Jim Kahan Music Awardees
2018: Elliot Menard
Elliot studied the pants role through its origins in European theater and opera history. Elliot attended NYU Steinhardt’s Classical Vocal Intensive program; worked with vocal coaches, Max Mamon and Kyle Ren, and took lessons from Kristin Gornstein, an active singer who frequently performs pants roles and works with companies devoted to producing powerful, relevant , and accessible opeas ( such as Heatbeat Opera and On Site Opera) as well as vocal teachers Kate Maroney and Michael Ricciardone. She performed a recital of pants role arias from operas by Mozart, Thomas, Gounod, Offenbach, Strauss, and Gluck.
2017: Henry DeMarais
Henry studied violin performance with Dr. David Fulmer, an internationally recognized composer, violinist and conductor in Pulaski, New York. Henry studied methods to bring out the artistry and beauty of works written in modern idioms. Henry performed a concert of 20th and 21st century music written for violin and piano.
2016: Gregor McGee
Gregor spent two weeks at the Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin Conservatory studying harpsichord, clavichord, fortepiano, viola da gamba, and baroque dance. Gregor presented a concert of music for harpsichord written by Couperin, Rameau, Frescobaldi, and Harrison.
2015: Hannah McKenzie-Margulies
Hannah attended the Welbourne Jazz Camp in Middeburg, VA for a week of intensive, immersive study of traditional jazz clarinet technique and improvisation. Hannah performed a set of songs with a small traditional jazz combo.