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The Eleanor McCollum Competition

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HGO’s Eleanor McCollum Competition and the Concert of Arias is both a beloved social event in Houston and a major date on the calendar of young singers across the US and abroad. Named for the late Eleanor Searle Whitney McCollum (1908 –2002), a patroness of the arts and medical organizations in Houston and benefactor of the HGO Studio, the competition celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2013. It commences in August each year with an online application process. Several hundred singers are selected and invited to preliminary auditions in cities across the US during November and December. Semi-finals and finals are held in Houston in late January and early February each year, culminating in a major gala, the Concert of Arias. Winning the competition does not guarantee a spot in the HGO Studio, and singers do not have to participate in the competition to be invited to the Studio, but the competition is nonetheless a crucial recruitment tool for the HGO Studio.

Past winners of the Eleanor McCollum Competition are listed below.

 
Year
First Place
Second Place
Third Place
Audience Choice
Ana Maria Martínez Encouragement Award
Online Viewers' Choice
1989
Eric Perkins
No other winners
No other winners
 
 
 
1990
Mark Oswald
Bradley Garvin
Jennifer Jones
Roy Cornelius
No third place winner:
3-way tie for second place     
 
 
 
1991
Patricia S. Johnson
Arturo Valencia
Kelly Anderson
 
 
 
1992
Mary Dunleavy
Yvonne Gonzales
Anita Krause
 
 
 
1993
Margaret Lattimore
Zheng Cao
Olga Makarina
 
 
 
1994
Ana María Martínez
Alicia Berneche
Stephanie Blythe
 
 
 
1995
Helen Todd
Gabriel González Juárez     
Nicole Heaston
Nicole Heaston
 
 
1996
Monique McDonald
Joyce DiDonato
Misha Royzen
Arturo Rodriguez
 
 
1997
Karen Henrikson
Alfred Walker III
Jennifer Davison
Tiffany Jackson
Tiffany Jackson
 
 
1998
Chen-Ye Yuan
Alexandra Deshorties
Troy Cook
Chen-Ye Yuan
 
 
1999
Michael Maniaci
Kyle Ketelsen
Twyla Robinson
Kyle Ketelsen
 
 
2000
Barbara Quintiliani
Joshua Winograde
Anna Christy
Anna Christy
 
 
2001
Janette Zilioli
Kristine Winkler
Katherine Rohrer
Janette Zilioli
 
 
2002
Laquita Mitchell
Marjorie Owens
Nicholas Phan
Laquita Mitchell
 
 
2003
Arturo Chacón-Cruz
Jennifer Black
Jennifer Root
Arturo Chacón-Cruz
 
 
2004
Heidi Stober
Alexander Tall
Kyle Albertson
Corey Bix
Alexander Tall
 
 
2005
Tamara Wilson
Jordan Bisch
Ryan McKinny
Liam Bonner
 
 
2006
Maria Markina
Alicia Gianni
Cortez Mitchell
Alicia Gianni
 
 
2007
Faith Sherman
James J. Kee
Jamie Barton
James J. Kee
 
 
2008
Caitlin Lynch
Joélle Harvey
Octavio Moreno
Caitlin Lynch
 
 
2009
Rachel Willis-Sørensen     
Catherine Martin
Michael Sumuel
Jung Nan Yoon
Nathaniel Peake
 
 
2010
Anthony Roth Costanzo
Devon Guthrie
Boris Dyakov
Anthony Roth Costanzo
 
 
2011
Mark Diamond
Thomas Florio
Lauren Snouffer
Adam Lau
 
 
2012
Andrea Carroll
Natalya Romaniw
Peixin Chen
Andrea Carroll
 
 
2013 
Thomas Richards 
Sydney Mancasola
Sarah Larsen
Sydney Mancasola
 
 
2014
D'Ana Lombard
Amanda Woodbury
Sofia Selowsky
Amanda Woodbury
 
 
2015
Mane Galoyan
Chris Bozeka
Federico De Michelis
Yongzhao Yu
Yongzhao Yu
 
2016
Madison Leonard
Zoie Reams
Alexandra Razskazoff
Sol Jin
Yelena Dyachek
 
2017
Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen
Nicolette Book
Thomas Glass
Siphokazi Moltena
Siphokazi Moltena
Geoffrey Hahn
2018
Leia Lensing 
Dorothy Gal 
Lindsay Kate Brown
Liv Redpath
 Liv Redpath
 Leia Lensing
2019
William Meinert
William Guanbo Su
Nicholas Newton
Elena Villalón
Yunuet Laguna
Katherine DeYoung
 

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