The Sherrill Milnes American Opera Award

Congratulations to Kisma Jordan, the first recipient of the Sherrill Milnes American Opera Award! The American Traditions Competition (ATC) ended an exciting week in celebration of American music and showcasing tomorrow’s vocal stars with a full house at the Historic Savannah Theatre on Bull Street.  Soprano Kisma Jordan was a double award winner as she not only was awarded the $3,000 prize and Bronze Medal Award sponsored by Enmark Stations, Inc. but she was thrilled to receive the inaugural Sherrill Milnes American Opera Award for her performance of  Carlisle Floyd’s “The Trees on the Mountains” from Susannah during the semifinals.

This prestigious new award and prize of $500 sponsored by Sherrill Milnes and Maria Zouves on behalf of the Savannah VOICE Festival, was personally presented by opera legend Sherrill Milnes after the three judges decided that Jordan had given the best performance of an American opera aria during an intense week of competition where 27 quarter finalists performed and were judged by Sylvia McNair, Kurt Ollman and Andrew Lippa.  In addition to this honor and the monetary award, winner Jordan will participate in the fifth annual Savannah VOICE Festival which takes place fromAugust 5-27 2017.

Milnes said “I am always delighted to be back in Savannah and to be able to personally present this new award at the ATC.”  In another collaboration, The Savannah VOICE Festival will be back in town for our third annual Arias and Encores at The Savannah Music Festival on March 23 and 25.   President of the ATC, Danny Cohen said “Congratulations to ATC Bronze Medal winner Kisma Jordan…winner of the Sherrill Milnes American Opera Award! The American Traditions Vocal Competition is so proud of its collaboration with the Savannah Voice Festival and is so happy that Sherrill Milnes presented the award to Kisma this year! We can’t wait to hear Kisma Jordan sing again in Savannah!”

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