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American Traditions is back to showcase outstanding vocalists

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…“It’s not easy to become one of the quarter-finalists,” he points out. “We got over a thousand applications this year—a record. To come to Savannah means you’re obviously very talented.”

And that talent is rewarded. The American Traditions first place winner is awarded a $12,000 cash prize. Second place earns $6,000; third, $3,000; $1,200 for fourth and fifth place, and on down to $500 for the Sherrill Milnes American Opera Award, Ben Tucker Jazz Award, and Richard Chambless’ People’s Choice Award….

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American Traditions Vocal Competition

WTOC Live

(At the 4:30 minute mark)  “World renowned baritone Sherrill Milnes for the first time is sponsoring the Sherrill Milnes American Opera Award for the best performance of an American opera aria during the quarter- or semi-finals of the American Traditions Competition.”

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Sherrill Milnes American Opera Award

Broadway World

…”A new award this year – the Sherrill Milnes American Opera Award – of $500 sponsored by Sherrill Milnes and Maria Zouves on behalf of the Savannah VOICE Festival, was awarded to Kisma Jordan for the best performance of an American opera aria.”…

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Sherrill Milnes American Opera Award

Savannah Morning News

…”A new award this year – the Sherrill Milnes American Opera Award – of $500 sponsored by Sherrill Milnes and Maria Zouves on behalf of the Savannah VOICE Festival, was awarded to Kisma Jordan for the best performance of an American opera aria….”

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Sherrill Milnes American Opera Award

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…”A new award this year – the Sherrill Milnes American Opera Award – of $500 sponsored by Sherrill Milnes and Maria Zouves on behalf of the Savannah VOICE Festival, to Kisma Jordan for best performance of an American opera aria…”

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Savannah VOICE Festival Gala — ‘Opera with Southern Charm’ February 12th

Savannah CEO

“The fourth annual VOICE Gala at New York’s second oldest exclusive private social club will be a star-studded operatic blend of New York and Georgia.  Themed as “Opera with a Southern Flair”, opera legend and VOICExperience co-founder Sherrill Milnes will host a sumptuous dinner of elegant low-country fare and introduce performances by international singers such as Michael Fabiano (2014 Richard Tucker Awardee) and VOICExperience’s own rising stars Amy Shoremount-Obra and Santiago Ballerini. They will be joined by the 2017 young artists of the Milnes VOICE Programs in an entertaining night of world class music.”

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Good News: Free Community Concert

WTOC Savannah

The Savannah Voice Festival held a community goodwill concert at Christ Church in Savannah, Thursday evening.

“This was a time that we typically go into the schools and provide outreaches, but we also concentrate on our needs to support those educational programs, so the plan was to have a fundraiser tonight, but of course Matthew had other plans for us…”

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Savannah VOICE Festival hosts free goodwill concert after hurricane

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What began as an autumn fundraiser for Savannah VOICE Festival quickly turned into a free concert for the community after Hurricane Matthew ripped through the Lowcountry.

“This is our time to share,” says Maria Zouves, who along with her husband, legendary baritone Sherrill Milnes, organizes the Savannah VOICE Festival. The pair and the talented singers involved in the yearly fest are hosting a free concert for their hurricane-affected community at 6 p.m. Oct. 20 at Christ Church Episcopal in downtown Savannah.

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Savannah VOICE Fest lets the music shine in ‘Romeo and Juliet’

On opening night of its fourth season, the Savannah VOICE Fest proved you don’t need a big orchestra, elaborate costumes or extensive staging to put on a world-class opera.

The only real requirement is a group of artists dedicated to their craft. And of course, a whole team of staff, volunteers and donors dedicated to helping hone that craft and bring the music to Savannah.

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Savannah VOICE Festival wraps up

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“The Savannah Voice Festival wrapped up two weeks of amazing performances on Sunday night.  They ended it with the ‘Summer of Romance’ finale at the Charles H. Morris Center.  125 of the world’s best in opera and singing gave crowds all they could hope for since August 7…”

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Savannah VOICE Fest offers reprise of ‘Alice Ryley’ opera

The final week of the 2016 Savannah VOICE Festival featured an array of high-quality events, including the staging of Michael Ching’s short opera “Alice Ryley” in a ballroom at The Westin Savannah Harbor.

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Joachim Schamberger and Maria Zouves on WTOC Mid-Morning Live

August 18, 2016

Stage Director Joachim Schamberger and Maria Zouves discuss the upcoming “Mission: Audition” concert.

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Michael Ching and Maria Zouves discuss Savannah’s opera Alice Ryley

August 16, 2016

Composer Michael Ching discusses upcoming performances of his opera, Alice Ryley.

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Good News: Savannah VOICE Festival community outreach

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“The Savannah Voice Festival took a break from the concerts and master classes to take opera to those who might not otherwise experience it…”

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Savannah VOICE Festival holds concert, classes for participants

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“The Savannah Voice Festival was in full swing Saturday.  Festival performers put on an “American Music Concert” at the First Presbyterian Church on Washington Avenue.  The concert titled “Give My Regards to Broadway” included popular songs from several different broadway musicals…”

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Fabrizio Melano and Maria Zouves on WTOC Mid-Morning Live

August 8, 2016

Stage Director Fabrizio Melano discusses his “Opera as Drama” Master Class and his experience working with Festival Artists for Roméo et Juliette.

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WTOC: Savannah VOICE at Leopold’s Ice Cream

Leopold’s Ice Cream customers are surprised with a treat from Savannah VOICE Festival performers.

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Savannah VOICE Festival on WTOC Mid-Morning Live

Aug 4, 2016

Executive Director Maria Zouves and Artistic Director Sherrill Milnes discuss the highlights of Festival’s 4th season, “A Summer of Romance.”

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VOICE Fest studio artists impress with ‘The Magic Flute’

The Savannah VOICE Festival’s fourth year of operation boasted three full performances of operas, the last of which was Aug. 20’s scaled-down but dazzling version of Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte.”

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BiS in brief: Friends of Music awards $55,000 in grants

The Savannah Friends of Music awarded over $55,000 to the region’s musical organizations and scholars at its annual awards luncheon last week at the Plantation Club on Skidaway Island.

This year’s grant recipients were awarded a total of $55,000 and included leading regional organizations: American Traditions Competition, Armstrong Youth Orchestra, Esther Garrison School for Visual and Performing Arts, Rise Chorales, Savannah Music Festival, Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, Savannah VOICE Festival and Sponsors of New and Talented Artists (Sonata).

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American Traditions Competition to collaborate with Savannah VOICE Festival in 2017

At the 2017 competition, the Sherrill Milnes American Opera Award will be given to the contestant who sings the best American opera aria during the ATC. The winning singer will also secure an opportunity to sing in the 2017 season of the Savannah VOICE Festival, along with a prize of $500.

 “As we enter our fourth year, it seemed fitting to dedicate an award to honor my husband, legendary baritone Sherrill Milnes,” said Savannah VOICE Festival co-founder Maria Zouves. “As artistic director and co-founder of the festival, he brings over four decades of experience to Savannah.”
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Savannah VOICE Festival releases fourth season lineup

The Savannah VOICE Festival revealed its lineup of concerts, classes, operas and other events during a prelude concert May 17.

The fourth annual festival, which will be staged Aug. 7-21 in and around Savannah, offers music from opera, musical theater and popular song.

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Annual Levy Memorial Concert to feature Savannah VOICE Festival singers and Velvet Caravan

The 28th annual Jack Malitz & Miriam Slotin Levy Memorial Concert is set for May 22 at the Jewish Educational Alliance. For the second year in a row, it will feature artists from the Savannah VOICE Festival performing with Velvet Caravan in a free concert that is open to the public.

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DO SAVANNAH: “MOZART IN PRAGUE” REVIEW

REVIEW: "Mozart in Prague" co-production proves Savannah needs more opera

Savannah VOICE Festival is the closest thing to an opera company in Savannah. Fully realized opera performances are expensive and risky, but I believe shows like this are a big step in the right direction. The show was well-attended, and managed to serve the Savannah opera community while avoiding the financial risk of putting on a full-fledged performance.

If there are ever to be consistent operas in the Hostess City, one can only hope they will be as satisfying as “Mozart in Prague.”

Review by Will Peebles

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