Despite a sparse seasonal schedule, Mobile Opera continues to have a positive effect on our community. They’ve made it clear with their latest announcement.

Soprano Kate Frazier and baritone Nathaniel Hicks are the recipients of the 2014 Madame Rose Palmai-Tenser Young Artist Scholarships. They were chosen from a field of auditioners.

Frazier studies voice at the University of South Alabama with Dr. Thomas Rowell. Hicks is a University of Mobile student who studies voice with Dr. Patrick Jacobs.

The pair will receive not just their respective cash awards, but also opportunities to participate in Mobile Opera’s mainstage productions along with community and educational events. This version of an internship augments their academic training in preparation toward a performing arts career.

Congratulations are in order for both Frazier and Hicks but also to Mobile Opera for striving to enhance their community.

Named for Mobile Opera’s founding force, the Madame Rose Palmai-Tenser Developing Artist Program comprises three areas:

• The Young Artist Program provides scholarship and performance opportunities to Mobile area college students.

• The Resident Artist Program provides aspiring artists with their first professional experiences for careers in the arts.

• The Madame Rose Vocal Scholarship Competition is a competition where emerging professional artists compete for cash scholarship awards. It was re-established in January 2014 after a hiatus. The finals, which are open to the public, will be January 10, 2015.

If you would like to get involved, contact Director of Education and Community Outreach Stacey Driskell at 251-432-6772 or by email to Stacey@mobileopera.org.