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MEF vocal awards were given through auditions that were judged by professionals in the field. The singers were then presented in concert, with orchestra, conducted by Richard Woitach of the Metropolitan Opera in Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. Later, when MEF returned to our founders’ original concept of instrumental concerts, each solo musician was and is currently presented with a grant.

During his tenure as MEF’s artistic director (1991–2012), the pianist/conductor Li Jian led The Orchestra of St. Luke’s to accompany these instrumentalists. More recently, MEF presented Eve Queler, founder and conductor of Opera Orchestra of New York, to showcase promising young singers whom she, as a competition judge, helped to discover. Mindful of our groundbreaking history over the past 85 years, MEF will keep looking ahead for innovative ways to provide young musicians with performance opportunities.


Arash Amini

Efe Baltacigil

Rochelle Bard

Carter Brey

Michael Brown

Nicholas Canellakis

Qing Yu Chen

Maria D’Amato

Glenn Dicterow

Lauren Eberwein

Shirin Eskandani

Joey Farber

Seth Farber

Renée Fleming

Pamela Frank

Cristina Gallardo–Domâs

Adam Golka

Dong-Jian Gong

Gary Graffman

Matt Haimovitz

Alan Held

Jennifer Higdon

Benjamin Hochman

Li Jian

Mayuko Kamio

So Jin Kim

Yoon Kwon

Steven LaBrie

Jaime Laredo

Jessica Lee

Kristin Lee

Sean Lee

Ning Liang

Cho-Liang Lin

Olga Makarina

Sydney Mancasola

Anthony McGill

José Meléndez

Margaret Mezzacappa

John Horton Murray

Paul Neubauer

Musa Ngqungwana

John Novacek

Takaoki Onishi

Susie Park

Anna Polonsky

Eve Queler

Liz Queler

Philippe Quint

Roman Rabinovich

Ricardo Rivera

Jennifer Rowley

Huang Ruo

José Ramos Santana

Stephen Sechrist, Narrator

Diego Silva

Michael Tree

Bion Tsang

John Viscardi

Yunpeng Wang

Orion Weiss

Jianyi Zhang



















































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