Tenor Zachary Mendez (MM student) and mezzo-soprano Alexandria Jackson (BM student) were recently selected as two of three winners of the California Women's Chorus Vocal Music Scholarship Competition. Both are members of Dr. Linda Di Fiore's studio. The third winner, soprano Christy Peterson, is a private student of Dr. Di Fiore. All three students will receive $2,000 and will perform two pieces on the California Women's Chorus concert on April 29 in Whittier, CA.
Zachary Mendez, tenor
American tenor Zachary Mendez is currently a master's candidate for voice and opera at the University of California, Santa Barbara where he studies with Linda Di Fiore. With UCSB Opera Theatre he has sung the roles of Jonathan in Letters from Quebec to Providence in the Rain, Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola (scenes program) and Léon in Signor Deluso. He has appeared multiple times as a soloist with Opera Santa Barbara, and he has been featured in concert throughout the United States and in Europe. Zachary is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University. Photo by Jonas Jungblut.
Alexandria Jackson, mezzo-soprano
Alexandria Jackson is an undergraduate student currently studying with Dr. Linda Di Fiore as a BM major. Alexandria has participated in the following competitions: National Association for Negro Musician (regionals), New Century Singers (winner of collegiate section), National Liszt Competition (3rd place), and Mu Phi Epsilon competition (2nd place). She is currently planning her recital for this upcoming spring.