Winners of the 2017 Santa Barbara Performing Arts Scholarship Foundation competition. From left to right: Leslie Cain (UCSB), 4th place Instrumental Division; Lalia Mangione, 2nd place Instrumental Division (Westmont College); Erik Fauss, 1st place Instrumental Division (Westmont College); Timothy Beccue, 3rd place Instrumental Division (Westmont College); Naomi Merer (UCSB), 2nd place Vocal Division; Tyler Reece (UCSB), 3rd place Vocal Division; Joanna Lynn Jacobs, 4th place Vocal Division (private student of Dr. Linda Di Fiore); Byron Mayes (UCSB), 1st place Vocal Division. Photo courtesy of the Performing Arts Scholarship Foundation.
Seven UCSB graduate students competed in the Santa Barbara Performing Arts Scholarship Foundation competition on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at the Fess Parker Resort in downtown Santa Barbara. Baritone Byron Mayes took first prize in the vocal division ($5,000), soprano Naomi Merer took second ($4,000), and baritone Tyler Reece took third ($2,500). Mr. Mayes and Ms. Merer are both MM/DMA students studying in the studio of Dr. Linda Di Fiore at UCSB, and Mr. Reece is a doctoral candidate studying with Dr. Di Fiore. Soprano Joanna Lynn Jacobs, who took fourth place ($1,000), is a private student of Dr. Linda Di Fiore. Soprano Carol Tsai, a Physical Chemistry Ph.D. candidate and MM student in the studio of Dr. Isabel Bayrakdarian, was awarded honorable mention ($500). In the instrumental division, pianist Leslie Cain was awarded fourth place ($1,000), and cellist Karen Yeh and flutist Cynthia Vong were both awarded honorable mentions ($500 each). Ms. Cain is a doctoral candidate in the studio of Paul Berkowitz, Ms. Yeh is a doctoral candidate in the studio of Jennifer Kloetzel, and Ms. Vong is a masters student in the studio of Jill Felber.