Naumburg 2014 Vocal Winners

Pictured left to right: Sidney Outlaw (second prize winner); Hyo Na Kim (Honorable mention); Julia Bullock (first prize winner) and Michael Kelly (Honorable mention). Photo by Brian Hatton

in Concert Repertoire
This competition is dedicated to the memory of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.

Download the press release

Honorable Mention: HYO NA KIM and MICHAEL KELLY

Final Round took place on Friday, March 14 at Manhattan School of Music in the School's Borden Auditorium.

Friday evening, March 14, 2014 the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation held the Final Round of the 2014 Naumburg International Vocal Competition in Concert Repertoire. Four singers competed in the Final Round that was held in Manhattan School of Music's Borden Auditorium. This competition is dedicated to the memory of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, who passed away on May 18, 2012.

JULIA BULLOCK was named the First Prize Winner. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Ms. Bullock has been acclaimed for singing "with a vivid presence, total dramatic involvement, a full, very beautiful voice . . . and real charisma." (New York Arts). Last spring, she performed the title role of Janacek's "The Cunning Little Vixon," with the Juilliard Opera Center, and most recently made her New York recital debut in the Young Concert Artist recital series. Her prize includes two fully subsidized concerts in New York City; concert engagements throughout the United States; and a cash award of $15,000.

Sidney Outlaw was awarded the Second Prize. He receives a cash award of $10,000. Honorable mentions were awarded to Hyo Na Kim and Michael Kelly. Each receives a cash award of $2,500.

The Jury for the Final Round of the 2014 Naumburg Vocal Competition in Concert Repertoire included: Benita Valente, Chair; Lydia Brown, John Corigliano, Warren Jones, Lauren Flanigan, Catherine Malfitano, Robert Mann, Lucy Shelton, and Paul Sperry.

Each singer was asked to prepare two full concert programs that could form the basis of a New York recital. The recitals are required to include repertoire from before the 19th century, i.e. Mozart, Bach, early English, Italian or French; a group of songs from the 19th century showcasing the German or French schools; as well as a group of 20th or 21st century songs, including at least one by an American composer. No orchestral or opera arias are allowed on the programs.


Julia Bullock, First Prize Winner
Julia Bullock's (soprano) 2013-2014 season includes the title role in Henry Purcell's The Indian Queen, directed by Peter Sellars at the Teatro Real in Madrid and at the Perm Opera and Ballet House in Russia; the title role in Jules Massenet's Cendrillon presented by Juilliard Opera; debut recitals in the Young Concert Artists Series in New York at Merkin Hall, and in Washington, DC at the Kennedy Center; and appearances at the Falany Performing Arts Center, Saint Vincent College, the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and the Marlboro Music Festival. She recently made her San Francisco Symphony debut in West Side Story in Concert, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas. Last season, Ms. Bullock toured South America as "Pamina" in Peter Brook's Award-winning A Magic Flute; and China, singing with the Bard Music Festival Orchestra. Ms. Bullock has performed contemporary works at the Ojai Music Festival, and the MUSIC ALIVE! series, curated by composer Joan Tower and pianist Blair McMillen; collaborated with early music ensembles, including the Clarion Music Society; and explored lesser-known repertoire with the American Symphony Orchestra in their performance of Delage's Quartre Poèmes Hindous. She has also appeared with the New York Festival of Song at the Caramoor Festival, with the Cecilia Chorus and Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society at the Kimmel Center. In 2011, she attended SongFest in California as a Stern Fellow, where she worked with pianist Roger Vignoles and composers John Musto and Libby Larsen. Ms. Bullock sang in the Dawn Upshaw/Donnacha Dennehy - Singer/Composer Workshop at Carnegie Hall.

From 2003 to 2005, Ms. Bullock participated in the Artists-in-Training program with the Opera Theater of St. Louis, and graduated with the prestigious Marielle Hubner Award. She earned her Bachelor's degree from the Eastman School of Music, and her Master's degree at Bard College's Graduate Vocal Arts Program, where she was the first recipient of the Mimi Levitt Scholarship, and won Bard College's 2010 Concerto Competition. She currently studies at the Juilliard School with Edith Bers. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Ms. Bullock integrates her musical life with community activism. She has organized benefit concerts for the Shropshire Music Foundation and International Playground, two non-profits that serve war-affected children and adolescents through music education and performance programs in Kosovo, Northern Ireland, Uganda, and St. Louis.

Sidney Outlaw, Second Prize Winner
Sidney Outlaw (baritone) is a recent graduate of the Merola Opera Program and former member of the Gerdine Young Artist Program at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. This season, Mr. Outlaw travelled to Guinea as an Arts Envoy with the U.S. State Department, where he performed a remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King. He performs Dallapiccola's Il Prigioniero with the New York Philharmonic and sings the role of Schaunard in La Boheme with the Ash Lawn Festival. Among roles that he has sung include Rambo in "The Death of Klinghoffer" (English National Opera), Malcolm in "Malcolm X" (New York City Opera), and Dandini in "La Cenerentola" (Florida Grand Opera). A sought-after concert singer and recitalist, he has appeared at Carnegie Hall in the"Messiah, at Avery Fisher Hall in Beethoven's "Symphony No. 9," and at the Music Academy of the West where he performed Mahler's "Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen." In 2010, he was the Grand Prize winner of the Concurso Internacional de Canto Montserrat Caballe. Sidney Outlaw is a native of Brevard, North Carolina and holds a master's degree in vocal performance from The Juilliard School and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Hyo Na Kim, Honorable Mention
Hyo Na Kim (mezzo-soprano), a native of Korea, was a finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2010. In 2013, she was the Debut Award Winner of the Joy of Singing Competition. She was also first prize winner of the Gerda Lissner Competition, and a multiple grant winner at the Licia Albanese-Puccini and Giulio Gari competitions. She earned her Master's degree and Professional Studies Diploma from Mannes College of Music.

Michael Kelly, Honorable Mention
Michael Kelly (baritone) is a first prize winner of the 2013 Poulenc Competition and the 2011 Joy of Singing. This season he appears with the Detroit Symphony in a world premiere of a new work by David Del Tredici, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, with Boston Early Music Festival, at the Baltimore Lieder Weekend, and with SongFusion; a song recital series of which he is co-founder. He is a graduate of Juilliard and the Eastman School of Music, and was a member of the Opernstudio at Opernhaus Zurich.

The Walter W. Naumburg Foundation was founded in 1926 by Walter Naumburg (1867-1959) and continues today in the pursuit of ideals set out by Mr. Naumburg. It was his desire to assist gifted young American musicians by providing for them a series of competitions and awards in solo and chamber music performance. Mr. Naumburg believed that such competitions were not only for the benefit of new stars, but also for talented young musicians who would become major American artists carrying on the highest standards of musical excellence throughout the United States. Robert Mann has served as the Foundation's president since 1971 and Lucy Rowan Mann as its executive director since 1972.

Among past winners of the vocal award are Dawn Upshaw, Shirley Verrett, Lucy Shelton, Jan Opalach, Stephen Salters, Barbara Hendricks and Sari Gruber.