National Society of Arts and Letters Awards Banquet 2018, featuring Woodwinds Competition competitors


Arizona Winner of the 2017 Dorothy Lincoln Smith Voice Competition

Asleif Willmer, Soprano, is a doctoral student in vocal performance at Arizona State University studying under Carole FitzPatrick. Ms. Willmer grew up in Santa Cruz, California, where she danced ballet, played the flute, sang, and did theater. She hopes to perform in USA opera houses and European houses and after retiring from singing, she would like to become a voice professor. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Arizona in 2012 with a BM in Vocal Performance, and received a MM in Opera Performance from Arizona State University. She is fluent in Portuguese and has triple citizenship from Italy, USA, and Brazil.

As a concert performer, Willmer has been a featured soloist with the Mount Desert Summer Chorale, Tucson Philharmonia Youth Orchestra, the International Vocal Arts Institute in Montreal, Brevard Music Festival, the Vianden Music Festival in Luxembourg, and True Concord Voices and Orchestra. As an opera performer, Willmer has sung many roles such as: “Adele” in DIE FLEDERMAUS, the title role in LA PERICHOLE, “Serpina” in LA SERVA PADRONA, and “Despina” in COSI FAN TUTTE, for which she won an AriZoni award for Best Supporting Actress. Ms. Willmer attended the prestigious Brevard Music Festival both summer of 2015 and 2016 where she sang “Baby Doe” in THE BALLAD OF BABY DOE, and "Tytania" in MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM opposite the famous counter-tenor David Daniels. Ms. Willmer was a Western Region Finalist for the Metropolitan Opera Competition in 2016 and is a Finalist for the Phoenix Opera Southwest Competition 2017.

Future Engagements include performing the role of “Pamina” in DIE ZAUBERFLOTE and competing in the finals of the Southwest Competition.


Dorothy Lincoln-Smith Voice Competition

The National Society of Arts and Letters is pleased to announce the third year of the  Dorothy Lincoln Smith Voice Competition. Dr. Lincoln-Smith,  the past NSAL National President and Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees  is generously underwriting this  competition for classical vocalists, ages 23 – 31. A total of $10,000 will be awarded to winners.


Boesndorfer USASU International Piano Competition

Boesendorfer USASU International Piano Competition in partnership with NSAL Greater Arizona Chapter. This biennial competition typically attracts over 150 pianists from over 30 countries, with more than 40 young musicians competing in the semi and final rounds for cash prizes of $50,000 as well as engagement with the Phoenix Symphony and recitals in the US, Austria and Germany.  The competition is held at ASU, Tempe.  The 2018 competition will be held from January 2 through 8. The winner of the NSAL $1,000 award is chosen by Boesendorfer judges from all Arizona competitors. Contestant age limits are 19-32. Rules and Application details will be available soon.