Winners of the Hammerstein International Youth Solo Contest Announced

The nonprofit Oscar Hammerstein Museum and Theatre Education Center’s (OHMTEC) recently announced the winners in the International Youth Solo Contest. The talented youth soloist winners included three Doylestown students who won in the local Bucks County category.

Local winners included Sierra Safran, a CB West High School student, who expertly sang “All the Things You Are” from the musical Very Warm for May by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein; Tohickon Middle School student Helena Badiali who wowed the judges with “This Nearly Was Mine” from South Pacific by Rodgers and Hammerstein; and Cold Spring Elementary School student Addison Rogers who delighted the listeners with “The Sound of Music” from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s renowned musical of the same name. Doylestown native Taylor Mitchell, who currently attends Elon University and won first place in the college division, also chose to sing the lovely title song from The Sound of Music.

The OHMTEC received contest entries from individuals in 28 states and Canada. The following is the complete list of the talented winners:

College Division
First Place: Taylor Mitchell, 19, Doylestown, PA
Second Place: John Brannigan, 19, Dacula, GA
Third Place: Ryan Wolpert, 21, Philadelphia, PA
High School Division
First Place: Yumeko Stern, 17, Broad Brook, CT
Second Place: Audrey Bailey, 17, North Logan, UT
Third Place: Emelia Aceto, 15, Hinckley, OH
Middle School Division
First Place: Lily Wolocko, 13, Northville, MI
Second Place: Callie Chae Pyken, 13, Los Angeles, CA
Third Place: Nicholas Vivar, 12, Nutley, NJ
Elementary School Division
First Place: Brooklyn Martin, 10, Glendale, AZ
Second Place: Sofie Poliakoff, 11, Davie, FL
Third Place: Alliana Lily Yang, 9, San Francisco, CA
Bucks County Division
First Place: Sierra Safran, 18, Doylestown, PA
Second Place: Helena Badiali, 13, Doylestown, PA
Third Place: Addison Rogers, 10, Doylestown, PA

First-place winners will receive a cash prize, have the opportunity to film their song at Highland Farm and receive a voice lesson with Broadway performers Justin Guarini (of American Idol fame) or Andrew Polec (Broadway’s Bat Out of Hell). Videos of their performances will hold a prominent place on the Hammerstein Museum website for one month each.

Proceeds from the contest benefit The Oscar Hammerstein Museum and Theatre Education Center, which is engaged in a fundraising campaign to support the nonprofit’s ongoing vision to secure Highland Farm, Oscar Hammerstein II’s former home and workplace and realize the dream of a museum and theatre education center on the site in the heart of Doylestown, PA. To learn how you can make an impact and #SaveOscarsHome please visit http://www.HammersteinMuseum.org.

Congratulations to all the talented soloists!

ABOUT HAMMERSTEIN MUSEUM & THEATRE EDUCATION CENTER: The Oscar Hammerstein Museum and Theatre Education Center, a recognized 501(c)3, is raising funds to purchase, restore, and preserve Oscar Hammerstein’s II former home and creative epicenter at Highland Farm in Doylestown, PA. The goal is to create a multifaceted and dynamic museum experience, with a strong theatre education component, that will serve as a place of inspiration for Broadway fans and humanitarians alike, from Hammerstein’s backyard and across the world. More at HammersteinMuseum.org.

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