Alumni

Young Naperville Singers

is proud of the accomplishments of our former students — many of whom have continued our mission of spreading excellence in music throughout the world.

We will be highlighting different alumni so be sure to check this page periodically!

The Tamara Wilson Excellence in Music Scholarship

Award-winning opera star and YNS alumna Tamara Wilson has given back to YNS by establishing a generous scholarship program for singers. To earn a scholarship from Ms. Wilson, singers must demonstrate exceptional singing ability and dedication to the craft of singing; they must also earn the recommendation of their YNS Director. Scholarship awards go toward YNS tuition costs for the individual scholarship winners.

Alumni Spotlight

The Alumni Spotlight features YNS alums that have ventured out and made a mark on the world. YNS is proud of its alumni!

Tamara Wilson
Soprano

Tammy Wilson has reached a level of success many young singers only dream about. Growing up with a mother who was a retired choir director and accompanist, Tammy started developing her soprano voice at a very young age.  She joined Young Naperville Singers to continue learning from our accomplished musical experts and further strengthen her singing voice. 

After earning a degree in vocal performance from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, Tammy joined the Young Artist Program at the Houston Grand Opera (HGO). During her time with HGO, she has starred in productions such as Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera, Don Carlos, and Il Trovatore. She soon began performing Verdi, Mozart, Strauss, and Wagner — to critical success — throughout the world.

In 2014, Tammy fulfilled a lifelong dream when she made her debut at the New York Metropolitan Opera, playing the lead role in Aida — a part she had previously performed to critical acclaim at some of the world’s most prestigious opera houses. In 2016, Tammy earned Richard Tucker Music Foundation’s prestigious Richard Tucker Award, an annual prize given to a rising American opera singer on the “threshold of a major international career.”

Today, Tammy is internationally recognized as one of the world’s great opera singers.

Matthew Neylon
Musician

YNS

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