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MidAtlantic Opera Announces 2015 Audition Finalists to Perform In Upcoming Carnegie Hall Concert, "A Prayer for Peace"

Jason C. Tramm to conduct October 17th  Carnegie Hall Concert "A Prayer for Peace" Credits: Seton Hall University

Thirty five singers selected from the 2015 New Jersey state wide auditions will join the Morristown based MidAtlantic Chorus and Orchestra, nationally acclaimed guest soloists and the Seton Hall University Chorus on stage at Carnegie Hall, October 17, in “A Prayer for Peace” announced Jason C. Tramm, conductor and Artistic Director of the MidAtlantic Opera and Assistant Professor, Director of Choral Activities, College of Communication and the Arts, Seton Hall University.

The upcoming Carnegie Hall performance “A Prayer for Peace”, co-sponsored by the MidAtlantic Opera and Seton Hall University, is the third installment of Maestro Tramm’s 2015 Peace Trilogy performances, and will aid the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for Refugee Relief. 

“A Prayer for Peace” presents classical music selections from composers of Muslim, Jewish and Christian faiths whose music transcend its individual context and gives voice to each of the composers’ vision of peace in response to conflict and violence. The program includes the Elegy for cello and strings by Behzad Ranjbaran, selections from Ahmed Adnan Saygun’s rarely performed Yunus Emre oratorio, Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Dona Nobis Pacem.  The concert’s featured soloists will be  bass baritone Kevin Short (Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Teatro Comunale di Bologna),  mezzo soprano Sara Murphy (Ravinia Festival/Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Oratorio Society of New York), countertenor Ray Chenez (currently performing as Marzia in “Catone in Utica” , Theater an der Wien Vienna, Austria),  tenor Theodore Chletsos ( New York City Opera,  Minnesota Opera,  Utah Opera, Pittsburgh Opera),  soprano Rochelle Bard (Opera Orchestra of NY, Knoxville Opera, Shreveport Opera, Opera Tampa).

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Leanna Agresta, Erin Smith - Bergen County

Nicholas M. D'Ambrosio, Gabrielle Truncali, Sister Mathilde DeLucy, Judy Moresco - Essex County

Libby Crowley, Marlon Gonzalez-Perez - Mercer County

Mark Tarby, Dr. Jody Velloso -  Middlesex County

Nick Falcone,  Rev. Grace Scarle, Christina Hourihan, Linda Foster,  Diane Vallis Schneider - Monmouth County

Thomas Cullen - Morris County

Karen Vick, Charlene Dorman -  Passaic County

Devin McGuire, Aaron Geusic, Warren NJ - Somerset County

Anthony Tabish. Sherri Strauss Williamson, Elizabeth Sokalski, Father Brian Muzas, Laurie Pine – Union County


Emily Mochel, Weston, Fl

August Pimentel, Salem, CT

Gabrielle Henderson,  Perry, Georgia

Anna Carpenter, Dubuque, Iowa

Martha Ellen Smith, Levittown, PA

Gabriella Bryce, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Roger Ohlsen, Manya Gaver - Brooklyn, NY

Jessica Cabalquinto Chantilly, VA

Francesca Regalado, Manila, Philippines

“A Prayer For Peace” will take place October 17 (8 pm) at on the Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage of the Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall.  Ticket prices range from $10 - $90. Order tickets online at, by phone at CarnegieCharge (212-247-7800) or at the Carnegie Hall box office at 57th Street and 7th Avenue in New York City. Student and senior discounts are available at the box office only.  Group ticket discounting is available to your organization by calling 212-903-9705 Monday-Friday, 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM or Online at

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