Worcester - Executive Director Adrien Finlay announced at the annual Beethoven Circle Dinner on June 8, 2016, that Christopher LaMountain of Westborough, a graduating senior from Westborough High School has won both the First Prize for the Music Worcester Young Artists Vocal Competition and the Dr. Gerald R. Mack Award. Chris is a student of Julie Krugman and will be attending Northwestern University.
Established in 2010, the Dr. Gerald R. Mack Award honors the 28-year tenure of the esteemed former Conductor of the Worcester Chorus. The Mack Scholarship is funded by the Chorus. The current Artistic Director and Conductor of the Worcester Chorus, Dr. Christopher Shepard, awarded the prize to Chris at his Beethoven Dinner Performance.
The Young Artists Vocal Prize, awarded for the first time this year by Music Worcester, was previously offered by Opera Worcester, which was officially disbanded in 2015, and the award taken into the family of Young Artist Competitions of Music Worcester.
Winners of the Music Worcester Young Artist Competition for instrumentalists, Junior and Senior Divisions, also performed at the Beethoven Circle Dinner.
Pianist Justin Wang of Northborough, MA was the winner of the Jr. Division First Prize. Justin is a student of Helen Vesterman.
Pianist Sophie Chen of Shrewsbury, MA tied for first place in the Sr. Division. Sophie is a student of Faina Kofman. Grace Betry of Fitchburg, a piano student of Roy Imperio, also took 1st Prize.