CSU junior to sing at International Vocal Competition

photo of Marissa Rudd
CSU junior Marissa Rudd will perform in the competition Saturday.

Junior vocal performance major Marissa Rudd is not only gearing up for her second performance of this fall’s opera, getting ready for fall break, and finishing up this semester, she is working hard to prepare for her performance in the International Vocal Competition, presented by the Boulder Music Institute, Boulder Opera Company, and Boulder Symphony. The competition takes place this Saturday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Boulder. Tickets are $15 for the public and $10 for students.

According to the competition website, “singers from Juilliard, Carnegie-Mellon, Peabody, and Miami will compete against Colorado’s finest talent for cash prizes and roles in [Boulder Opera Company’s] fall production of La bohéme.” These eight singers will perform arias from La bohéme and Carmen, under the baton of Devin Hughes of the Boulder Symphony.

BMI Artistic Director and Vocal Technician Lauren Sawyer says the singers featured in this concert/competition “have been carefully chosen through preliminary auditions in New York and Boulder, and we expect the finals to be tough to decide.”

Rudd learned about her audition for the competition while she was performing at the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition earlier this semester.

“I actually went back and forth between Denver and Boulder for a few different auditions that day,” Rudd said. “So I was preparing each aria in my head during the trips.”

When asked how she got into the competition vein, Rudd cited the help of Dr. John Seesholtz, assistant professor of voice at CSU.

“Dr. J is always sending us info about these events,” she said. “And he thought I should go for it, so I did!”

Rudd was selected as one of only eight performers who represent some of the most promising up-and-coming singers who will be judged at the competition/final concert. The audience will also have the opportunity to vote for a favorite singer.

For tickets and more information, visit bouldermusicinstitute.com.