Five Towns
Music and Arts Foundation


Five Towns Music and Art Foundation is proud of the achievements of our winners. Here are some of the highlights from prior competitions. Click here to view our most recent winners.


Some previous winners:

DMITRY RACHMANOV was our first piano competition winner, over 30 years ago. Dmitry began his studies at Moscow’s Genesins School of Music, earning advanced degrees from the Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music. He has performed in New York at Merkin Hall, 92nd Street Y and Weill Recital Hall of Camegie Hall. In Washington, he has performed at the Kennedy Center and the Phillips Collection and is a Professor of Music at the Manhattan School of Music. In June 1998, he performed an all Russian Program at Merken Hall.

KEVIN SHORT, Bass Baritone, has performed at the Opera Festival in Lawrenceville, New Jersey and the Metropolitan Opera. He is one of six winners of our voice competition performing at the Metropolitan Opera.

AUDRA McDONALD, Singer and Actress, appeared on Broadway in Carousel, Porgey and Bess, Master Class etc. Audra won the Tony nomination for her appearance in Carousel. Audra also starred in the Broadway Musical Ragtime, in the featured role of Sara, for which she was awarded her 3rd Tony. Audra appeared this summer in Music Under the Trees, a Centennial Summer Celebration, part of the Young Performers Series.

JOOHEE CHOI made her Broadway debut in The King and I. Joohee holds a Master Degree from Juilliard School and an undergraduate degree from Seoul University. She played the part of Tuptim, the 4th wife of the King and was a Tony award nominee for her part in The King and I.

ANNE-MARIE McDERMOTT, Pianist, made highly acclaimed recital debuts at the 92nd Street Y, Alice Tully Hall and the Kennedy Center. Winner of many awards, she has appeared with leading American orchestras and chamber music groups. Anne-Marie began to play the piano at age five, and at the age of twelve performed the Mendelssohn Concerto in G Minor at Carnegie Hall. This is her ninth consecutive Newport Festival season and she is a current artist member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

KERRY McDERMOTT, Violinist, has gained recognition for her outstanding performances a a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Kerry is an alumna of Yale University and the Manhattan School of Music and is presently a first violinist with the New York Philharmonic.

MAUREEN McDERMOTT, Cellist, made her New York recital debut in 1987 at Well Recital Hall and since then in performances at Carnegie Hall, the 92nd Street Y, Alice Tully Hall and throughout the United States. A prize winner in numerous competitions, Maureen is a member of the McDermott Trio with her sisters and the cello quartet, CELLO.

ALLEN NAPLAN, Baritone, won the Five Town Music and Art Foundation Young Musicians Opera Competition and was awarded the Richard F. Gold Award in Sarasota, Florida. He has appeared with the Santa Fe, Sarasota, Nashville and Ithaca Opera Companies, the Cincinnati Orchestra, and he has recorded and performed throughout the world. Mr. Naplan has appeared on TV and has a cantorial and oratorical background. Mr. Naplan performed in the Cinnabelle Morris Esterman Holiday Concert at the Hewlett-Woodmere Library on December 6th.

SINEAD MULHERN, Soprano, studied at the Curtis Institute and won the 1998 Five Towns Music and Art Foundation Opera Competition. She is currently studying with Metropolitan Opera star Shirley Verette and spent the summer taking master classes in Italy. Miss Mulhern has a two year contract with the Paris Opera Company.

MICHAEL NIEMANN, Baritone, performed this summer with the summer opera program at Chautauqua. Michael was a finalist in the New York City Opera Company Competition.

MICHAEL GALENTER, Tenor, took part in the International Concert Series at Hofstra University and was a finalist in Five Town Music and Art Foundation Opera Competition.

CHRISTINA KISS, Pianist, returned to the Newport Festival this summer and performed List and Chopin programs in three concerts at Weill Hall of Carnegie Hall.