiss.
Hailing from Seattle, Washington, mezzo-soprano Heidi Vanderford is the first Lake Washington Singers scholarship winner. Since winning the top award in 1993, Heidi has enjoyed successful careers in both the business world and in vocal performance. She is currently executive assistant at Kingman Winslow LLC.
Heidi’s career in vocal performance shows theatrical highlights in many arenas. Starting with her degrees in music and vocal performance at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, and at Indiana University Bloomington, her roles have included soloist with Skagit Opera, International Opera Theater, New York City Opera, Seattle Symphony, and Seattle Opera, to name but a few. In addition to singing a wide range of roles in these debuts she has also been fortunate to cover all of the five Valkyries at Seattle Opera in their 2005 production of Der Ring Des Niebilungen. She has participated in Washington National Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Opera Theater of St. Louis, and Fundacio de Gran Teatre del Liceu.
Tempered with her operatic successes she has found great fulfillment in singing concert repertoire including Spanish works such as El Amor Brujo and various chamber works for voice and classical guitar. In the 2006-2007 season Ms. Vanderford attended “The Interpretation of Spanish Song” workshop in Granada, Spain. She was one of five singers chosen to sing in masterclasses with the world famous mezzo-soprano Teresa Berganza. She also has a particular interest in oratorio works and has performed Handel’s Messiah, Verdi Requiem and the alto solo in the Rachmaninov Vespers to great acclaim.
Through the years Heidi has contributed to the music industry through voice and piano instruction in both private practice and public schools.
Lake Washington Singers is dedicated to providing scholarships to high school vocal students. Each spring the group selects finalists from a pool of applicants. The winner of the competition receives a monetary award and the opportunity to perform during our spring concert. Contact us for more information.