Stetson University School of Music Announces Winners of Student Contests, Readies to Stream Performances

By Logan Martell

Stetson University School of Music has announced the winners of its Concerto and Giffin competitions, annual events that give the students experience with performing for a panel of judges.

For the Concerto competition, an honorable mention went to soprano Miranda Graham. In the Giffin competition, bass-baritone Adam Benton placed first among 11 contestants. Mezzo Ally Fahey placed second, with tenor Anthony Capizzi placing third. Judges for the competition included Maria Zouves, Sherill Milnes, and Jeffrey Springer.

“When I found out that I was the first-place winner, I was stunned and inundated with emotions ranging from incredulity to pride and fulfillment,” said Benton in a press release. “The world of opera and musical theatre is quite competitive. Watching your performance live and receiving detailed comments from professional judges during the Giffin Competition helps singers realize what they need to work on to improve and graduate to the next level of their musicianship.”

Stetson University School of Music has announced that its students will be performing virtually over the fall semester, with upcoming engagements available to watch on the institution’s YouTube page.