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InConcert hosts youth vocal competition

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InConcert Sierra recently awarded the second annual Sierra Master Chorale Laura June Breen Youth Vocal Competition to first-place contestant Cooper Hardwick, who received $500, and second-place contestant Daniel Heinz receiving $250.

Seven talented contestants, ages 14-21, performed two contrasting songs which gave the audience a chance to hear a variety of choices such as “Music of the Night” from Phantom of the Opera, “Yesterday” by the Beatles, and “The Erlking” by Franz Schubert. The contestants were Jessica Cross, Cooper Hardwick, Daniel Heinz, Trevor Humpherys, Daniel McCord, Toby Thomas-Rose, and Hannah Wellman.

“There was a wonderful diversity of repertoire and very good selections on the part of all the singers.” said Ken Hardin, artistic director of InConcert Sierra who accompanied the singers for the event.



The contestants are not pre-screened and the competition accepts the first 10 applicants.

The judges for this event were Toon Vandevorst, Dawn Simmons, and Elizabeth Kent. The three judges have degrees in vocal performance and have a wide-ranging diversity in career experiences.




“I was very impressed with the talent. They had the basics down,” said Simmons.

Each of the singers will receive the judges’ forms with positive and constructive comments as a follow-up to the event. The event emcee was Daniel Zuckerman who is the son of Laura June Breen for whom the competition was named.

“This competition was Daniel’s concept, and we’re very pleased that it was so successful. We’re looking forward to next season’s competition, which is slated for Nov. 3, 2013 at The Center for the Arts,” said Hardin.

The competition was sponsored by Reed Hamilton of Rent-A-Box in Nevada City, and was held at The Center for the Arts on Oct. 14.

For more information about next season’s SMC Laura June Breen competition, please contact InConcert Sierra at (530) 273-3990.


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