ABOUT THE COMPETITION
2017-2018 Season: Piano Competition
Application Deadline: TBA
Preliminary Rounds: Saturday, April 7, 2018
Wonderlic Concert: Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 3:30pm
At the annual Wonderlic Concert, 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.
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.
First Place: Min Sang Kim, countertenor
Countertenor Min Sang Kim, most recently in operatic stages, performed the role of Ottone in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea with New York Lyric Opera; Endimione in Cavalli’s La Calisto with Peabody Opera; Tolomeo in Handel’s Giulio Cesare with Pittsburgh Festival Opera; Secrecy, Mopsa in Purcell’s The Fairy Queen with Hawaii Performing Arts Festival; Ixion in Charpentier’s La descente d’Orphée aux enfers, Madame de la Haltière in Massenet’s Cendrillon and Oberon in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Peabody Opera; Nerone in Handel’s Agrippina with Opera NEO; Ottone, Valetto in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, Cesare in Handel’s Giulio Cesare, and Ascanio in Mozart’s Ascanio in Alba with Aspen Opera Center. In the concert stages, he performed with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Washington Bach Consort, Washington Concert Society, Peabody-Hopkins Chorus, Peabody Symphony and Concert Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, NEC Concert Choir, Daegu Opera House, among others. He is winner of George Woodhead Prize, Baltimore Music Club Competition, Osaka International Music Competition and finalist of Vocal Arts D.C. Competition.
Min Sang is originally from South Korea and moved to the United States in order to attend The Juilliard School’s pre-college program, and he received his Bachelor of Music degree at New England Conservatory. He is currently pursuing Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University as a Voice Graduate Assistant and a recipient of the George Woodhead Quasi-Endowed Scholarship and the G. Raymond Ziegler Endowed Scholarship in the studio of William Sharp, where he also earned his Master of Music.
Second Place: Katerina Burton, soprano
Katerina Burton, soprano has been praised for her “distinctly rich tones,” and for her versatility in the art song and operatic repertoire. Ms. Burton was most recently seen as Lola Markham in Towson University’s production of Gallantry, and as the Fairy Godmother at Annapolis Opera in Cinderella: A Children’s Opera. Other roles include the title role of Suor Angelica at Towson, and also the role of Erste Dame in Towson’s 2014 production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Ms. Burton is a frequent competitor and was most recently awarded first place in the Shirley Rabb Winston Voice Competition for the D.C. Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters. Ms. Burton also won first prize in the Friedmann-Gordon Music Competition and Sidney Lieberman Music Competition at Towson University. In 2015, she was a recipient of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Encouragement Award for the Mid-Atlantic Region. Ms. Burton is also the winner of Towson University’s 2014-2015 Concerto and Aria Competition, as well as a first place winner in the 2017 NATS Maryland/D.C. District competition. Ms. Burton is currently a senior pursuing her Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance at Towson University.
Third Place: Maurice Harrington, baritone
Baritone Maurice Harrington is a classical voice performance major, currently in his sophomore year at Morgan State University where he studies with Dr. Ridley Chauvin, baritone. He is a performer with a strong foundation in music and drama applications.
At Morgan State, Maurice acts as a section leader and soloist for the school’s Chamber Singers. A graduate with high honors from Baltimore School for the Arts where he studied with bass-baritone, Robert Cantrell, he has been involved in numerous projects, including opera scenes, performing as: Conte di Almaviva, Le Nozze di Figaro; Gianni Schicchi, Il Trittico; Olin Blitch, Susannah; Grandpa Moss, The Tender Land. While a part of the Baltimore School for the Arts, Maurice also had the opportunity to work with conductors such as: Dr. Mark Hardy and Dr. Jed Gaylin. As part of the Baltimore School for the Arts’ Chamber Chorus, Maurice would have his first opportunity to sing at the Shriver Hall where he would sing in Verdi’s Requiem.
Recently, Maurice was the featured soloist for the winter concert at Morgan State University where he sang the bass solo of Handel’s grandiose oratorio The Messiah. He also participated in the masterclasses of Rodrick Dixon, tenor and Kevin Short, baritone. Today, Maurice continues to embody the very spirit of classical music and strives to do his part to influence the audience the great joys and wonders of classical music.