Sam Hall Memorial Scholarship
For Mature Voices (ages 40 +) Establishing or Re-Establishing Career in Classical Voice
Congratulations to the winner of the
Sam Hall Memorial Scholarship:
Described as "magnanimous and powerful,” soprano Natalie Conte is an award-winning performer of opera, art song, and oratorio. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2018 singing the soprano solo in Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass. She won first prize in the National Federation of Music Clubs' Young Artist Competition, which featured her as a recitalist across the country. She also won the Maryland Lyric Opera Competition, after which she worked with Aprile Millo. Additionally, she won the Vocal Arts D.C. Discovery Art Song Competition which featured her as a recitalist throughout Washington D.C. in such venues as the Kennedy Center and the Phillips Collection. She has sung in works with the IN Series, the Lyric Opera of Baltimore, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Bay Atlantic Symphony, New Dominion Chorale, and the Russian Chamber Art Society, among others. Beyond the local stage, Natalie has performed in her hometown Detroit, Michigan as well as internationally in Rome, St. Petersburg, and Moscow. Natalie has had the honor of working in master classes with such renowned singers as Marilyn Horne, Montserrat Caballé, and Sherrill Milnes. Natalie serves on the voice faculty at Shenandoah Conservatory and Towson University. She has performed as a member of the ensemble with both the Washington National Opera and the Metropolitan Opera. She looks forward to performing The Four Last Songs in recital in Washington, D.C. in 2023.
About This Scholarship
This $1,000 scholarship is a unique opportunity for a mature singer (age 40 or older) to gain extra support on their journey of establishing, or re-establishing their vocal career. Please see "Scholarship - How To Apply" for more details. Deadline for all application submissions is Monday, January 16th, 11:59pm EST.
Funds for this scholarship were generously donated by attendees and supporters of the Sam Hall Memorial Concert held on November 6, 2021 in Sarasota, Florida - exactly one year after Sam's passing.
The purpose of this scholarship is to support one talented and passionate operatic, or classical singer who is embarking, or re-embarking on their performance career later in life - just like our dear friend and colleague, Sam Hall, did several years ago.
Tenor Sam Hall returned to the operatic stage at age 40 after working for over two decades in computer technology and raising a family with his wife, Lucricia, in Columbus, Ohio. Years after attending Eastman School of Music, Sam went from placing in a local "Opera Idol" competition to performing leading roles in just a few years - a testament to his prodigious talent. Tragically, we lost Sam to a motorcycle accident on November 7, 2020. Sam's glorious voice and warm personality touched many lives and his memory endures through all who love him. You can read more about Sam's career and legacy in this article from St. Pete Catalyst.