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Maggie Finnegan '02
Posted 02/01/2017 02:15PM

UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE/UNIVERSITY: Bachelor of Music /Manhattan School of Music

GRADUATE DEGREE/UNIVERSITY: Master of Music /Peabody Conservatory

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Winner of the Washington Award from the S&R Foundation, to be honored at a Gala in June 2017 and will receive a $5,000 award.

"Something extra cool about this award is that last year, Lembit Beecher, also a York graduate, won this award!  I sang two pieces of his at the Gala and that's how I got introduced to the S&R Foundation and eventually applied for their competition! Go Team York! Lembit's wife, Karen Ouzounian, cellist, is also a Washington Award winner this year."

Hailed by Opera News for her 'strong voice and noteworthy acting prowess,” Maggie Finnegan is a versatile singer, performing repertoire spanning from medieval to contemporary. This year Maggie was awarded the Washington Award by the S&R Foundation and last season she made her Kennedy Center debut as the winner of the Washington International Competition for Voice. Her opera performances this year include premieres with The American Chamber Opera Company,Vital Opera and the Center for Contemporary Opera in Louis Andriessen's Odysseus' Women. Past seasons include performances with Paper Mill Playhouse (Fraulein Schweiger/Ensemble in The Sound of Music), the Metropolitan Opera Guild's School Touring Program (Second Lady, The Magic Flute), The Juventas New Music Ensemble (as Arrangiarsia in the world premiere of The Little Blue One) and The Metropolitan Opera Chorus (Boris Godunov)Maggie is a core member of the early and new music ensemble The Broken Consort. This season she will solo with The City Choir of Washington, The Camerata Singers of Monterey County, Calliope's Call, The New Dominion Chorale and the PyeongChang Winter Music Festival in South Korea. She currently splits her time between New York City and Boston, where she shares a home with her partner and three step-kids. Please visit her at www.maggiefinnegansoprano.com.  
The S&R Foundation wrote, "The selection committee were impressed with her artistic achievements, as well as her high aspirations and potential to make great contributions to the field of musical performance."  The S&R Washington Award recognizes talented emerging artists in all disciplines. The award is especially intended for emerging artists of great ability and potential who are looking towards the next stages in their creative development. 
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