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JTVA is an Oakland, California based nonprofit established to encourage and cultivate, through competition and education, the emerging talents of singers who aspire to a professional career in vocal performance.


 

IN THE News

2019

2019 JTVA VOCAL COMPETITION

FINALISTS ANNOUNCEMENT

 
 



James Toland Vocal Arts, Inc. has announced the 14 finalists for its annual JTVA Vocal Competition, to be held in Oakland on June 14 & 15, 2019. The prestigious JTVA competition awards $100,000 in prize money and gives gifted, emerging singers exposure to expert judging, master classes, performance opportunities, and more.

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2019

2019 JAMES TOLAND VOCAL COMPETITION

SEMIFINALISTS ANNOUNCEMENT

“Many highly-talented and remarkable singers have begun their careers at JTVA,” said James Toland, founder and general director. “We are delighted to have so many singers apply for this 6th JTVA Vocal Competition weekend and yet we’re daunted at the challenge of selecting only fourteen finalists from among this impressive group of excellent singers…”

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2019

WITH A SONG IN MY HEART - JTVA FUNDRAISER

Lively performances of over a dozen classical arias and songs from popular musicals captivated a sold-out house of more than 70 people during JTVA’s annual “With a Song in my Heart” fundraiser February 17, 2019.

The performances started with a duet between Don Giovanni and Zerlina sung by SF Opera Adler Fellows bass-baritone Christian Pursell and mezzo Ashley Dixon Santelli (the grand finals winner of the Met Opera National Council Auditions) and ended with a rendition of Rodgers & Hart’s “With a song in my heart,” by all six singers (Ashley Dixon,  Arnold Livingston GeisMaria Natale, Christian Pursell, Paige PatrickStefan Alexander Miller and accompanied by Paul Caccamo on piano). The repertoire included selections by Donizetti, Puccini, and Bizet as well as 20th-century musicals like “Oh, Kay!” and “My Fair Lady” as the singers moved among the admiring diners on restaurant C’era Una Volta’s mezzanine and main floor. The Alameda restaurant that has hosted the event since its inception in 2017.

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KGO-TV

"People hanging out on Tuesday at Oakland City Center got an "operatic" surprise. A flash mob chorus of 50 broke out into song during lunchtime. The group is from the Oakland-based nonprofit James Toland Vocal Arts," which helps develop and promote singers' careers...."

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2017

JAMES TOLAND VOCAL COMPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCED

SAN FRANCISCO CLASSICAL VOICE

"The fourth annual James Toland Vocal Arts Competition ended on Saturday in victory for soprano Julie Adams in Tier One. It’s another feather in the cap for Adams, who has been admired in the Bay Area in numerous roles, from Blanche in the Merola Opera’s Streetcar Named Desire, Mimi in S.F. Opera’s recent La boheme, SF Opera Lab’s Chamberworks Concerts, to Rose in Street Scene at Oakland East Bay Symphony...."

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2017

SOPRANOS TAKE THE LEAD IN PRIZE WINNING AT FOURTH ANNUAL
JAMES TOLAND VOCAL ARTS COMPETITION IN OAKLAND

Photo by Vibeke Johnson

Photo by Vibeke Johnson

Photo by Samuel Crossley

Photo by Samuel Crossley

Soprano Julie Adams won the Tier I Grand Prize award and soprano Maya Kherani was awarded first place in Tier II at the fourth Annual James Toland Vocal Arts (JTVA) Vocal Competition held on Saturday, June 24, 2017. 

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2017

DAVID GOCKLEY AND DEBORAH VOIGT - "INDUSTRY LEADERS” PARTICIPATE IN OAKLAND VOICE COMPETITION

SAN FRANCISCO CLASSICAL VOICE

"When the fourth-annual James Toland Vocal Arts is held June 23–24 in Oakland’s Holy Names University, the jury will include a man who has been listening to (and launching big careers for) hundreds of young voices for more than four decades. For those in auditions or a contest, San Francisco Opera General Director Emeritus David Gockley is always a welcome presence...."

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2016

TWO JUILLIARD-TRAINED VOCALISTS WIN TOP PRIZES

 
 

Bass-baritone Cody Quattlebaum won both the Tier I Grand Prize and Audience Favorite awards and soprano Eva Gheorghiu was awarded first place in Tier II at the third Annual James Toland Vocal Arts (JTVA) Vocal Competition held on Saturday, June 25, 2016. 

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Photos courtesy of Samuel Crossley

 
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PAST COMPETITION FINALISTS

2018

TIER I

Mariya Kaganskaya
Kelsey Lauritano
Hannah Ludwig
Andrew Manea
Brian Michael Moore
Bryan Murray
Emmett O'Hanlon

TIER II

Ben Brady
Clare Demer
Cara Gabrielson
Taylor Haines
Kyu Young Lee
Matthew Soibelman
Sean Stanton

2017

TIER I

Julie Adams
Nicholas Brownlee
Mason Gates
Sandra Hamaoui
Samantha Hankey
Andrew Manea
Daniel Moody

TIER II

Clare Demer
Emilie Faiella
Maya Kherani
Julia Metzler
Erin O’Meally
William Ottow
Sean Stanton

2016

TIER I

Yelena Dyachek
Arnold Livingston Geis
Veronica Jensen
Kisma Jordan
Jennifer Lindsay
Aundi Moore
Cody Quattlebaum

TIER II

Greg Allen Friedman
Aaron Gallington
Eva Gheorghiu
Timothy Madden
Madelaine Matej
Julia Metzler
Alexander Taite

2015

TIER I

Elizabeth Baldwin
Jason Duika
Sara LeMesh
Jennifer Lindsay
Clarissa Lyons
Emma McNairy
Brent Turner

TIER II

Clare Demer
Samuel James Dewese
Aaron Gallington
Angela Jarosz
Bradley King
Emma Rosenthal
Claire Weber

2014

TIER I

David Blalock
Ryan Bradford
Lara Lynn Cottrill
Jason Duika
Nicole Greenidge
Katherine Leemhuis
Abigail Levis

TIER II

Caleb Barnes
Allie Jessing
Hannah Ludwig
Chelsea Lyons
Stefan Miller
Anne Hepburn Smith
Alexander Taite

 

 

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