Nine artists will compete for the 2005 Mulitz-Gudelsky Family Rising Star Award. Competitors must be between the ages of 18 and 35 and have spent at least two consecutive years living, working or studying in Howard County. Artists are not allowed to compete two years in a row.
This year's finalists are:
Sara Beck grew up in Ellicott City before moving to Nashville to attend college and pursue a career in country music. She has produced two independent albums.
Michelle E. Beyerle is a senior at Towson University studying dance performance and choreography. She trained as a dancer in Howard County and teaches dance locally.
A.K. Brink is a vocalist who has performed in 20 productions at Toby's Dinner Theatre and in shows at Rep Stage, the Kennedy Center and other theaters. She teaches drama and is a voice-over artist.
Debra Buonaccorsi lives in Columbia and teaches theater, dance, voice and piano in Howard County. She has performed in musicals at Toby's Dinner Theatre, Olney Theatre and Arena Stage and elsewhere in the United States and Europe.
Mark Dubac is a clarinetist who graduated from Atholton High School and the Juilliard School. He is studying with Todd Levy of the Milwaukee Symphony and teaching at the University of Wisconsin's Peck School of the Arts.
Elizabeth Ingber is a pianist who graduated from St. Mary's College of Maryland and moved to Howard County in 1990. She had played in the Howard County Ballet Orchestra, Columbia Orchestra and Chesapeake Chamber Orchestra, among other groups.
Emma Jensen is a vocalist studying at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. She is a member of the Peabody Singers.
Deborah Kristin Moody sang as a student at Wilde Lake High School and in local children's choirs before earning a bachelor's degree in music at Taylor University in Indiana. She is pursuing a master's degree at New England Conservatory in Boston.
Sarah Percival grew up in Elliott City and trained as a dancer locally with Carol Maxwell and the Ballet Royale Academy. She is a junior at North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem.