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Three USM singers honored as 2017 Young Stars of Maine

Image of Garrepy as Ottone

Three USM School of Music singers earned prizes and performed at the 2017 Young Stars of Maine Prize Winners concert at the Rockport Opera House.

For more than 50 years, Bay Chamber Concerts and Music School has had an annual prize program to recognize, encourage and reward young Maine music students who are serious in their study and performance of music. Prize awards are $1,000.

Countertenor Christopher Garrepy, who is a senior vocal performance major, was awarded the Ezra Rachlin Prize for Excellence. He was selected as a winner of USM's Concerto Competition and the USM Honors Recital in 2016. In April of that year, he also performed the role of Ottone in the USM production of "The Coronation of Poppea" (in the photo at right). More recently, he sang in the ensemble of USM's spring 2017 production of Nicolai's "The Merry Wives of Windsor," and he will be singing the role of Orfeo in excerpts from Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice in a concert with St. Mary's Schola in June.

Image of Rachel Shukan in "The Merry Wives of Windsor"Soprano Rachel Shukan, a vocal performance major, was awarded the Eleanor Erdman and Diane Nixon Vocal Excellence Prize. She was selected to sing in USM School of Music's 2016 and 2017 honors recitals. She played Alice Ford in this year's production of Nicolai's "The Merry Wives of Windsor" (in the photo on the left).

Soprano Kiersten Curtis, who graduated in May with a vocal performance degree, was awarded the Jean and Harvey Picker Senior Prize. She performed in USM's Chorale and also appeared in the ensemble of "The Merry Wives of Windsor."