2018 Dorthy Lincoln Smith Winners

Two outstanding young winners in the Dorthy Lincoln Smith Competition are:

Mariya Kaganskaya, age 27, is a mezzo soprano from Miami, FL. In 2012, she graduated with a BA in Music, Vocal Performance from the University of Caliornia at San Diego. In 2015 she attained a MM in Vocal Performance and in 2106 a PSD, both from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Ms. Kaganskaya is presently a studio artist with the Florida Grand Opera. Her You Tube audition video is below:

Laura Leon, age 30 is a soprano from Miami, FL. In 2013 she received a BA in Music from Nyack College and in 2015 a MM from Florida International University. She is presently with the Florida Grand Opera. Her YouTube Audition video is below:


Competition Judges

The local judges for this competition were: Birgit Fiorvante, Director Opera Fusion; Metropolitan Opera Star, Marilyn Mims and Jeffrey Buchman, NSAL National Voice Winner 1997, and a well known musical director for opera in the major opera houses, including Florida Grand Opera and on the Voice faculty at Frost School of Music at the University of Miami,.

For more information:  National Society of Arts and Letters national website at www.arts-nsal.org