Oratorio Society of New York to Hold Solo Competition Finals Concert

By Logan Martell

On August 21, 2021 the Oratorio Society of New York will present the 44th Annual Lyndon Woodside Oratorio Solo Competition Finals Concert, held at Riverside Church.

From over 120 participants of the 2020 competition, six finalists were selected before the pandemic forced them to cancel for the year. The six finalists are bass Mikhail Biryukov; sopranos Rebecca Farley, Emily Yokum Black, and Emily Cedriana Donato; baritone Ryne Cherry; and tenor Colin James Doyle. Accompanied by pianist Erika Switzer, they will each sing two contrasting oratorio works. Prizes range from $7,500 to $1,000 to help young artists advance their careers.

The panel will be comprised of company Music Director Kent Tritle; Ryan Brandau of Amor Artis, Princton Pro Musica, and Momouth Civic Chorus; Hanako Yamaguchi, Direcor of Music Programming at Lincoln Center; Mark Shapiro, Music Director of The Prince Edward Island Symphony and The Cecilia Chorus of New York; and Damien Sneed, Founder and Artistic Director of Chorale Le Chateau.

Tickets are $20, with all audience members required to show proof of vaccination at the door, and masks required at all times.