2020 Mary Anne King Vocal Scholarship

In the pandemic era, it is vital that we nurture and cultivate the artists of tomorrow that will lead us into the future of performance. The Mary Anne King Vocal Scholarship provides development opportunities to high school-age classical voice students that embody the work Mary Anne did in her life, bringing tenacity, warmth, and an undying love of music to Southern California in their continued efforts as they grow and develop in their craft. 


  • Grand Prize: $500 scholarship to be used at the artist’s discretion to further their music education and a comprehensive classical vocalist library starter pack (valued up to $250);
  • The Grand Prize winner and two additional young artists will be selected to participate in the inaugural season of LOOC’s Virtual Mentorship program with LOOC education staff and guest artists at no cost to the artists;
  • Audience Favorite: a comprehensive classical vocalist library starter pack (valued up to $250).

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The Contestants

Se tu m'ami Alessandro Parisotti

Alexandra Breschini


Mein Herr Marquis Johann Strauss

Alexandra Cook


Tu lo sai Giuseppe Torelli

Autumn Asknaze


Tis the Last Rose of Summer Friedrich von Flowtow

Elise Thompson


The New Suit Marc Blitzstein

Garrett Wilmoth


Alma del core Antonio Caldara

Jayden McConnell


O del mio dolce ardor Christoph Willibald von Gluck

Karina Chang


Zdes’ khorosho Sergei Rachmaninoff

Meriel Klinkner


Beautiful Dreamer Stephen Foster

Zaira Alexander


Mary Anne King, born in 1921, was an educator and accomplished classical pianist. She studied at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester NY and at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. But Mary Anne’s heart led her to a career serving disadvantaged children and she took her degrees in early childhood development at the Wheelock College of Education and Human Development, a division of Boston University.

She was a pioneer in the Head Start program in Watts during the 1960s. There were no pianos, so Mary Anne, undaunted, taught herself the autoharp so that her music would be portable throughout the schools in the system. Her wonderful warmth and talent inspired thousands of children to a lifelong love of music. Her family and friends enjoyed her wit, her intelligence and her beautiful music, ranging from Mozart to Joplin, but most of all her contagious joy in life and her endless loving kindness.

We are proud to dedicate this scholarship fund to Mary Anne’s memory.