We are delighted to report that current CCM students Talya Lieberman and Reilly Nelson took home top prizes during the final round of the 2016 Lotte Lenya Competition. Sponsored by the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, the prestigious competition was held on April 16 in Kilbourn Hall of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.
Lieberman won a Third Prize, which includes a cash award of $7,500. Nelson received a Carolyn Weber Award in recognition of outstanding creativity in the design of a diverse program and exceptional sensitivity to text/music relationships, which includes a $3,500 prize.
Nine awards and a total prize purse of $79,000 were given in the competition's most competitive year yet. Foundation President and founder of the competition Kim Kowalke said of this year's competition:
"The total amount and number of prizes awarded reflects the high level displayed at this year's contest. It is a testament to the competition's growth over nearly two decades."
You can learn more about all of this year's winners by visiting www.kwf.org.