Wonderlic 2015 Voice Competition Winners
And the winners are . . .
1st place: Tenor John Chong Yoon Noh
Award winning tenor, John Chong Yoon Noh, a native South Korean from Seoul, is drawing attention for his belcanto style of singing with expressive, youthful, and lyrical voice. He is currently a junior at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in voice under the tutelage of Dr. Stanley Cornett.
Previously, Mr. Noh appeared as main roles in various opera productions; such as Lucano in L’incoronazione di Poppea (2013), Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s dream by Benjamin Britten (2014) at the Peabody Opera Theatre, and Rinuccio in Puccini’s Giannischicchi presented by the Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Naples, Italy (2014). Recently, Mr. Noh received full scholarship to attend the Amalfi Festival this upcoming summer to perform the role of Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. In March of 2015, Mr. Noh performed the leading role of Belmonte in Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Baltimore Lyric Opera House.
As a concert soloist, Mr. Noh has performed numerous pieces, including Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor (2014) with Concert Artist of Baltimore celebrating Basilica’s (America’s first Cathedral) 225th year anniversary, broadcasted by WBJC 91.5FM radio, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle (2014) and Amy Beach’s Mass in E flat (2015) with Columbia Pro Cantare and Howard Community Concert Orchestra, Bach’s Magnificat (2014) and Schubert’s G minor Mass (2014) with the Peabody Concert Orchestra, Peabody Singers, and the Peabody/Hopkins Chorus. Other professional credits include appearances with the choruses of Lyric Opera Baltimore and Concert Artists of Baltimore.
Mr. Noh is also a 2nd place winner at the FMMC Sue Goetz Ross Memorial vocal Competition and he was awarded as a recipient of the Marc Von May Tenor, Baritone or Bass Scholarship through the Peabody Institute.
2nd place: Mezzo Zoe Liliana Band
Mezzo-soprano Zoe Band is a native of Toronto. She graduated from the Peabody Institute with a B.M. and an M.M. in vocal performance. While at Peabody she performed Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Miss Benson in Lakmé, Ferdinand in Ariel’s Tempest, Betty Parris in The Crucible, Anna in The Trio and Zinnie in Dora. Additional credits include Lucretia in The Rape of Lucretia (HexaCollective); Hansel in Hansel and Gretel (Toronto Summer Opera and Little Patuxtent Opera); and Patricia Hutton in Camelot Requiem (The Figaro Project).
Earlier this year Zoe was a finalist for the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio Competition, and recently won the local and regional divisions of NATS, allowing her to move on to the National Student Auditions this summer in Greensboro, NC. As a 2015 Tanglewood Vocal Fellow she will appear as Idamante with Dawn Upshaw in the role of Ilia.
3rd place: Soprano Wenhui Xu
Called “a soprano with a future” by the Baltimore Sun, Wenhui Xu is currently pursuing her second year GPD in Dr. Stanley Cornett’s studio after finishing a master of music degree from Ithaca College. Awarded Excellent Student Scholarship in her four-year undergraduate study as the honors graduate, Wenhui has been the winner of Regional Competition for CCTV National Voice and has also had notable outcomes in several international competitions. Wenhui has performed as the lead role in both the United States and China, including her performance as Suor Angelica, Violetta and Susanna. Last season, she sung in Midsummer Night’s Dream as Tytania. Most recently, she performed the role of the First Lady in Mozart’s The Magic Flute by Manhattan Opera Studio and La Fee in the Cendrillon by Massenet with Peabody Symphony Orchestra.
The distinguished judges were Barbara Dever and Randy Woodfield.