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Carly Cooney wins vocal competition

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Carly Cooney, who formerly attended Lake Oswego High, is attending The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, NY. She recently won the Hal Leonard Vocal Competition for Early Teen Voices. She aims to be an opera singer.

Carly Cooney of Lake Oswego won first place in the recently held fifth-annual Hal Leonard Vocal Competition for Early Teen Voices.

Sponsored by Leonard, a world leader in vocal music, the competition is for young classical and theater singers and is comprised entirely of YouTube video entries. There were more than 1,000 entries in the 2015 competition in two divisions — art song and musical theater — with four age categories for children through college undergraduates.

Cooney, 15, is a student at The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., where she is focusing on preparing for a professional singing career. Her favorite genre of music is classical, and she aims to be an opera singer.

Cooney, who has been traveling across country to study with Lorraine Nubar, head of the Juilliard School’s pre-college voice department, determined that attending school in New York would be easier to manage.

“It will be a nice change,” she said. “I have very supportive parents.”

Prior to attending The Masters School, Cooney attended Lake Oswego High School, where she was a member of Windjammers.She said she had entered the Leonard competition previously and was a finalist in the Classical Singer Competition.

She said she is a big fan of American messo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, considered to be one of the most sought-after singers of our time.

Leonard gave away $10,000 in cash prizes and gift certificates to encourage singers to continue their vocal studies, and to recognize the good work of voice teachers.

The deadline for entry in the 2016 Hal Leonard Voice Competition is Feb. 1. The rules, required repertoire and prizes, as well as top-placing videos for 2015 and previous years, are available online at halleonard.com/vocalcomp.