SSM Senior Receives Multiple Vocal Performance Accolades

January 22, 2021

Hannah Ray ’21, a senior in SSM’s Vocal Performance Program Center of Excellence, recently took first place in the vocal category of the Northern State University Department of Music’s 2021 Friends of the Arts/NSU Young Artist Competition. She was also chosen as a finalist for Luther College’s Outstanding Dorian Soloists Virtual Recital.

Like other events in the past year, these competitions were conducted virtually, with contestants submitting recorded performance videos. Hannah performed two of the newer pieces that she’s been working on, “Bel Piacere,” and “Das Verlassen Mägdlein,” in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd accompanied by James Yao, SSM Choral Instructor and Accompanist.

The Friends of the Arts/NSU Young Artist Competition includes cash prizes of $1,000 for first-place winners in each of the four categories, as well as music scholarships for those students who attend Northern State University in the fall. Meanwhile, the soloists for the Outstanding Dorian Soloists Virtual Recital will be announced on February 8th.

“Hannah’s progress over the past few years has been nothing short of extraordinary,” said Peter Schleif, Director of SSM’s Vocal Performance Program. “The guidance from her private teachers, coupled with her strong work ethic, have helped her excel both technically and musically. She is the embodiment of our developmental program, and we are looking forward to what her future holds!”

Hannah’s competition performance of “Das Verlassen Mägdlein,” is available to watch on YouTube. Hannah also performed “Shepherds, Shake Off Your Drowsy Sleep,” for the virtual Shattuck-St. Mary’s Holiday Party this year, which is available to watch on the SSM YouTube channel.

Congratulations to Hannah on all of her hard work and pursuit of excellence over the past several years, and best of luck moving forward in the recital competition!

  • Hannah Ray ’21, SSM Vocal Performance Program