Millikin University

01/12/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/12/2018 20:53

Millikin's Justin Moniz wins American Prize in Vocal Performance

Winner of the 2015 American Prize in Voice - Chicago Musical Theatre Award, Moniz is celebrated for his superb high tenor and commanding stage presence, and has been thrilling audiences in opera houses, theatres and concert halls across the nation. He has had an active career in opera, concert and musical theatre, having sung over 80 roles to date.

A clinician in high demand, Moniz has been invited to present masterclasses and workshops across the United States and Asia. His students have been praised by the media for their ability to bring a veteran performer's assurance and personality to the stage and have gone on to perform on Broadway, national tours and regionally.

An active researcher of the evolving operatic canon and its effect on singer training, Moniz recently represented Millikin at the National Opera Association's National Convention in New Orleans in early January.

'While in New Orleans, I had the privilege to present my research, 'The Changing Face of Opera in America: Musical Theatre on the American Operatic Stage,' which explores the increasing emergence of musicals on opera stages across America, highlighting a significant increase in the genre's programming by nearly 108 percent in recent years,' Moniz said. 'The research was incredibly well received. In addition, I have begun conversations with two publishers, with the hope of publishing a book in the very near future.'

Additionally, Moniz was recently chosen as one of the University of Miami's 30 under 30. Moniz holds a holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. Moniz is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Music in Voice Performance at Florida State University.

'It has been an overwhelming and humbling start to 2018,' Moniz said. 'I was recently informed that I was named one of the University of Miami's 30 Under 30, based on the impact I've made in my profession, the impact I've made in my community, and the impact I've made on the University of Miami. At an institution that has produced countless CEOs, doctors, lawyers, architects, artists, and researchers, I am without words.'