Past Recipients

Alicia Rosser
2015-2016 recipient
Maryland-born soprano ALICIA ROSSER is the second of four children, none of which are musicians and all of which are males. Alicia has always held an appreciation and love for the performing arts. The beginning of her musical exposure can be traced back to early ballet classes, where she heard classical music for the first time.

Alicia merely participated in school choirs until middle school, when classical music “curtsied and said ‘How do you do?’” Under the wing of a very encouraging choral director, she began to sing solos and folk songs and briefly studied piano. She enjoyed it immensely, soon joining the county choral ensembles.

When it was time to advance to high school, her beloved teacher insisted that she attend the public, performing arts high school. The school was in a dangerous and urban community and many people did not support her decision or understand her reasons for going. According to Alicia “the school was not exactly rewarding except in that it exposed me to the world of classical music.”

In high school, Alicia loved the summers because of her time at Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI) and Washington National Opera Institute. “I fell in love with singing and opera at Tanglewood. I can literally recall the rehearsal in which I decided I was going to try and have a singing career.”

Although Alicia has a mild reading disability, she has always been a very studious person. She applied to a total of eleven colleges and conservatories and Eastman was “instinctively” the place to go.

“Eastman embodies all that I love about music and people. I have grown so much in my short time here.” Alicia is a proud recipient of the William Warfield Scholarship and studies voice with Robert McIver.

Joel Dyson
2012-2014 recipient
Nominated by the Voice & Opera department to be the 2012-13 and 2013-2014 Warfield Scholarship recipient, Joel Dyson was a sophomore voice performance major. She was also a student of Robert McIver. Joel was born and raised in New Orleans and attended Xavier University Preparatory High School. Her early training was at NOCCA (New Orleans Center for Creative Arts). Joel’s high school experience included performances at NOCCA, the Walnut Hill Summer Opera Program, Kennedy Center (Millennium Stage), Washington National Opera Institute, and the Classical Singer Vocal Competition (regional finalist).

Jamal Michael Moore
2010-2012 recipient
Bass-Baritone Jamal Moore is from Augusta, Georgia where he participated in various performance ensembles and churches throughout the city. His musical history stretches mainly from the walls of his former chorus room at Davidson Fine Arts Magnet High School under the direction of Dr. James Dunaway and his voice teacher Patti Myers. In 2008, he held the title of State Champion for Boys Solo Region 3-AAA. Jamal studied with Professor Jan Opalach and through the hard work of himself and his teacher, Jamal received the freshman jury award, was invited to sing for the Gateways Music Festival in Rochester, NY, and was cast as Buff in the 2010 winter production of Mozart�s The Impressario. Jamal hopes to one day follow in the footsteps of great singers like William Warfield.

Julia Allyson Bullock
2007-2009 recipient
Soprano and native to St. Louis, Julia Allyson Bullock graduated from John Burroughs High School in 2005 where she was actively involved in drama, dance, the fine arts and musical theater. She participated in the Artists in Training (AIT) program with Opera Theater of St. Louis (2003-05), leaving the program receiving the Marielle Huber Award. Accepted to Eastman School of Music with a Howard Hanson Scholarship, among others, she is currently a junior and studies with Carol Webber. At Eastman, she is a member of the Eastman Chorale. Upon joining Actors Equity, she has returned home in the summers to be in the MUNY’s productions of Beauty and the Beast (2005), Singin’ in the Rain (2005), and Oklahoma (2007). Her favorite roles include Eliza (My Fair Lady), Scarecrow (The Wizard of Oz), and Laurey (Oklahoma).

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Jason Holmes
2006-2007 recipient
Originally from Ridgeway, VA, Jason Holmes, baritone was a senior at the Eastman School of Music, where he was a double major in music education and vocal performance. Jason studied voice with Dr. Constance Haas. He has performed in recital, opera, and oratorio. In addition to singing and accompanying, Jason has appeared as conductor with the Eastman Women’s Chorus and in the annual Messiah Sing, sponsored by the Eastman student chapter of the American Choral Director’s Association. Jason was also an active musician in Rochester outside the Eastman community. He was a church soloist and pianist, has been involved in community theatre, and has been choral rehearsal accompanist and a chorus member for the Mercury Opera Rochester. Also with Mercury Opera Rochester, he performed his first operatic role, in Puccini’s Madame Butterfly. For the 2006-2007 season, he was the Artistic Director Intern for the Amadeus Chorale.

Carl Franklin DuPont Jr.
2004-2005 & 2005-2006 recipient
A native of Daytona Beach Florida, Carl was a senior in the studio of Mr. Robert Swensen. As a member of Eastman Opera Theater, Carl performed as the Narrator in that season’s East and West, Elder McClean in Susannah, and he debuted as Anthony Hope in Sweeney Todd. As a concert artist he was engaged by the Bel Canto Singers to sing the bass solo in Handel�s Messiah in his native town, sang the bass solo in Christ lad in Todesbanden in Kilbourn hall, and made his concert debut as a freshman singing the bass solo to Schubert’s Mass in G with the Eastman Philharmonia.

Jennifer Daise
2003-2004 recipient
Jennifer Daise, soprano, is was a senior at the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Rita Shane. She has performed as Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music and as a principal soloist in Godspell. During the summer of 2000, Jennifer took part in Operafest di Roma in Rome, Italy, where she sang in the chorus for Mozart’s The Magic Flute and sang in recitals in the city. While at Eastman she was a soloist for the Eastman Chorale and performed the roles of Euridice in Offenbach’ s Orpheus in the Underworld and The Female Chorus in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia for the Eastman Opera Theater’.s opera scenes. She was the soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Brockport Symphony Orchestra and the Cathedral Choir School.

Christina Gill
2002-2003 recipient
Mezzo soprano, Christina Gill, was a Rochester native, and was a senior at the Eastman School of Music, where she studied voice with Robert McIver. She was been seen in operas, oratorios, and in recital throughout her Eastman career, Ms. Gill was very grateful to have received the William Warfield Scholarship.

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