(Santa Barbara, Calif.) — The musical talent of seven UCSB graduate students earned them top honors in the 2017 Santa Barbara Performing Arts Scholarship Foundation (PASF) competition.
Baritone Byron Mayes took first prize in the vocal division, with soprano Naomi Merer, coming in second and baritone Tyler Reece placing third. Soprano Carol Tsai received honorable mention. In the instrumental division, pianist Leslie Cain was awarded fourth place, and cellist Karen Yeh and flutist Cynthia Vong received honorable mentions.
“The large number of winners this year, and in the past, is indicative of the high level of talent, preparation, and quality of our singers and the UCSB voice area,” said Linda Di Fiore, an adjunct professor in the UCSB Department of Music’s voice program.
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