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Dashon Burton wins first prize in Oratorio Society of New York Vocal Competition

Dashon Burton โ€™11MM took first prize at the 2012 Oratorio Society of New York Vocal Competition yesterday.

Two other Yale alumni also earned recognition: Jennifer Feinstein โ€™11MM took the the Frances MacEachron Award for Fourth Place, and Nacole Palmer โ€™00BA received both the Richard Westenburg Award and the Johannes Somary Award.

As the recipient of the Ruth Lopin Nash Award for First Place, Burton received took home a prize of $7,000.

The Lyndon Woodside Solo Competition was founded in 1975 by the Oratorio Society of New York. The annual competition was designed to encourage the art of oratorio singing and to give talented young singers an opportunity to advance their careers. It is the only major competition to focus exclusively on oratorio singing.

Since the Competition's inception, more than 3,400 singers have competed. The judges have chosen nearly 100 winners, awarding thousands of dollars in cash prizes. In addition, over 65 performance contracts have been awarded to Competition winners to appear in concert with the Society; many have also been awarded contracts with other major musical organizations.

(Please click here to visit the Finals Concert page for photos.)

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