The 28 quarterfinalists have been announced for the 27th annual American Traditions Vocal Competition (ATC), which is slated to run Feb. 17-21, 2020. The 28 talented vocalists, will be competing for $40,000 in prizes, plus special performance opportunities with ATC’s partner organizations, Savannah Philharmonic and Savannah VOICE Festival.
Charles Bloom’s new musical, Pablo, will produce a fully orchestrated cast album this December at New York City’s Dubway Studios. Justin takes on the role of Luc Du Lac, the commercially successful and morally bankrupt chief artistic rival in Paris and the musical’s antagonist.
Justin recently made his role debut as Bobby in Stephen Sondheim’s Company with Hawaii Performing Arts Festival during two performances at The Palace Theatre (Hilo, HI) and The Kahilu Theatre (Waimea, HI).
“…Bobby finally comes into his own, stepping forward at first tentatively – almost tearfully conveying the anguish that comes with finally understanding that what he is missing is a depth of feeling, whether that be joy or pain. Then Justin’s expansive tenor rises to certainty: “Being Alive” is connection to someone else. Justin’s forte is rising to forte with passionate conviction.”
This fall, Justin begins an appointment as Associate Director of Vocal Pedagogy and Music Assistant Professor of Vocal Performance at New York University’s (NYU) Steinhardt School and Voice Center (Langone Medical Center) where he will teach courses in pedagogical theory and practice, applied voice, and supervise the graduate vocal pedagogy program. Prior to joining the NYU faculty, he served as Chair of Vocal Studies at Millikin University and Visiting Instructor at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
During Hawaii Performing Arts Festival’s season opener, Hollywood Hits, Moniz earned great acclaim for his performance by Big Island Music Magazine.
“All three of the Hollywood Hits singers are professionals who have had leading roles in a variety of operas and musicals over the last few years. Moniz himself, with his assured and commanding tenor and superb acting skills, kept us breathless as he held onto a final high note; we only let out our breaths when he did.”
For the second consecutive year, Justin was named winner of The American Prize in Vocal Performance in the Men’s Professional Art Song Division.
The American Prize in Vocal Performance—Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award honors the memory of the greatest Wagnerian baritone of his age, Friedrich Schorr, who commanded the operatic stage between the world wars, and his wife, Virginia Schorr, who taught studio voice at the Manhattan School of Music and the Hartt School of Music for nearly fifty years. The Prize recognizes and rewards the best performances by classically trained vocalists in America in 2018-19, based on submitted recordings.
In his Columbus Philharmonic debut, Moniz was praised by the press for his “mesmerizing” performance and “great vocal control.” The Republic writes, “His lyric tenor voice was poignantly emotional, which allowed the orchestra to run the full gamut from overwhelming power to amazingly quiet sensitivity.”
Moniz’s recent return to the Terre Haute Symphony earned him rave reviews!
“Likely, though, it was guest artist Justin Moniz who most visibly wowed the near-capacity audience in Tilson Auditorium. Only 29, Moniz already inhabits the musical worlds of opera, Broadway, cabaret…He then turned ‘Angels We Have Heard On High’ into the sort of showpiece that wins the finals of ‘The Voice,’ hitting a high D-sharp that is well into soprano territory […] a dramatic ‘Bring Him Home’ from ‘Les Miserables’ (his pianissimo last notes were heartbreaking), then pulled out all the stops for the evening’s final work, ‘O Holy Night.'”