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Rosen-Schaffel Competition

for Young and Emerging Artists

Coronavirus Information

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the decision has been made to postpone the 10th Annual Rosen-Schaffel Competition to July 2021. All applications submitted during the spring of 2020 will be honored for the 2021 competition, with the option for applicants to resubmit with updated materials. The eligibility will also be extended to 3-years post graduate to accommodate any applicants that planned to enter this year, but would otherwise have been ineligible in 2021.

Details regarding applications, timeline and eligibility to be posted here soon.


2019 Winners and Finalists

Andrew René, First Place Winner

Andrew René, baritone, has participated in vocal competitions and professional engagements, including performances with the Virginia Opera Association, the Bay View Association, Opera Raw, Piedmont Opera, the A. J. Fletcher Opera Institute, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and the Princeton Festival. The summer of 2015 marked his third year of attendance at the Bay View Music Festival where he performed the role of Marcello in their production of Puccini's La bohème. In 2017, he returned to sing the role of Escamillo in Carmen. This past summer, he performed the role of Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola with the Janiec Opera Company.

His previous roles include John Sorel in Menotti's The Consul, the Pirate King in Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance, Guglielmo in Mozart's Così fan tutte, Riolobo in Catàn’s Florencia en el Amazonas, Harlequin in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, Father Palmer in Silent Night, Sam in Trouble and Tahiti, Dandini in La Cenerentola, Golaud in Impressions de Pelléas, and the title role in Verdi's Falstaff. This year, he played the Celebrant in Bernstein’s Mass, Albert in Massenet’s Werther, and, Garibaldo in Händel’s Rodelinda, all produced by the A. J. Fletcher Opera Institute.

Mr. René recently received his undergraduate degree from Capital University where he studied with Élise DesChamps and Brian Banion, and is pursuing a Master of Music degree at the A. J. Fletcher Institute of Opera of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where he studies with Dr. Marilyn Taylor.

Andrew Hasher, Second Place Winner

Praised for his “liquid tone” and “smooth and expressive” playing (Classical Voice of North Carolina), Andrew Hasher has performed as a saxophonist and ensemble member across the east coast. Originally from Old Bethpage, New York, Andrew has competed and placed at statewide solo and chamber music competitions in New York, North Carolina and Michigan. As the winner of the Spring 2017 University of North Carolina School of the Arts Concerto Competition, Andrew has appeared as a soloist alongside the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Andrew has appeared as both a soloist and ensemble member of the University of Michigan Symphony Band. He is currently the alto saxophonist in the Sapphirus Quartet.

Andrew holds a degree in saxophone performance (BM) from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and is currently pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Michigan where he studies saxophone with Dr. Timothy McAllister.

Lucia Kobza, Third Place and Audience Choice Winner

Lucia Kobza received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Hochschule der Künste Bern, Switzerland, with distinction. Following her mentor Professor Ida Bieler to the United States, she studied under her tutelage at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and was honored with the UNCSA Graduate Excellence in Performance Award both for her Master’s degree and Professional Artist Certificate. Lucia is currently pursuing her Doctorate at Stony Brook University in New York, in violin and viola performance with Emerson String Quartet’s violinist Philip Setzer and violist Lawrence Dutton. As member of UNCSA’s Giannini String Quartet and participant of UNCSA’s Chrysalis Chamber Music Institute, she enjoyed exciting performance opportunities such as playing in master classes at the Lincoln Center in New York and performing with Silk Road Ensemble’s Pipa virtuoso Wu Han. At Stony Brook University Lucia joined the Steinem String Quartet, which was honored to be chosen to participate in Philip Setzer’s String Quartet Intensive as well as the Emerson Chamber Music Institute. The quartet has had several thrilling performance opportunities, such as premiering Emerson violinist Eugene Drucker’s “Levertov Settings” for string quartet and voice at Carnegie Hall.

Lucia has held orchestral positions as co-principal in the Greensboro Symphony, Assistant Concertmaster of the Western-Piedmont Symphony and as member of the Winston-Salem Symphony. Lucia Kobza was 1st Prize winner of the MANC Competition, NC ASTA Competition, UNCSA Concerto Competition, the Elizabeth Harper Vaughn Concerto Competition, and was Audience Choice Award Winner in the Rosen-Schaffel Competition 2015.

Lucia enjoys spending her free time outdoors, going for walks and admiring nature, as well as playing fiddle in the Deep Roots Ensemble.

Wagner Pástor, Finalist

Tenor Wagner Mauricio Pástor Pazmiño hails from Quito, Ecuador. He is an A. J. Fletcher Opera Institute fellow at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and studies with Dr. Marilyn Taylor. He graduated with a M.M. in Voice Performance from the University of Idaho. At his first year as Fletcher, Wagner has performed the title role in Massenest's "Werther" in the Winter, and he will be featured as Grimoaldo in Handel's Rodelinda in the Spring 2019. He has sung Don José in Bizet’s Carmen at the Bay View Music Festival in the Summer 2017 and at the University of Idaho in the Spring 2018 in addition to recent performances of L’elisir d’amore as Nemorino, Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi as Rinuccio with the University of Idaho, and Strauss’ Die Fledermaus as Alfred with the South Bend Lyric Opera. Scenes performed include La Bohème, as Rodolfo, La Traviata, as Alfredo, and Roméo et Juliette, Roméo at the Bay View Festival 2018.

Wagner has also performed concerts with the Ecuador Symphony, and at the UNASUR inaugural ceremony. He holds a Regional Planning Engineer from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador and obtained the Bachillerato en Artes from the Conservatorio Superior Nacional de Música del Ecuador. He was the voice assistant at the VOSU choir, a project for the blind supported by the Ministry of Culture of Ecuador and the Ecuador Symphony.

Molly Reid, Finalist

Molly Reid is a pianist from Cary, North Carolina. She is pursuing the M.M. in Piano Performance at Appalachian State University under Dr. Rodney Reynerson, where she is a Chancellor’s Fellow. After graduating from Appalachian with her B.M. in Piano Performance (summa cum laude, University Honors), she attended the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) where she received the M.M. in Music Theory and also studied piano with Eugene Pridonoff. Molly subsequently studied music theory at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York. As a concerto soloist, she was a finalist in the Elizabeth Harper Vaughn Concerto Competition, received Third Prize and the Audience Choice Award in the 2013 Rosen-Schaffel Competition, and performed Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G with the Appalachian Symphony Orchestra as the winner of the Hayes School of Music Concerto-Aria Competition. She plans to pursue doctoral studies in piano after graduation.

Peter Smith, Finalist

Peter Smith, 21, began his musical education at the age of six and is currently a rising fourth-year undergraduate student at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, studying under the tutelage of Dmitri Shteinberg. Peter also attended UNCSA for high school as a student of Eric Larsen, director of the Meadowmount School of Music. Over the course of his musical career, Peter has earned a variety of distinctions; his most recent accomplishments include winning the UNCSA Concerto Competition, winning the North Carolina MTNA Young Artist Piano Competition, and being invited to record for the 40th anniversary of the radio station WDAV.

This summer, Peter will attend the Bowdoin International Music Festival, and he has regularly attended music festivals in the past, including the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival, summer programs at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Oberlin, and others.

During his time at UNCSA, Peter has frequently appeared in on- and off-campus concerts performing both solo repertoire and chamber music, and he has also performed and won competitions at many of the summer festivals he has attended. In the future, Peter plans to continue his musical studies at the graduate level.

Past Winners and Finalists


FIRST PLACE - Andrew René, UNC School of the Arts, Baritone
SECOND PLACE - Andrew Hasher, UNC School of the Arts, Saxophone
THIRD PLACE/AUDIENCE CHOICE - Lucia Kobza, UNC School of the Arts, Violin
Wagner Pástor, UNC School of the Arts, Tenor
Molly Reid, Appalachian State University, Piano
Peter Smith, UNC School of the Arts, Piano


FIRST PLACE/AUDIENCE CHOICE - Morgan Short, UNC School of the Arts, Harp
SECOND PLACE - Jacob Warren, UNC Greensboro, Saxophone
THIRD PLACE - Delphine Skene, UNC School of the Arts, Violin
Emily Arbour, Appalachian State University, Soprano
Allison Bishop, Appalachian State University, Piano
Susannah Stewart, UNC Chapel Hill, Soprano
Brianna Tam, UNC Greensboro, Cello
David Walker, UNC Wilmington, Saxophone
Hyunsu Yoon, UNC School of the Arts, Flute


FIRST PLACE/AUDIENCE CHOICE - Eva Wetzel, UNC School of the Arts, Violin
SECOND PLACE - Lyndsey Swann, UNC Greensboro, Soprano
THIRD PLACE - Owen Dodds, UNC School of the Arts, Piano
Chelsea Bernstein, East Carolina University, Cello
Caleb Carpenter, UNC School of the Arts, Saxophone
Rachel Davis, Appalachian State University, Bassoon
Ethan Garner, Appalachian State University, Tenor
Isaac Pyatt, UNC Greensboro, Percussion


FIRST PLACE - Hunter Bockes, UNC School of the Arts, Saxophone
SECOND PLACE - Stephen Mulvahill, UNC School of the Arts, Piano
THIRD PLACE/AUDIENCE CHOICE - Avital Mazor, UNC School of the Arts, Violin
Kimberly Hilton, Appalachian State University, Mezzo-Soprano
Natalie Jefferson, UNC School of the Arts, Flute
Eli Kaynor, UNC School of the Arts, Cello
Christina Lai, UNC Chapel Hill, Piano
Alicia Reid, UNC School of the Arts, Soprano
Terri Smith, UNC Pembroke, Trumpet


FIRST PLACE - Marco Núñez, UNC School of the Arts, Flute
SECOND PLACE - Alastair Wright, UNC School of the Arts, Saxophone
THIRD PLACE - Jacob Cook, Appalachian State University, Bass-Baritone
AUDIENCE CHOICE - Lucia Kobza, UNC School of the Arts, Violin
Allison Deters, Appalachian State University, Soprano
Eli Kaynor, UNC School of the Arts, Cello
Jessica Small, UNC Wilmington, Saxophone


FIRST PLACE - Amber Carpenter, UNC Charlotte, Harp
FIRST PLACE - Diana Yodis, UNC Greensboro, Mezzo-Soprano
THIRD PLACE/AUDIENCE CHOICE - Alex Sidwell, Appalachian State University, Percussion
Bennett Astrove, UNC School of the Arts, Violin
Krisztina Der, UNC School of the Arts, Flute
Christopher Plaas, Appalachian State University, Tenor
Erica Spear, Appalachian State University, Flute


FIRST PLACE - Shane Rathburn, UNC School of the Arts, Saxophone
SECOND PLACE - Chelsea Bonagura, UNC Greensboro, Soprano
THIRD PLACE/AUDIENCE CHOICE - Molly Reid, Appalachian State University, Piano
Jennifer Lazarz, UNC School of the Arts, Mezzo-Soprano
Bal Eum Lee, UNC School of the Arts, Flute
Alexander Travers, Appalachian State University, Violin
Yi-Ying Wu, UNC Greensboro, Piano


FIRST PLACE - Julian Rose, UNC School of the Arts, Flute
SECOND PLACE - Kristin Schwecke, UNC School of the Arts, Soprano
THIRD PLACE - Lewis Jones, Appalachian State University, Saxophone
AUDIENCE CHOICE - David Clark, Appalachian State University, Baritone
Kaitlin Moreon, UNC School of the Arts, Violin
Scott O’Toole, UNC School of the Arts, Percussion
Ben Russell, Appalachian State University, Percussion
Audrey Sutton, Appalachian State University, Viola


FIRST PLACE - Ben Robinette, UNC School of the Arts, Saxophone
SECOND PLACE - Bradley Plesz, Appalachian State University, Percussion
THIRD PLACE - Julia Byrd, Lenoir-Rhyne University, Piano
AUDIENCE CHOICE - Cynthia Burton, UNC Chapel Hill, Violin
Katherine Ardoin, UNC School of the Arts, Mezzo-Soprano
Katherine Edahl, Appalachian State University, Soprano
Louise Grevin, UNC School of the Arts, Cello
Henry Michaels, Lenoir-Rhyne University, Trombone