Jazz festival performer wins contest

April 10, 1994|By From Staff Reports

Stephanie Jordan, a jazz singer who has studied classical ballet and African and modern dance, won the 1994 Billie Holiday Vocal Competition at the Walters Art Gallery yesterday.

June Page, who has worked as a teacher and flight attendant, placed second.

Robin Rouse, a musical theater and variety show performer, took third among a field of 14 semifinalists.

Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke launched the competition five years ago on the 75th anniversary of the legendary jazz singer's birth. Clair Zamoiski List, director of the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Art and Culture, said the objective is to commemorate Ms. Holiday's contribution to music and to recognize and support emerging artists from Baltimore and Baltimore County.

Ms. Jordan, who performed at the opening of the Langston Hughes Theater in New York and at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, won a $1,500 first-place prize. As the winner, she will perform at Artscape '94, scheduled for July 15-17.

Ms. Page, who took third place in the competition in 1992, won $1,000. Ms. Rouse won $500. She also was named Best Female Vocalist in the 1992 Baltimore Future Stars Competition.

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