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2018 Winners

Zachary Mendez

Zachary Mendez is a tenor, photographer, and arts administrator based in Santa Barbara California. A native of Dallas, he moved to Santa Barbara in 2015 to begin his graduate work at UCSB. He is currently a Masters candidate in Voice Performance and Opera in Dr. Linda Di Fiore’s studio on a full fellowship and stipend. He will be graduating with his Masters of Music in June, 2018. Upon graduation, Zach will continue working as the Office Administrator at Opera Santa Barbara.

Alexandria Jackson

Alexandria Jackson is a student pursuing a BM in voice under the tutelage of Dr.Linda DiFiore at UCSB. Within her few years of study Alexandria has won the following competitions: New Century Singers Whittier, Mu Phi Epsilon (second place), National Association for Negro Musicians: Regional (second place), and The National Liszt Competition (third). Ms. Jackson’s goal is to become an opera singer, spreading her love of music to audiences all over the world.

Christy Lee Peterson

Christy Lee Peterson (soprano) is a Salt Lake City native. She graduated with her Vocal Performance B.A. from Westminster College in 2015 where she was honored as the Top Graduate and has since been traveling and performing internationally. She is a current student in the studio of Dr. Linda DiFiore and she is beyond thrilled to be starting her graduate studies this fall at University of California Santa Barbara. Some of Christy’s previous roles include Susanna from Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Clara Johnson in Adam Guettel’s The Light in the Piazza, Lisette from Puccini’s La Rondine, and the title role from Handel’s Semele.