HISTORY OF THE SOLO COMPETITION

In 1977 the Oratorio Society of New York inaugurated a solo competition to encourage the art of oratorio singing and to give young singers an opportunity to advance their careers. International in scope, it is the only competition dedicated solely to the art of oratorio singing. Competition winners have appeared in concert in Carnegie Hall with the Oratorio Society of New York as well as with other major choral societies and orchestras worldwide. In 2006 the competition’s name was changed to honor Lyndon Woodside, the Society’s late Music Director, and his dedication to the competition from its inception. 

2022

Julie Roset

soprano

Eric Carey

tenor

William Socolof

bass-baritone

Morgan Balfour

soprano

Joseph Parrish

baritone

Sophie Michaux

mezzo-soprano

Bradyn Debysingh

tenor

Brian Murray

baritone

2020/2021
 

Emily Cedriana Donato
soprano

 

Emily Yocum Black
soprano

 

Ryne Cherry
baritone

 

Rebecca Farley
soprano

 

Colin James Doyle
tenor

 

Finalist
Mikhail Biryukov
bass
did not compete due to COVID travel restrictions

2019


Steven Eddy

baritone


Heather Petrie
contralto


Nathaniel Sullivan
baritone


Matthew Hill
tenor


Claire McCahan
mezzo-soprano


Veronica Pollicino
mezzo-soprano

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Joel Balzun
baritone


Suzanne Karpov
soprano

2018

 

Charles Sy

tenor

 

Brian Giebler

tenor

 

Kristin Gornstein

mezzo-soprano

 

Amy Broadbent

soprano

 

Christopher Richardson

bass-baritone

 

Devony Smith

soprano

 

Scott Brunscheen

tenor

 

Cairan Ryan

baritone

2017


Joshua Blue
tenor

 

Joseph Beutel
bass-baritone

 

Isaiah Bell
tenor

 

Helene Brunet
soprano

 

Sarah Mesko
mezzo-soprano

 

Marjorie Maltais
mezzo-soprano

 

Heather Petrie
contralto

 

Melissa Kornacki
mezzo-soprano