The North Shore Choral Society is delighted to announce the winners of our 2020 Donald Chen Young Artist Award (DCYAA) competition, held on April 5, 2020.

This award, ​established in 2008 in honor of music director emeritus Dr. Donald Chen, supports and promotes young, emerging singers.  Each contestant selected and performed one operatic aria and one contrasting art song or oratorio aria for a panel of judges including NSCS Music Director Dr. Julia Davids and guest judges Dr. Anne Heider and Dr. Donald Chen. The winners, chosen from a field of eight finalists, are:

First place: Marin Tack, soprano.

​Ms. Tack performed  "Coyotes" by Ricky Ian Gordon and "Deh vieni non tardar" from Le Nozze di Figaro by
W. A. Mozart. As first place recipient, she is awarded $500 and a paid performance with North Shore Choral Society.

Click here to hear Marin Tack sing "Deh vieni non tardar," accompanied by pianist Jason Carlson.


Second place: Stephen Hobe, baritone.
Mr. Hobe performed "A Hundred Thousand Stars" from For a Look or a Touch by Jake Heggie
and "Prologue" from I Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo.
The second place award is $250.
Third place: Kira Neary, soprano.

Ms. Neary performed "Non so le tetre immagini" from Il Corsaro by Giuseppe Verdi and "A Monk and His Cat" from Hermit Songs by Samuel Barber. The third place award is $100.
View the 2020 DCYAA Program booklet here.