Igor Gorin Memorial Award

Jacqueline Piccolino announced as the 2017 Recipient  

Jacqueline PiccolinoThe Igor  Gorin Memorial Award announces Jacqueline Piccolino as the recipient of the 2017 Award. Ms. Piccolino, an Italian-American soprano, hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as having “impeccable technique and stage presence” and a recent San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow, made her San Francisco Opera debut in the summer of 2013 as Stella in Les Contes d’Hoffmann.

The Igor Gorin Memorial Award was established in 1987 by Mary Gorin as a fitting way to honor the memory of her husband, Igor Gorin, a world-renowned opera singer.  This unrestricted award is given out once a year to help aspiring opera singers with expenses associated with hiring accompanists and coaches, and auditioning as they transition from school into professional careers.

“I am proud of my achievements thus far as a singer.  I know my successes have been a result of not only my tireless efforts to hone my craft, but also all the gracious financial and developmental support I’ve received,” said Jacqueline Piccolino. She appreciates the impact that an award like this can make in her life as a singer.  “I want to share my art and passion for singing opera, and I know this award will help free me of the financial burden that often hinders young artists at the onset of their careers.”

Held at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, this Fund has awarded $286,300 to 43 individual young artists since 1993.  Today,  the Igor Gorin Memorial Award is one of the most prestigious and generous awards of its kind in the country.

Cynthia Haymon, Piccolino’s vocal instructor at the University of Illinois, was elated to learn of Piccolino’s selection. “She is a hard-working, sincere young artist, an outstanding person,” she said. “[This] award, along with Jacque’s wonderful gift, will allow this talented young artist to take advantage of all of the  cultural and musical components which develops a refined, great, artist of distinction.”

More information about her can be found on her website at www.jacquelinepiccolino.com. For specific information on the Igor Gorin Memorial Award, please contact Andrea Carmichael at (520) 447-8927.

Additional information on the Award

Igor Gorin

Mr. Gorin was a Russian refugee who, in the late 1920’s, escaped to Vienna before immigrating to the United States. His star began to rise as a member of the Czechoslovakian Opera Company. Later, he was invited to the United States by a synagogue in Providence, Rhode Island where he assumed cantorial duties.  This was the beginning of a spectacular career in radio, film, stage and television.

Earning a reputation as the “Prince of Baritones,” Igor Gorin’s career spanned the 1930’s through the 1960’s. During WWII, he gave more of his time and talent entertaining the troops than anyone in Hollywood.  He had a personal motivation, as his father, brother and sister were in Auschwitz and Igor desperately wanted to see them freed.  Singing to the troops, he later said, was his way of saying “thank you.”

Igor and Mary Gorin retired to Tucson in 1965. Before long, then University of Arizona President Richard Harvill invited Igor to begin a second career teaching opera at the university. In working with the next generation of voices, Igor was reminded of his own early struggles to survive and launch his career.


Previous Recipients

2016 Julie Adams

2015  Calvin Griffin

2014  Chris Carr

2013 Ryan Kuster

2012 Ryan Belongie, Yunnie Park

2011 Eugene Chan, Tammi Huber, Robyn Rocklein

2009 Kaitlin Bertenshaw, Tammi Huber, Seth Kershisnik, Robyn Rocklein, Dennis Tamblyn

2007 Kara Harris, Tammi Huber, Priya Palekar

2006 Deana Mireau, Christina Pier, Vanessa Salaz, April Wilde

2004 Michael Cavalieri, Priya Palekar, Chrstina Pier, Vanessa Salaz

2003 Deana Mireau, Vanessa Salaz, Todd Strange

2002 Jesus Aguirre, Jessica Deardorff, Chad Miller, Deana Mireau, Amanda Polychronis, Vanessa Salaz, Todd Strange

2001 Ilse Apestegui, Yoo Ri Clark, Jennifer Anne Cooper, Chad Miller, Vanessa Salaz

2000 Yoo Ri Clark, Deana Mireau, Vanessa Salaz

1999 Tania Beasley, Jennifer Anne Cooper, Emil Dorian Cristescu, Regina Felsing, Bridgett Hooks, Elizabeth Miller Wesley, Ralph Daniel Rawe

1998 Jennifer Anne Cooper, Bridgett Hooks, Herbert Perry, Wendi Washington-Hunt

1997 Julianne Best, Emily Dorian Cristescu, Jennifer Anne Cooper, Wendi Washington-Hunt

1996 Jennifer Anne Cooper, Karol Kazarian, Eugene Perry

1995 Donna Ames, Emily Dorian Cristescu, Korby Myrick

1994 Emily Dorian Cristescu

1993 Donna Ames, Mark Anderson, Bridgett Hooks

To learn more, please contact Andrea Carmichael at acarmichael@cfsaz.org  or (520)770-0800 Ext. 7129.