Gifted Young Voices

11th Annual Collegiate Vocal Competition Winners

Featuring works by R. Schumann, W. A. Mozart and Finzi.

R. Schumann Requiem, op. 148 (Rhode Island Premiere!)

Gerald Finzi Eclogue for Piano and Strings, op. 10

     Nicholas Rocha, Piano

W.A. Mozart   Regina Coeli in C Major, KV 27

This program has a little something for everyone.

It has been the mission of the Chorale since its inception to present young talented singers at the outset of their careers and watch them grow and succeed as they mature into full-fledged professionals. In this, the 11th season since the inception of our Annual Collegiate Vocal Competition, we are thrilled to present “tomorrow’s stars today” as our vocal soloists.  Also on the program is the wonderful Eclogue for piano and Strings by British composer, Gerald Finzi with our assistant conductor, Nichola Rocha as soloist.

Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 7:30 PM at the McVinney Auditorium on the grounds of the Cathedral of Sts. Peter & Paul in Providence, RI. Soloists are the winners of the Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra’s 10th Annual Collegiate Vocal Competition.


We are thrilled to introduce to you the winners of our 11th Annual Collegiate Vocal Competition as soloists in this concert.The winners were selected in a competition held at The Music Mansion in October. 

March 2019 Soloists


David Rivera Bozón, Tenor

Colombian tenor David Rivera Bozón has a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory, and is currently enrolled in NEC’s Graduate Diploma as part of Professor Bradley Williams’ Studio. David’s recent artistic highlights include: Soloist and Section Leader, Dante Alighieri Society of Massachusetts 2016-2019; Opera Talk Italy, The Barber of Seville at Zia Gianna’s, and Opera Amidst the Flowers. As part of the New England Conservatory Opera Workshop 2016-2018 he has performed Tamino, Belfiore, Paco, Azaël, The Teapot and various opera scenes. In 2019 he will sing Rinuccio with NEC Opera Workshop, and Madama Butterfly as Pinkerton with Central City Opera.

He is finalist in the Talents of the World, Inc. Annual Voice Competition, Regions I and II versions and participated in the New York City Grand Finale. 

Martha Hellermann, Soprano

A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and 2017 Winner of Wisconsin’s statewide N.A.T.S. competition, Martha Hellermann earned her bachelor’s degree in Voice Performance from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin where her most recent performances include Soprano soloist in “The Messiah”, The Soprano 2 in “Hydrogen Jukebox,” Isolier in “Le Comte Ory” and excerpts from “HMS Pinafore” as Josephine and “Sweeney Todd” as Joanna. 

Additionally, she has performed the role of Zerlina in “Don Giovanni” for Oberlin Conservatory’s summer program in Arezzo, Italy and excerpts as Despina from “Cosí fan tutte” in Cincinnati Conservatory’s summer opera studio. 

Martha is currently pursuing a Master of Music in opera performance from Boston Conservatory where she will be performing the role of Anna Gomez in their 2019 spring production of “The Consul.” 

Teresa Murphy, Mezzo-Soprano

Teresa Murphy is a senior at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. She graduated from Brunswick High School in 2014 and spent the next year doing mission work in Peru and Venezuela. As an initiative to fight gang violence in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, Teresa and two other music teachers created a music education program for youth, called Latidos (“Heartbeats”). Though the community today still suffers food shortages and violence, Latidos has extended to another neighborhood and engages more than 200 students.

Teresa is now a Music and Spanish double major at Holy Cross. She is a Brooks Music Scholar, a Kent Spanish Scholar, a member of Alpha Sigma Nu and Phi Beta Kappa, and the student conductor and composer for the College Choir.  Since her arrival at Holy Cross, she has studied voice with Marsha Vleck (Holy Cross), and her current teacher, Jayne West (NEC Continuing Education). 

During the past two summers, she has attended the NYU Classical Voice Summer Intensive (2017), and the AIMS in Graz Lieder Program in Graz, Austria (2018). Next year she plans to continue her studies in a master’s program for Voice Performance & Pedagogy. 

John Watson, Baritone

John Gray Watson believes that opera is more than just beautiful singing.  According to the press, he “uses his bright baritone to winning effect,” and “brings such passion to cheering [audiences] all over.”  Whether on the opera stage or in the concert hall, Mr. Watson pursues a balance between his vocal artistry and dramatic presence.

In opera, Mr. Watson has appeared in an ever-growing list of works from Mozart to Puccini.  When he is not falling in and out of love as Marcello from La bohème, he plays matchmaker for his friends as the resourceful Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia.  And as the loyal, yet cowardly Papageno from Die Zauberflöte, Mr. Watson “brings an honest simplicity [to the character].”

Mr. Watson has performed with Cleveland Opera, Opera Western Reserve, Opera Circle, and Cleveland Opera Theater.  He received his Bachelor of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music.  Mr. Watson has also appeared on stages around Italy where he trained with the Oberlin in Italy and Opera in Concert programs.  Most notably, he portrayed Marcello in La bohème at the Teatro Signorelli in Cortona, Italy.

In September 2018, he relocated to Boston to pursue a master’s degree from the New England Conservatory.  Most recently Mr. Watson appeared in NEC’s production of Le nozze di Figaro as Count Almaviva.  He currently resides in East Boston.

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