NSAL National Career Awards Competition for Woodwinds

The Greater Arizona Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters will hold it's Career Awards Competition for Woodwinds on March 17, 2018 at Central Methodist Church from 10am to 4pm. Arizona's top three winners will divide $7500 in awards which will be presented at the Annual Awards Dinner on March 18, 2018 at The Paradise Valley Country Club. The first place winner will go on to compete in the National Conference to be held in Chautauqua, NY during the Society's Annual Meeting from May 23-27, 2018 and be eligible for awards up to $12,000.

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


Shirley Rabb Winston Scholarships in Voice

Annual scholarships for continuing study in voice are awarded to singers ages 16 to 22.  Awards are for private study, workshops or summer programs. Funds are sent directly to the institution, teacher or tutor chosen by the winner. The maximum award is $5,000. Adjudication is at the local and national levels. The Arizona chapter will choose the two best applications to send to National for final awards consideration. Video applications are due to the chapter each year by February 1st. Rules and Application Forms will be available soon.

Arizona’s 2017 recipient of the Shirley Rabb Winston Scholarship in Classical Voice: 16-18 age group

Sarah Aaldering, Soprano, is a 17 year old senior at Los Gatos High School in Northern California.  Over the past four years she has consistently won 1st and 2nd place in competitions such as NATS Students Auditions, Classical Singer, Hal Leonard, and the William Schmidt Vocal Competition.  She has also been active in the Summer programs at Brevard Music Center Center, Oberlin Conservatory, and the San Francisco Conservatory Gilbert & Sullivan Scenes.  Her goal is to start college in the fall as a performance major at the Oberlin College Conservatory.


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.


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.