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2008 Scholarship Competition

The Pro-Mozart Society's 2008 Scholarship Competition finals were held on February 10, 2008. Two winners were selected by the judges, each receiving a $4,000 scholarship to the Mozartem Institute in Salzburg, Austria.

Both Adam Cannedy and Christopher Sarzen will be presented in concert during the 2008-2009 season.

For more information about the competition event, see the XXX issue of the Amadeus.

Adam Cannedy

Scholarship Winner

Adam Cannedy, Bass-baritone

Adam Cannedy received the Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, where he graduated magna cum laude in 2007. As a senior there, he performed the role of Don Alfonso in "Cosi fan Tutte," singing four performances in four days. Adam won the Encouragement Award at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in Atlanta in January, 2008, and has been selected as first alternate to the Santa Fe Opera apprentice singer program. He is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society. He is currently singing in the chorus of The Atlanta Opera.

For the competition finals, Adam performed the following, accompanied by Scott Atchison:

  • "Aprite unpo' quegl'occhi" from Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro
  • "Quand la flamme de l'amour" from Bizet's La jolie fille de Perth
  • "Thus saith the Lord" from Handel's The Messiah
  • "Deh, vieni alla finestra" from Mozart's Don Giovanni
  • "Hear me, O Lord" from Carlisle Floyd's Susannah
Christopher Sarzen

Scholarship Winner

Christopher Sarzen, Pianist

Chris Sarzen won a full tuition music sdholarship to the University of South Carolina from which he received his Bachelor of Science degree and performance certificate in 1984. He then attended the Vanderbilt School of Medicine from 1984 to 1988. In 1985 he gave a recital at Oxford University in England. From 1991 through 1993, Chris was a Fellow, Digestive Diseases, at Emory Univeristy school of Medicine, and is currently in private practice, specializing in digestive diseases. Chris continues to give piano recitals, including a 2002 recital with Lyra Quartet, made up of members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

For the competition finals, Chris performed the following:

  • Sonata, K. 332 by Mozart
  • Etude, Op. 25, No. 12 by Chopin
  • Sonata, Op. 36, by Rachmaninov


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