Wonderlic Competition

About the Russell C. Wonderlic Competition

Established in 1990 through a bequest of the late Russell C. Wonderlic, this competition alternates annually between voice and piano and has allowed many young artists the opportunity to launch international music careers. Pianists Awadagin Pratt and Eric Zuber and soprano Hyunah Yu are prominent past winners.

2017: Voice Competition
Application Deadline: March 10, 2017
Preliminary Rounds: Saturday, April 1, 2017
Competition Recital: Sunday, April 23, 2017

Competition Recital

Each year Community Concerts presents the finalists in recital at one of its afternoon concerts. Finalists will compete for top honors and cash awards of $1,500, $1,000, and $500. Programs and biographies for the finalists will be available at the concert and online.

About Wonderlic

Russell C. Wonderlic was active in many Baltimore musical organizations, serving on the boards of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Opera Company, and the Lyric Foundation.

Born in Port Huron, Michigan in 1905, Wonderlic was a 1927 graduate of Brown University in Providence, R.I., where he played the drums in the dance band. During the summer, he played in cruise ship orchestras.

In 1930, he went to work for the Mutual Life Insurance Company in Buffalo, N.Y., and in 1942 was sent to manage the agency in Baltimore. He retired in 1975 as president of PPC Inc., a pension and benefits consulting firm he founded in 1965. He was trustee and deacon at Second Presbyterian Church, and headed several fund-raising campaigns. He died in 1989.

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