The Schmidt Foundation continues to expand its educational reach

The Schmidt Foundation continues to expand its educational vision by sponsoring new competitions in Minnesota and Tennessee in 2018-19. The Foundation has also increased scholarship support for the third annual Schmidt Vocal Institute in the summer of 2018 where students will be able to study with master teachers including Metropolitan Opera baritone Nathan Gunn, coach Julie Gunn from the University of Illinois, Grammy Award-winning soprano Sylvia McNair, and Brian Zeger from The Juilliard School. In 2019, the Foundation will be launching a new website that documents master classes with our famed adjudicators working with young singers with the hope that this site will become an invaluable resource for singers and teachers of singing.  The launch of will be in the summer of 2019.


2006 Schmidt Winner wins the National Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions

Reginald Smith, Jr. is an Atlanta native, was chosen as one of five winners of the 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.  He is currently a member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio. Mr. Smith has given performances of Falstaff (Falstaff), La Traviata (Germont), Porgy and Bess (Jake/Frazier), Romeo et Juliette (Capulet/Le Duke), The Magic Flute (Speaker), Die Fledermaus (Dr. Falke/Dr.Blind), La Boheme (Colline), Le Nozze di Figaro (Figaro/Antonio), Mikado (Mikado), Pirates of Penzance (Pirate King), River of Time (Billy), and Amahl and the Night Visitors (Balthazar).He has participated in summer music programs, including Opera Theater of St. Louis, The American Institute of Musical Studies Program in Graz, Austria, Lyric Opera Studio of Weimar in Weimar, Germany, the Premiering Sydney Program in Sydney, Australia, Intermezzo Young Artist Program, Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Center and Seagle Music Colony. He has performed with several orchestras including the Cincinnati Pops, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, the Johnson City Symphony and the Evansville Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Smith has been an award recipient in many competitions including the George London Foundation Competition, the Dallas Opera Guild Competition, and he has won the Grand Prize for the Orpheus Competition. In 2012 Mr. Smith won First Place in the National Opera Association Competition Scholarship Division, and he won Second Place in the Central Regional Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. In 2011 Mr. Smith received the “Best Stage Presence” award and third place in the Metropolitan Opera Mid-South Regional Auditions. This past season with the Houston Grand Opera, Mr. Smith performed in Die Fledermaus (Dr. Blind), Rigoletto (Marullo) and Carmen (Dancaïre). Mr. Smith will be seen in performances of Mozart’s The Magic Flute (Speaker) with Houston Grand Opera during the 2014-2015 season.


The William E. Schmidt Foundation

As part of its mission the William E. Schmidt Foundation provides support and encouragement to youth in the arts.  Annually the Foundation provides scholarships and support to over one hundred and fifty students in the arts.  The William E. Schmidt Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, disability, or sexual orientation in any of its activities or operations.

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