2019-04-12 / Education

Spring Valley student wins Schmidt Vocal Competition

Contributed by Spring Valley High School


(L to R): Chester Schmidt (Schmidt Foundation Board President),Spencer DesChenes, second place; Ella Rescigno, first place; and Keller Jones, third place (L to R): Chester Schmidt (Schmidt Foundation Board President),Spencer DesChenes, second place; Ella Rescigno, first place; and Keller Jones, third place Spring Valley High School sophomore, Ella Rescigno, has won first prize and best sophomore in the prestigious Schmidt Vocal Competition, a singing competition for sophomore, junior, and senior high school singers that presents cash awards to more than 150 people annually. The competition took place at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts March 9. Rescigno was awarded $2,500 for her performance of “Ma rendi pur contento” by Vincenzo Bellini.

Additional winners included Spencer DesChenes, second place; Keller Jones, third place; Marisa Bringewatt, Kaitlin Case, Haley Evans, Sara Gordon, Alex Manley, Ojas Patwardhan,

Annabelle Welford- Small, finalists; Alex Manley, Ariel Olaleye, encouragement awards; and Halee Myers, Broadway Bound Award.

“Congratulations to Ella Rescigno and the many other talented singers who participated in this year’s Schmidt Vocal Competition,” said Ben Smolder, director of the Schmidt Vocal Competition. “These students work hard to practice and prepare for the competition. We’re committed to helping them pursue their passion. The Schmidt Vocal Competition offers students the opportunity to perform in front of live audiences, receive invaluable instruction from world-renowned artists and professionals, and connect with mentors and experienced singers to explore a career in classical singing.”

“I entered the Schmidt Vocal Competition to experience a live competition with amazing adjudicators who provide valuable feedback,” said Rescigno. “From start to finish, the competition exceeded my expectation. The performance level of every singer was outstanding, and the master classes were transforming for each participant. When my name was announced as the ‘Best Sophomore,’ I was very proud, but I was overjoyed when they called my name as the ‘Winner.’ To be selected among such great talent is such an honor. I am grateful for the William E Schmidt Foundation and their contribution to the arts. Their desire to inspire young singers is overwhelming to me.”

Sixteen-year-old Rescigno’s formal training and passion for classical and operatic music began at age 11. As a classically trained soprano, she enjoys singing in Italian, French, German, and English. Rescigno has performed in regional and professional theatre. Her credits include “Penny Pingleton” in Hairspray, and “Jacqueline Bouvier” in Grey Gardens. Ella’s opera credits include the “Second Spirit” in The Magic Flute with the New York Lyric Opera, “Aline” in The Sorcerer abridged version, and “Louise” in Sunday in the Park with George. She enjoys participating in master classes and cabarets while continuing her training in voice, piano, and acting.

For more information, visit www.ellarescigno.com.

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