Jim Durham, News Bureau Director

Last year’s competition winners Brittany Glancy and Shay McCleavy, performing the roles of Fiametta and Antonio in The Gondoliers as freshmen this fall 

’08 winner Meredith Rigby at the piano, studying with Mami Hayashida

Georgetown College’s Music Department is looking for some real “winners” – competitors whose scholarships will be nearly as big as their talents.

The 3rd Annual Georgetown College High School Voice & Piano Competition, February 5, 2011, in John L. Hill Chapel is the place for high school seniors to vie for some great scholarships and the experience of working closely with some very talented Music faculty in the fall and over the next four years. Entry deadline is Feb. 1.

“This is an exciting opportunity for high-schoolers to show off their talent and hard work AND finance their education at the same time,” said Heather Hunnicutt, Coordinator of Vocal Studies and Chair of Georgetown College’s Music department. She and fellow assistant professor of music Mami Hayashida (piano) are co-coordinators of the competition.

Entrants must be planning to major in vocal or keyboard music at Georgetown College to claim the prizes in the two categories. Each scholarship for the first three places is annual for four years at Georgetown, as long as certain standards are met. They are:

  • 1st Place: minimum of $10,000 per year ($40,000 total)
  • 2nd Place: minimum of $7,000 per year ($28,000 total)
  • 3rd Place (Voice Only): minimum of $5,000 per year, ($20,000)
  • Honorable Mention Awards: Vary at the judges’ discretion
    (Every competitor will receive $250 per year for four years at Georgetown College.)

Hunnicutt loves the competition because the event is special in itself, and she knows the Music department and the entire campus community will get to enjoy these talented young people for the next four years. “It’s wonderful to hear such exuberant, talented performers…and then to actually get them here!,” Hunnicutt exclaimed.

All of the winners from the previous two competitions are having incredible, varied experiences at Georgetown College. Freshmen Shay McCleavy (1st place) of Brandenburg and Brittany Glancy (2nd place) of Cincinnati were both in our Lyric Theatre Society’s fall production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers and will be in the April 14 “Op Shop” (Opera and Musical Theatre Workshop) performances in Hill Chapel. They also sing in the College’s Chorale, and McCleavy had a role in the College Maskrafters fall production of “The Doctor in Spite of Himself.”

As if her Georgetown experience wasn’t already full enough, Glancy loves that she can be involved in so many different activities and plans on rushing a sorority next semester. And, although she hasn’t been a cheerleader since middle school, she’s thinking of trying out for the Tiger squad.

Earlier this week, the day before her “juries” (final singing exam in front of three Music professors), Glancy had Dr. Hunnicutt practically tearing up as she spoke about being judged. “Brittany said the only time she hasn’t been nervous was last year at the Voice Competition – because everyone was so nice and friendly that made her more at ease,” said Hunnicutt, who includes campus tours as part of the welcoming atmosphere.

Glancy, who attended the School for Creative & Performing Arts in Cincinnati and graduated from Oak Hills High School, said the treatment she received during this competition last February “was what sold me on Georgetown College. The teachers talked to me and drank coffee with me and treated me like an adult,” she recalled warmly. “This was more like them seeing how I’d fit in here than a competition.”

Of the vocal winners from two years ago, Nathan Van Til (3rd place) of Georgetown is the most involved sophomore. He’s in Chorale and been a lead in every Lyric Theatre production, including “The Gondoliers;” and, he took first place in Underclass Musical Theatre at the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) regional last spring. Lauren Siegel (1st place) of Shelbyville, who’s in Chorale and was in The Gondoliers chorus, remains a Voice minor but has decided her major calling is Elementary Education. Rebeccah Bowery of Covington will be in “Op Shop.”

Dr. Hayashida hopes the competition will produce more piano stars like 2008 winner Meredith Rigby, an Oxford Honors Scholar. This year, the sophomore from Richmond was the first place winner in the highest category (Preludes and Fugues) of the Lexington Bach Contest in February and one four students chosen in August to participate in the UBS Chamber Music Festival of Lexington Piano Masterclass taught by Alessio Bax, the 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient.

“We will all be very happy if more students like Meredith apply to Georgetown College,” Hayashida said. “She will be one those students everyone will be watching in a couple of years.”