2015 Recipients


Tenor Cleyton Pulzi is renowned for his musicality and nobility of tone. After many engagements as a concert and opera soloist in his native Brazil, Mr. Pulzi  moved to the United States in 2014, where he has worked as a soloist in operas and concerts. His roles included Reverend Parris in Robert Ward’s The Crucible and Count Almaviva in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia. His most recent performance was his debut of Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Bohème at the Rialto Center for the Arts in Atlanta, conducted by maestro Michael Palmer. Learn more about Cleyton by visiting his website.

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Amy Smithwick is a senior vocal performance major who studies in the studio of soprano Jana Young. She recently performed the role of Sister Angelica in Puccini’s Suor Angelica at Kennesaw State University. Last year, she was the featured soprano soloist in Rutter’s Magnificat with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra. Before studying at KSU, Amy spent time studying voice privately in Australia at the Sydney Conservatorium and was a young artist at the Pacific Opera Company. Selected credits include Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute, Veronique in Hotel Casablanca, Barbarina in Le Nozze Di Figaro, Waitress in Fortune’s Favorites, and scene selections from L’elisir d’amore, Beatrice et Benedict, and La Sonnambula. Learn more about Amy by visiting her website.

Not pictured: Jacob Augsten, baritone, a senior at Clayton State University.