Webster Music Alumna Wins Vocal Performance American Prize

Dec. 8, 2016

Alumni Wins 2016 American Prize

Webster University alumna Samantha Schmid has won the American Prize in Vocal Performance under women in art song and oratorio, college/university division.

The American Prize is a non-profit series of national performing arts competitions that provide cash awards; professional and regional adjudication; and national, international recognition annually, to the best recorded ensemble of solo performances in the United States. Competitions are available at the professional, college/university, church, community and secondary school levels. 

In 2011, Schmid earned a bachelor of arts in music at Webster University where she studied voice with emerita professor Carole Gaspar and adjunct professor Debby Lennon; she also studied abroad at Webster Vienna.

“Samantha was one of the first students I met on the day I interviewed here nine years ago,” said Jeffrey Carter, chair of the Department of Music. “She impressed immediately as keen, motivated, funny, and a student who was going to go far. We are delighted with her current success, which does not surprise any of us who knew her as an undergraduate student!”

Carter notes that, while senior recitals are not required for BA students in Music, Schmid performed a senior recital that included seven different languages and program notes that are now legendary. Those program notes are posted on the Department of Music website as a guideline for current students.

Lyric soprano Schmid dedicates herself to exploring culture and communication. This season, she debuts with Juventas New Music Ensemble as Constance in the premiere of "Leo Hurley’s The Body Politic." She also appears as Donna Elvira with Opera in the Ozarks. Recognition for her artistry includes first place in the Webster University Aria Competition, inauguration into the Pi Kappa Lambda national music honor society and multiple awards from National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).

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