High School Competitions

Each year St. Petersburg Opera Guild, in conjunction with St. Petersburg Opera, holds a high school vocal competition with financial scholarships awarded to the talented winners.

In 2021 the St. Petersburg Opera Guild celebrated our 50th anniversary of supporting young artists through our Annual Vocal Competitions; and what a competition it was. Totally virtual!

Participants, judges and Guild supporters learned how to develop the skills for adjusting to the change in format…and they each performed their roles exceptionally. To refresh your memory of the finalists, scroll below for access to their bios.

2023 High School Competition Winners

First Place: Addyson Reese
Palm Harbor High School

Second Place: Alana Hogan
PCCA/Gibbs High School

Third Place: Xander McColley Blake High School

Honorable Mention: Katherine Livingston, Home Schooled
Honorable Mention: Emilee Scott, Palm Harbor High School

2022 High School Competition Winners

Honorable Mentions: Sahara Seifried and Delaney Stewart

2021 High School Competition Winners

First Place Isabella Ruano

Second Place Kaia Owens

Third Place Sahara Seifried

Honorable Mention Sarah Langdon

Honorable Mention Lindsey Fabian

All High School Competition Winners Since Inception

2023 Addyson Reese Palm Harbor
2022 Kaia Owens Tampa Prep
2021 Isabella Ruano Academy of Holy
2020 Nicole de Pasquale Bell Creek Academy
2019 Victoria Huerta Academy of Holy Names
2018 Mackensie Prince Newsome
2017 Sarah Johnson Largo
2016 Lindsey Collins Palm Harbor Univ.HS
2015 Lillian Kraack Newsome
2014 Rachel Steinbacher Bloomingdale
2013 Maiya Stevenson Gibbs PCCA
2012 Kaylee Strickland  Newsome, Tampa
2011 Jasmine Galvez School of Immaculata
2010 Kyle Enriquez Gibbs PCCA
2009 Emily Barnash. St. Pete Catholic
2008 No competition
2007 No competition
2006 Kyle Gee Gibbs PCCA
2005 Jenna Siladle. Northside Christian
2004 Michael Leibring Shorecrest
2003 Kevin Brown Gibbs PCCA
2002 Naomi Ardjimand-Kermani Tarpon Springs
2001 Jamison Lindenberg Gibbs PCCA
2000 Kyle Sherer Dunedin
1999 Kelvin Fisher. Gibbs PCAA
1998 Brian Stajkowski Gibbs PCCA
1997 Michelle Escuder Gibbs PCCA
1996 Dean Muchmore
1996 Maxie-Madelynn Wood
1995 Shawn McCoy. Gibbs PCCA
1995 Danielle Grabianowski Clearwater
1994 Alexander Ameen Gibbs PCCA
1994 Annie Lee Moffett Gibbs PCCA
1993 Kathryn Tally Pinellas Park
1992 Kristin Kaleel Northside Christian
1991 Lea Lanier Gibbs PCCA
1990 Alyma Dorsey Dunedin
1989 Marci Daniels. Gibbs PCCA
1988 Daniel Spiegel Northeast
1987 Neal F. Fischer Gibbs PCCA
1986 Thomas Gibbs, Jr Dunedin
1985 Ruth Bates Boca Ciega
1984 Coral L. Grant Tarpon Springs
1983 Tonya Quillen. St. Petersburg
1982 Daniel Ward Boca Ciega
1981 Jessica Colley Bradenton
1980 John Burroughs. Dunedin
1979 David King. Clearwater
1978 Dawn Wisner Lakewood
1977 Melinda Love. Clearwater
1976 Janet Lynn Hall Seminole
1975 Linda Arnold. Seminole
1975 Rita Lilly Northeast
1974 Gary Springer Lakewood
1973 Victoria Martin Dixie Hollins
1972 Paul Rowe Northeast
1971 Steven Sweet Boca Ciega
1970 Thomas Drick Boca Ciega