Saint Martin's student wins prize in Met Opera competition
November 16, 2009
Lacey, Washington — Saint Martin’s University
student Jacob Kinderman recently won the “Encouragement Award” at a
district competition for the Metropolitan Opera National Council
Auditions in Vancouver.
The purpose of the National Council Auditions
Program is to find exceptionally talented young opera singers, ages
20-30, and to assist them in their development. The auditions program
also seeks out new talent for the Metropolitan Opera and to search for
possible participants in the Young Artist Development Program of the
The auditions program starts at the district level.
Kinderman competed in the Western Canada District, which was
co-sponsored by the Vancouver Opera Guild. He sang an aria from
Eugene Onegin and “Non Più Andrai” from The Marriage of
Figaro. The youngest of the 28 singers in his round, Kinderman was
one of a handful of college students in the competition; most of the
competing singers were in their late 20s.
"It was great to see what level the older singers
were at, and what I need to do to be a serious contender in the future,"
This was Kinderman’s third competition. Recently, he
took second place out of 36 singers at the Schloss Mirabell Recital
Competition in Salzburg, Austria. He has also won awards in the National
Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition.
Saint Martin’s University is an independent
four-year, Catholic, coeducational university located on a 380-acre
wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic
Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 18 Benedictine
colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only
one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares
students for successful lives through its 21 majors and six graduate
programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education and engineering.
Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious
backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its five extension
campuses located at Fort Lewis Army Post, McChord Air Force Base,
Olympic College, Centralia College, and Tacoma Community College.
For additional information:
Genevieve Canceko Chan
Director of Communications & Marketing
Saint Martin’s University