Saturday, October 5, 2019, 7:30pm

California State University Long Beach

Daniel Recital Hall at the
Bob Cole Conservatory of Music (BCCM)

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Mezzo-soprano Erin Alford, NATS-LA's 2019 Young Artist of the Year, returns to her alma mater to present a recital with collaborative pianist Clara Cheng Stosch. In this exploration of love, Erin juxtaposes Schumann's eminent Frauenliebe und leben, against works solely by female composers from the Baroque era to the 21st century. The title of this recital was inspired by Libby Larsen's notes on her cycle Love After 1950, where in comparing her work to Schumann's, she hilariously claimed her cycle was more, "Frau: Love 'em and Leave 'em."

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Erin Alford

NATS-LAs Young Artist 1st Place Winner, 2019

Mezzo-soprano Erin Alford has been praised on the operatic stage for her “church-bell-clear voice.”  In the 2019-20 season, Erin will sing the role of Nurse/A&R Rep in Orpheus with LA Opera Connects and join the LA Opera Chorus for La Bohème, Eurydice (world-premiere), and Roberto Devereux. Previously with LA Opera, Erin has sung the role of Angela in a touring Education production of The Wreck of the Miranda, stepped in as SATB Quartet for Moses (world-premiere), and has performed in two mainstage operas with the LA Opera Chorus. Favorite roles performed include Madame de Croissy in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites (CSULB Opera 2019), Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte (Teatro Nuovo 2018), Sister Helen Prejean in Dead Man Walking (South Florida premiere, Miami Music Festival 2017), the title role in Chérubin (CSULB Opera 2017), Rebecca Nurse in The Crucible (MMF 2016), and Laura in Iolanta (Russian Opera Workshop 2015). Equally comfortable on the concert stage, Erin has sung Ravel’s Shéhérazade with the BCCM Symphony as winner of the 2017 Vocal Concerto Competition, as well as Alto Soloist in Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Bach’s Magnificat and Bach’s B Minor Mass.  Erin received her Master of Music in Opera Performance from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSULB in 2017, where she presented Jake Heggie’s Camille Claudel: Into the Fire with string quartet at her graduate recital with the composer in attendance, and eventually, joining her at the piano.  Erin received her Bachelor of Art in Music from UC Berkeley and continues to study privately with Shigemi Matsumoto. 

Dr. Clara Cheng Stosch

A native of Taiwan, collaborative pianist Clara Cheng Stosch has worked extensively in recitals, master classes and studios with renowned musicians, including pianists Malcolm Martineau, Martin Katz, Warren Jones, Michael Boyd, and Walter Ponce, violinists Cho-Liang Lin, William Fitzpatrick, Kurt Sassmannhaus, Paul Kantor, Mark Kaplan and Earl Carlyss, violists Donald McInnes and Robert Becker, tenor Robert White, baritone Vladimir Chernov, bass Eric Halfvarson, soprano HaeJi Chang, among others. She has performed both solo repertory and chamber music in prestigious venues such as Soka Performing Arts Center, Zipper Hall in Los Angeles, Irvine Barclay Theater, and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City, as well as international venues in Italy, Japan and Taiwan. Cheng has performed as a soloist with the Holland Symphony Orchestra in Michigan, and Bob Cole Symphony Orchestra in Long Beach. She was also a guest artist at the Piano Festival at The University of Tennessee in Chattanooga in spring of 2018. Cheng is a recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, including first prize from the Benno Rubiny Competition, Gluck Fellowship, and the Gwendolyn Koldofsky Scholarship.

A much sought-after collaborative pianist in Southern California, Cheng currently serves as the vocal coach at Fullerton College, faculty pianist at Chapman University, and opera coach at California State University in Long Beach. She has served on the faculty of the Art Song Festival in Toledo, Ohio, and Idyllwild Summer Arts Programs in California as faculty and joined the faculty of OperaWorks

Cheng was invited to Aspen Opera Theater Center in summers of 2009 and 2010 as a fellowship coach where she worked with prominent figures such as soprano Dawn Upshaw, and stage directors Edward Berkeley and Garnett Bruce. Cheng also participated in the Music Academy of the West 2007 as a collaborative piano fellow.  Cheng joined Operafestival di Roma repeatedly as a vocal coach and recital pianist, in which she worked closely with sopranos Elizabeth Dodd and Beverly Hay in preparing young participants for public performances in central Rome.

Cheng received her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Keyboard Collaborative Arts from University of Southern California, Master of Music in Collaborative Piano from The Juilliard school, and Bachelor of Music from University of California in Los Angeles. Teachers with whom she studied include pianists Dr. Alan Smith, Jonathan Feldman, Brian Zeger, Margo Garrett, and Walter Ponce. 




The purpose of the Young Artist Auditions of the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS-LA), Gwendolyn Roberts Young Artists Auditions, is to select those singers whose artistry and ability indicate that they are ready for a professional career.  The winner will demonstrate exceptional artistry and ability which include differentiation of musical style and languages, vocal and physical expressivity that sets them apart from their peers.


First: $1,500 Scholarship Award: Certificate of Award; and a “Young Artist of the Year” public showcase recital sponsored by NATS-LA Chapter.

Second: $500 Scholarship Award; Certificate of Award.

Third: $300 Scholarship Award; Certificate of Award.

In addition to the above, all award winners will participate in a masterclass with Nino Sanikidze of Los Angeles Opera. This masterclass will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at Biola University Conservatory of Music at 3PM-5PM. A pianist will be provided for the masterclass only.


  1. Singers who are masters and/or post-graduate students prepared to enter the professional world of singing. (Teachers making this determination are acting in good faith that the singer is capable of presenting a full art song recital.  Often the winners go on to compete in the NATSAA and Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.)

  2. The age limit is 22-35.  Singers must be no younger than 22 nor older than 35 on the audition date.

  3. Singers must be studying with a member in good standing of the NATS-LA Chapter for not less than eight months preceding the recital.

  4. Singers must be a resident of the area covered by the NATS-LA Chapter.

  5. The singer must provide his/her own accompanist at his/her own expense.


Time and Location: TBA 2020

How to Apply:

  1. Complete application using the button directly above. 

  2. The application must be postmarked or e-mailed by Saturday, March 30, 2019.

  3. In addition to the completed application form, applicants must enclose the following:*

    1. A non-refundable fee of $30.00 made payable to: NATS-LA

    2. Five (5) typewritten copies of your recital program proposal, clearly specifying which songs have been selected for audition purposes. Please include the composer and time duration of each piece. The contestant’s name must not appear on the program.

* Please see “Program Requirements” below.  Failure to include the correct information may disqualify you from these Auditions.

Adjudication: (please read the following carefully)

  1. Three to five judges of the highest caliber will be provided.  Written comments will be mailed to the teacher.

  2. Judges may not have students competing in the audition.

  3. Contestants will open with a song of their own choice not to exceed five minutes in length. Judges will request further selections. Total singing time will not be longer than 15 minutes

  4. Contestants will be known by a designated number or letter.  Teachers may not be accompanists for their own students.

  5. Winners will be announced at the conclusion of the auditions.  All awards will be presented at the masterclass.

  6. It is the judges’ prerogative to determine which awards will be given.  If singers are not deemed accomplished enough, the award(s) may not be granted.  All decisions of the judges are final.

  7. 2nd & 3rd Place awards will be presented at the Winners’ Master Class and the 1st Place award will be presented at the Winner’s Recital in September.

YAA Repertoire/Program Requirements

  1. Contestant shall submit a recital program proposal of 50-60 minutes of music.

  2. Contestant shall select 30 minutes of music from the above recital program proposal, at least one song from each category to be offered at the audition.  The selected songs to be used for the audition should be clearly marked on the recital program proposal.  

  3. Contestant must be prepared to sing their chosen songs from memory.

  4. Contestant should retain a copy of recital program proposal and selected audition songs. 

  5. If a contestant is a repeat applicant, at least 25 minutes of new repertoire must be included on the recital program proposal.

At least two to five (2-5) songs from each of the following categories are required:

  1. Baroque and Classical Airs (at least one in Italian):  Bach, Byrd, Cavalli, Cesti, Dowland, Gluck, Handel, Haydn, Lully, Monteverdi, Mozart, Paisiello, Pergolesi, Purcell, Rameau, Scarlatti, etc.

  2. Lieder (in German): Beethoven, Berg, Brahms, Cornelius, Hindemith, Loewe, Mahler, Schönberg, Schubert, Schumann, Strauss, Webern, Wolf, etc.

  3. French or other National Art Songs:  Bartok, Bizet, Caplet, Chabrier, Chausson, Chopin, Dallapiccola, Debussy, Duparc, Dvorak, Falla, Fauré, Ginastera, Gounod, Granados, Gretchaninoff, Hahn, Honegger, Malipiero, Martin, Messiaen, Milhaud, Mompou, Mussorgsky, Petrassi, Poulenc, Prokofiev, Respighi, Ravel, Rachminonff, Rousse, Satie, Szymanowski, Tchaikowsky, Turina, Villa-Lobos, etc.

  4. English and American Art Songs: (at least one American song required) Barber, Britten, Carter, Cipullo, Copland, Diamond, Heggie, Holst, Ives, Larsen, Laitman, Musto, Pasatieri, Rorem, Thomson, Tippett, etc.

In addition to the above song literature, contestants may include one opera aria outside of the Baroque/Classical category. 


Accompanists may use photo copies of music, but the lawful editions (hard copy) of each song must be AT HAND at the piano. Music may also be lawfully purchased online, but it must have singer’s name showing ownership on the cover/certificate page or at the bottom of the page showing legal purchase. Please contact the YAA Chair if you have questions.

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