Winners of the 2020 International Collegiate Singing Championship Announced

By David Salazar

Mezzo-soprano Kathie Kane is the first place winner of 2020 International Collegiate Singing Championship.

She was selected from among a total of 11 finalists. Kane sang her first operatic lead at age 19 and went on to study at Crane School of Music and Eastman School of Music. She is currently a Resident Professional Artist at the Ohio Light Opera.

Meanwhile soprano Sophia Hunt picked up second place; she is currently beginning her master’s degree at Curtis University and recently made her Opera Philadelphia at the Festival O19.

Soprano Alexia Mate came in third and is completing her Master of Music degree in Voice at The New School – Mannes School of Music. She is a Grant Award recipient from the 2019 Gerda Lissner Song / Lieder Competition and named a finalist at the 2020 National Opera Association’s Carolyn Bailey and Dominic Argento Competition.

The competition, which is backed by American Vocal Arts, featured a judging panel that includes Dr. Nicholas Larson of Oregon State University; Prof. Marc Embree of Michigan State University; Dr. Christi McLain of Coker University; and Dr. Alexis Davis-Hazell of University of Alabama.