American Traditions Vocal Competition Announces 2021 Quarterfinalists

Staff Report

Monday, November 30th, 2020

28 quarterfinalists have been selected for the 28th annual American Traditions Vocal Competition (ATC), which is slated to be held virtually Feb. 9-19, 2021. The 28 talented vocalists will be competing for $40,000 in prizes, plus special performance opportunities with ATC’s partner organizations, Savannah Philharmonic and Savannah VOICE Festival. Hundreds of applicants from around the world auditioned for a place in the quarterfinals and these 28 winners will perform virtually from as far as Russia and Canada, as well as from the home of the ATC in Savannah, GA.    

The 28 successful applicants for 2021 who will compete in the ATC quarterfinals are: 

  • Evgeniia Aknazarova - Nizhny, Novgorod (Russia) 

  • Sophie Amelkin - Silver Spring, MD

  • Julie Lyn Barber - Parker City, IN

  • Jonathan Christopher - Toronto, ON (Canada) 

  • Kerry Conte - New York, NY

  • Nicole Corris - Weehawken, NJ

  • Michelle Cosentino - Astoria, Queens, NY

  • Michelle Dowdy - New York, NY

  • Jessica Fishenfeld - Savannah, GA

  • Sarah Folsom - Cincinnati, OH

  • Megan Gallagher - Bayport, NY

  • Beth Allen Gardner - Mebane, NC

  • Isabelle Ham - Savannah, GA 

  • Heather Jones - Brooklyn, NY 

  • Will Liverman - Chicago, IL

  • Lisa St. Lou - Brooklyn, NY

  • Wendy Marck - Savoy, IL

  • Trevor Martin - Savannah, GA

  • Emily Nicholas - Astoria, Queens, NY

  • Gilad Paz - New York, NY

  • Brittany Proia - New Paltz, NY

  • Dee Roscioli - New York, NY 

  • Andrea Ross - Sioux Falls, SD

  • Anastasia Talley - Bolton, MS

  • Adam von Almen - New York, NY

  • Jason Weisinger - Brooklyn, NY

  • David Young - League City, TX

  • Nicole Zuraitis - West Haven, CT

These quarterfinalists are comprised of singers who have competed in the ATC in the past as well as fresh new faces, competing for the first time. Typically, these quarterfinalists would have to travel from across the US and internationally. However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, artists will be competing from the comfort of their own homes.  

ATC is not only Savannah’s premiere professional vocal competition, but it stands alone as a unique competition which showcases contestants performing American Music from a wide range of different genres. These talented quarterfinalists, who will all be awarded cash prizes, have already achieved great success by excelling through the ATC’s stringent application processes by creating three rounds of three different songs, all written by American composers.    

Artistic Director of the ATC, Mikki Sodergren said “We are ecstatic to be entering our 28th anniversary season with such an amazing line up of quarterfinalists. We are grateful that we will be able to provide these vocalists with a chance to perform and compete at a time when many need it most. This competition will give viewers, as well as contestants, a sense of normalcy and joy during these challenging times.”