phone: 646-883-2742
426 Hampshire Court
St. Louis, MO 63119

Sullivan Audition Judges
are distinguished artists
and professionals, including,
among many others:

  • Susanne Mentzer
  • Charles MacKay
  • Anthony Fogg
  • Christine Brewer
  • Craig Rutenberg
  • Richard Gaddes
  • John Moriarty
  • George Shirley
  • Evans Mirageas
  • Bruce Donnell
  • Erie Mills

Awards for 2016-2017

The William Matheus Sullivan Musical Foundation awarded fifteen $12,000 grants to young artists who auditioned for the Foundation in New York on November 13 and 14, 2016. In addition to these cash awards, winners will participate in the five-year program of continued financial aid for coaching in new roles which is one of the unique features of the Sullivan awards. Judges for the auditions were Susanne Mentzer, Bruce Donnell, and Evans Mirageas.

The Sullivan winners

Winners of $12,000 awards and continuing assistance starting in 2017 are: sopranos Alisa Jordheim and Claudia Rosenthal; mezzo-sopranos Samantha Gossard and Alyssa Martin; counter-tenor Siman Chung; tenors Miles Mykkanen, Jack Swanson, and Kang Wang; baritones Alex DeSocio, Ben Edquist, Joseph Lattanzi, and Robert Mellon; bass-baritones Alan Higgs and Davóne Tines; and bass Christian Zaremba. Jack Swanson's award is named for Theodor Uppman, the famed baritone who was a longtime member of the Board of the Foundation, and Alisa Jordheim's award is named for soprano Rose Bampton, also a longtime member of the Foundation's board. Davóne Tines's award is named for the late mezzo-soprano Betty Allen, Sullivan board member and famed leader of the Harlem School for the Arts, and Claudia Rosenthal's for soprano Gail Robinson.

These winners now join the current roster of artists who have won Sullivan awards in previous years, all of whom may apply to the Foundation for five years for support to prepare new roles in opera or other works with full orchestra. The Foundation was established in 1956 through the will of William Matheus Sullivan, a prominent New York lawyer and opera-lover who presented opera performances sung by Metropolitan Opera artists in his country home in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

The panel also awarded $5000 Career Development Grants to four singers: sopranos Leah Hawkins, Raquel González, and Jacqueline Piccolino, and mezzo-soprano Lauren Eberwein.