Rosemary Walsh, Mezzo Soprano

Rosemary Walsh, Mezzo Soprano

Sakiko Kanamori Prize Recipient 2014

Rosemary comes from Evanston, Illinois. She is a junior at Hope, where she studies voice with Linda Dykstra. Her major is Vocal Performance with a minor in Women’s Studies. She has received the Joyce M. Morrison vocal scholarship and the Distinguished Artist award.

In 2012-2013, just after entering Hope, Rosemary placed third in the First Year College Women’s Division of the Michigan National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition. Later in the academic same year, she placed second in the NATS regional competition.

In 2014, she won the Junior Division of the Opera Grand Rapids Collegiate competition, in which she sang Cherubino’s aria from Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro.

Rosemary has used her prize money to participate in the 2014 Amherst (Massachusetts) Early Music Festival. She concentrated there on early Franco-Flemish repertoire, attended daily master classes, worked on her 17th century French pronunciation, and sang in a small ensemble that performed a work by the 17th century Dutch composer Herman Hollanders.

Back at Hope in 2014-2015, Rosemary will assist in teaching a class on vocal ornamentation. She will give her junior recital in November. And she will enter the Opera Grand Rapids Collegiate competition again.

Updated: September 2014