Chicago: Marilyn Horne Song Competition Winners Recital

Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series

  • Chicago Cultural Center
Free Admission

Mezzo-soprano Sun-Ly Pierce and pianist Chien-Lin Lu have been selected as the winners of the Music Academy of the West’s 2019 Marilyn Horne Song Competition. This fierce competition is one of the most popular events of the summer season at the Music Academy, in which singers and pianists alike compete to win the Regina Roney cash prize of $5,000 each, a national and international recital tour, career consultations with music career experts, 21C Media Group, and an innovation fund to use towards recital programming and commissioning.

Joining world-renowned concert and opera singer Marilyn Horne as jurors this year were Music Director of the Houston Grand Opera Studio Michael Heaston and composer-in-residence Jennifer Higdon, who has composed the song cycle Wise Moon for the winners to premiere on their tour.

The Song Competition winners’ 2020 recital tour will also include appearances at Hahn Hall at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara (Friday, April 10, 7:30 pm), National Sawdust in New York (Monday, April 13, 7 pm), and LSO St. Luke’s in London (Friday, April 24, 1 pm).

This Chicago recital will be broadcast live by WFMT 98.7 FM and streamed live at

The Music Academy of the West International Marilyn Horne Song Competition Recital Tour is generously supported by Linda Seltzer Yawitz.“Wise Moon” was commissioned by Music Academy of the West with the generous support of Stephen Schaible and Daron Builta.


WOLF Spanisches Liederbuch 

  1. Sagt ihm, dass er zu mir komme
  2. Bedeckt mich mit Blumen
  3. Geh, Geliebter, Geh jetzt

JENNIFER HIGDON Wise Moon (premiere, Music Academy commission)

  1. Under the Harvest Moon
  2. The Moonlight
  3. A Hymn to the Moon
  4. The Night is Still
  5. The Half Moon Shows a Face of Plaintive Sweetness

Ticket Information

 Chicago Cultural Center