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Polish Singers Alliance
Dedicated to the perpetuation
of Polish culture
Góra Pięśń Polska!
Requirements for Application
District Officials may nominate individuals for the Leokadja Dombroska/Polish Singers Alliance of America Scholarship to the
National Office for review. Preference is given to candidates in vocal, choral or accompaniment studies at the undergraduate or graduate level
who have been active in the Polish community or in promoting Polish music. An award of $1000 is offered to each district.
The Leokadja Dombroska
Polish Singers Alliance of America Scholarship
The District IX 2016-17 awardee is Jakub Jozef Orlinski who participated in the October 2015 Festival of Youth hosted by District IX. He also was a featured soloist at the 1050th Anniversary of Christianity held at St. Patrick Cathedral and coordinated by the Polish Consulate in New York City at which District VII performs. Most notably, he was one of the five awardees of the Metropolitan Opera Competition. Prior to winning the Metropolitan Opera award, the most prestigious vocal competition in the United States, Mr. Orlinski received the 2015 Marcella Kochanska Sembrich International Voice Competition, the Oratorio Society of New York’s 2016 Lyndon Woodside Oratorio-Solo Competition, as well as prizes in Germany, Slovakia, Romania and Poland. A student at Juilliard, he studies with Edith Wiens. His other interests include dance, where he has also placed well in competitions, modeling and acrobatics.
Past Winners: 2015 – Michael Hawk | 2014 – Emily Helenbrook | 2013 – Artur Kapron
The winner of the 2015-16 Leokadja Dombroski/Polish Singers Alliance of America Scholarship for District VII was the new Director of Aria, Joanna Mieleszko A mezzosoprano soloist, Ms. Mieleszko has performed at the Kosciuszko Foundation, Pilsudski Institute, Kurier Plus, Polish-Slavic Center, Merkin Hall, Kaye Playhouse, Symphony Space, St. Patrick's Cathedral, The Brick Church and at yearly Polish festivals in New York and New Jersey. As a professional ensemble singer, she performs under the batons of NYC's finest directors as both soloist and choral scholar. She premiered contemporary works alongside Kronos Quartet at Symphony Space as part of the UN initiative, "Music for a Sustainable Planet" and was an oratorio soloist in Bach's Magnificat and Mozart's Missa Solemnis in New York and New Jersey respectively, and performed the role of Lucy Perez in Hunter Opera Theatre's production of "The Hotel Casablanca." She is currently pursuing Russian, Eastern and Central European studies at Hunter College with a concentration in translation.
To donate towards the Scholarship Fund
please mail to the following:
20 Brookfield Lane #4, Cheektowaga, NY 14227.
Who is Leokadja Dombroska?
Born in Bydgoszcz, Poland and living in South Brooklyn for most of her life, Leokadja Dombroska bequeathed monies to the P.S.A.A. for a scholarship fund, having been a dedicated member of the Jutrzenka Singing Society #226 and serving as their librarian for many years. A person of great joy throughout her 98 years, she had the privilege of meeting Ignacy Paderewski as a young woman. He requested that she sing for him having heard that she had a lovely voice. Too shy to do so, she, nonetheless, dared to ask if he would play for her. He honored her request, specifically for the Moonlight Sonata!
2013 Winner – District IX: Artur Kapron is a gifted accompanist who graduated from McMaster University, received his Masters from University of Western Ontario with a practicum in choral techniques, where he is currently a PhD candidate. He has served as accompanist for Symfonia Choir and is fluent in Polish.
2014 Winner – District IX: Emily Helenbrook, a graduate of the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, has made her mark in the music world having performed with the Rochester and Buffalo Philharmonics, the Ars Nova Chamber Musicians, the Cheektowaga Symphony, the Genesee Symphony Orchestra, the Livermore-Amadore Symphony in California, and performances at the Chautauqua Institute and at Carnegie Hall as one of the winners of the Barry Alexander International Voice Competition. A winner of numerous awards, including the American Prize in Vocal Performance, Emily has been showcased on the CBS Morning Show with Renee Fleming. Emily Helenbrook was one of four vocalists chosen as finalists in the 2017 Getting to Carnegie Voice Competition, which The Huffington Post has called “Carnegie Hall meets America’s Got Talent.” The final round took place on January 11, 2017 at Carnegie Recital Hall, where the audience pronounced Emily the winner.
2015 Winner – District IX: Michael Hawk, a voice major at SUNY Fredonia, has performed with the Nickel City Opera in its world premier performance of the opera, Shot, about the assassination of William McKinley and in Amahl and the Night Visitors. He has also performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra, the Rocky Ridge YAS Orchestra, SUNY Fredonia College Symphony Orchestra, the Western New York Chamber Orchestra, and Linquae Canto, a vocal and language study program in Italy. As a note, Michael’s grandfather changed their name to Hawk from Kozlowski.