As the season capstone, we will host our annual Bach Competition for Young Artists 2024 for aspiring vocal soloists. Following a preliminary round of recorded solo submissions, highly qualified finalists will be selected in March. Then, they will be invited to Colorado to participate in two days of masterclasses, rehearsals, and a final concert. The concert will feature one of Bach’s popular chorale cantatas, Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV 80. Additionally, finalists will perform beloved arias from other cantatas and large works.

One First Prize Winner and one Runner-Up will be selected at the conclusion of the concert and receive cash prizes. Finalists will have an opportunity to perform with CBE in future seasons at the discretion of the Artistic Director. We invite you to join us for this special concert. Following the concert, please join us for a reception to show appreciation for our loyal supporters.

Featured Soloists in the Bach Competition for Young Artists 2024

Molly Yuko McGuire

bach competition for young artists finalist molly yuko mcguirePraised for her “dulcet tones” (Boston Globe), Molly Yuko McGuire has established herself as a concert soloist and ensemble artist, captivating audiences in the northeast USA and beyond. She finds delight in navigating the world of early music, oratorio, new music and even jazz! In particular, Molly’s heart lies in the art of dramaturgy. Highlights this past spring ranged from her portrayal of Amore Terrano in Antonio Caldara’s Maddalena ai di Piedi di Christo to a jazz chanteuse named Caroline in the world premiere of Anthony Davis’s new musical Shimmer.

Molly has worked with world-renowned conductors both domestically and internationally. These include Hans-Christoph Rademann (JSB Ensemble), David Hill and Masaaki Suzuki (Yale Schola Cantorum), Scott Allen Jarret (Bach Akademie Charlotte), James Burton (Tanglewood Festival Chorus), and more. After successfully finishing her academic journey at Yale University, Molly has earned a Master of Music degree specializing in Early Music, Oratorio, and Chamber Ensemble. Her upcoming engagements are both within the United States and internationally.

Elisheva Pront

bach competition for young artists 2024 finalist elisheva prontElisheva Pront is a vocal artist and stage director who creates impactful art in collaborative environments in order to cultivate a compassionate understanding of our humanity. She regularly collaborates with living composers to create and perform new music, and to stage and direct new music theatre. Drawn to stories that reflect and deconstruct our modern world, she cares deeply about reimagining old stories in new and relevant ways. Through non-traditional casting and programming, Elisheva is committed to diverse representation on stage and off.

Elisheva maintains a wide and varied performing schedule alongside directing and producing. As a concert soloist, she was recently featured as the soprano soloist on Peabody NEXT Ensemble’s performance of Ad Genua by Anna Thorvaldsdottir. She has been a featured soloist in the concert series Baltimore Musicales, Just Bach (Madison, WI), the Mostly Modern Festival, the Source Song Festival, as well as in the percussion-vocal ensemble, Column.

An avid recitalist, Elisheva has programmed and performed repertoire across the United States, in Austria, and in Israel.  On the operatic stage, Elisheva has performed the roles of Flora in The Turn of the Screw, Damigella in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Cinderella in Into the Woods, and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte. As a professional chorister, she has sung in the Madison Opera Chorus in several mainstage productions. She has also served as a section leader and soloist with various church choirs in Madison, WI and Baltimore, MD.

Veronica Roan

bach competition for young artists 2024 finalist veronica roanMezzo-soprano Veronica Roan is delighted to join the Yale Institute of Sacred Music Early Voice program in the class of 2025. Veronica performed regularly in her hometown of Dallas, Te with ensembles such as Incarnatus, Orpheus Chamber Singers, Dallas Chamber Choir, and Band of Voices. Her recent artistic engagements include the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and the VOCES8 Scholars, with whom she premiered Christopher Tin’s Grammy-nominated The Lost Birds in concert.

Veronica received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Texas. There she received the Cecelia Cunningham Box Excellence in Voice and Nicholas M. Ricco Excellence in Music scholarships, as well as the Voertman-Ardoin Memorial Early Music scholarship.

Jason Rober

bach competition for young artists 2024 finalist jason roberA recent graduate of Eastman School of Music (M.M.), baritone Jason Rober enjoys a variety of musical opportunities in New York. He has performed opera roles that span the history of the art form, from Giove in Cavalli’s La Calisto to Mortimer in Anthony Davis’s Lear on the Second Floor. Jason has also appeared in concert as a soloist with such ensembles as the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Western New York Chamber Orchestra.

A lover of all things baroque, he has had the pleasure of being a soloist in many cantatas of Bach. Jason was recently a young artist with the Boston Early Music Festival, where he studied and performed opera roles of the French baroque such as Arcas in Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre’s Céphale et Procris. Jason has particularly cherished performing works of early music with ensembles local to Rochester, NY. These include Bach’s B Minor Mass with the VOICES choral ensemble, and cantatas of Bruhns with Publick Musick. In addition to his graduate studies at Eastman, Jason is a proud graduate of SUNY Fredonia, where he obtained his B.M. in Music Education.

Samuel Wetzel

bach competition for young artists 2024 finalist samuel wetzelSam Wetzel is a recent graduate from CU Boulder, where he studied with Andrew Garland. His voice has been described as “moving the chi in the room.” Samuel has been seen most recently as Pa in Missy Mazzoli’s Proving Up, Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff,  in the 2023 CU New Opera Workshop, as Pandolphe in Cendrillon, and Marcello in La Bohème, all with Eklund Opera Theater. He also recently performed Brundibar in Brundibar with Opera Steamboat. Sam received his undergraduate degree from the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music. There, he performed The Count in Le Nozze di Figaro, Melisso in Alcina, Dad in Jake Heggie’s Cinderella 99, and Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas. He has also performed Schubert’s Winterreise, and takes a special interest in performing new music and the music of Bach. In the fall Sam is attending Indiana University Bloomington to get his P.D.S.P. in voice performance.