The Donald Chen Young Artist Award (DCYAA) was established in 2008 by the North Shore Choral Society to support and promote young, emerging vocal artists. The DCYAA honors Dr. Donald Chen, who retired in 2008 after 24 years as NSCS Music Director and who embodied the truth that music, learning, and joy are intertwined.


This year’s DCYAA winners were selected from a field of nine finalists at a competition held on Sunday, February 18 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Wilmette.  Each contestant sang an operatic aria and a contrasting art song or oratorio aria of his or her choice. In addition to monetary awards for the finalists, the first prize winner will also be awarded a solo performance in an upcoming NSCS concert.

The 2018 Donald Chen Young Artists, pictured here with Dr. Chen, are:
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  • First Place ($500): Jacqueline Piccolino, Soprano
  • Second Place ($250): Olivia Boen, Soprano
  • Third Place ($100): Kyle Jensen, Baritone