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Announcing the Winners of the 2024 Lenya Competition!

Awards given to five outstanding talents; $92,000 in prizes distributed after memorable contest adjudicated by Nicole Cabell, Tazewell Thompson, and Jeanine Tesori. (In photo, l to r: Christian Mark Gibbs, Ana Karneža, Jason Zacher)


Winners of the 2024 Lenya Competition

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1st Prize, $25,000: Ana Karneža
2nd Prizes, $20,000: Christian Mark Gibbs and Jason Zacher
Outstanding Performance of a Contemporary Musical Theater Selection, $6,000: Queen Hezumuryango
Outstanding Vocal Achievement, $6,000: Joseph Sacchi


Each remaining finalist receives $3,000

Watch the Finals Here!

Relive all the excitement of the 2024 Lenya Competition Finals with video of the complete contest below

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Meet the Finalists

Meet the Judges

“Rolling Along”: Lenya Competition Winners in Concert

Join us in Kilbourn Hall at 8:00 pm, for a special concert from four Competition alumni: Michael Maliakel, now in his third year as Aladdin on Broadway; Analisa Leaming, who has appeared on Broadway in such shows as  The King and I, School of Rock, and Hello, Dolly; Jacob Keith Watson, currently appearing on Broadway in Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along; and Rebecca Jo Loeb, a regular on such stages as the Metropolitan Opera, LA Opera, and Deutsche Oper Berlin, and star of the German premiere of Kurt Weill’s Love Life.

The concert will be emceed by longtime President and CEO of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization and eleven-time Lenya Competition judge, Ted Chapin.

Meet the Alumni Performers

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