Inaugural Young Singer Art Song Competition

CONGRATULATIONS to the WINNERS of our Inaugural Young Singer Art Song Competition!

Anne Burgett 1st Place Winner

1st Place

Anne Burgett


Anne Burgett is a senior at Boston University Academy, where she enjoys studying music, philosophy, and political science. She loves singing with her church and school choirs, and performing as a soloist. Anne attended the Boston University Tanglewood Institute last summer, where she realized her love for classical singing and vocal performance. When she is not singing, Anne loves to be outdoors, hiking, skiing, swimming, and appreciating nature.

Natalia Popovska 2nd Place Winner

2nd Place

Natalia Popovska


A graduate of Boston Latin School, Natalia studies voice with Dana Varga. She is a cantor and soloist for the Blue Hills Collaborative in Boston and performs with Lucky Ten Young Talent Studio. Miss Popovska plans to pursue vocal performance at university in the Fall.

Antione Gray Jr 3rd Place Winner

3rd Place

Antione Gray Jr.


Antione Gray is a junior vocalist at Boston Arts Academy (BAA). He has been in many shows including: Hairspray (Seaweed), Spelling Bee (Mitch Mahoney), Jekyll and Hyde (John), Legally Blonde (Mr. Calhoun), Fiddler on the Roof (Ensemble), Annie (Daddy Warbucks), and Edwin Drood (Ensemble). He plans to be a stage performer or musical theatre actor in the future. He’s interested in Berklee for music business and Boston Conservatory for musical theatre and classical performance.

Divya Rajaraman Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention

Divya Rajaraman


Divya Rajaraman is an 8th grader at the Michael Driscoll School in Brookline. She has been part of Voices Boston for 3 years and has been taking voice lessons for the past 2 years. She is on a competitive rowing team, and also participates in Model U.N. Her current favorite musical is Wicked.

Competition Judges
Dr. Evangelia Leontis, Soprano, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Dr. Christina Wright-Ivanova, Pianist, Keene State College
Chelsea Whitaker, Pianist, DMA Candidate New England Conservatory of Music
Omar Najmi, Tenor, Boston Lyric Opera

Competition Pianist

Patricia Au 
Competition Pianist

Competition Pianist

Patricia Au


Exposed to art song since the age of ten, Canadian pianist Patricia Au is widely known for her vivacious playing and leads an active performing and coaching career, collaborating with vocalists and instrumentalists. She has appeared in such venues as Vancouver’s Chan Centre for Performing Arts, Toronto’s Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Boston’s Jordan Hall and Isabella Gardner Museum, as well as the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. She has also toured throughout Canada, Austria, the United Kingdom, and the United States. A frequent performer of contemporary music, she has workshopped pieces with their composers including Murray Adaskin, Sofia Gulbaidulina, John Greer, John Harbison, and Greg Zavracky.

As a recipient of various scholarships and grants, Ms. Au has pursued additional studies focusing on art song and opera in Canada, France, Italy, and Austria. She has performed for prominent musicians such as Sir Thomas Allen, Elly Ameling, Thomas Quasthoff, and Malcolm Martineau. Ms. Au has studied at the Franz-Schubert Institut in Baden bei Wien, Austria through the generosity of a Johann Strauss Foundation Scholarship awarded by the University of British Columbia. She was invited to the Académie Francis Poulenc in Tours, France and performed Tel jour, telle nuit for Poulenc’s extended family in Noizay. Passionate about dissolving the boundaries between song performance and scholarship, she has performed in lecture recitals discussing art song and lieder for renowned Schumann musicologist Rufus Hallmark, and theorist Richard Kurth.

Not limiting her teaching approach to existing pedagogical models, Ms. Au actively works in Boston as a vocal coach, piano teacher, and teaching artist. She has served as faculty at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and as a vocal coach/pianist for the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. During the academic year, she is part of the coaching staff at Boston Conservatory at Berklee and New England Conservatory. Most recently, Ms. Au was appointed Resident Teaching Artist for Boston Lyric Opera, traveling to local Boston Public Schools to create opera in the classrooms.

In May 2017, she completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts majoring in Collaborative Piano from New England Conservatory. Her dissertation, “A New Edition of the Piano-Vocal Score of Jake Heggie’s To Hell and Back” is available through Bent Pen Music, Inc.

For more information @au_patricia.

Thank you to all for participating in this Competition and CONGRATULATIONS from all of us at Calliope’s Call!