The Blues Alley Jazz Society is proud to announce the winner of the 3rd annual Ella Fitzgerald Competition is Melinda Rodriguez of Miami, Florida. She is a three-time Downbeat Music Award winner, currently serves as a teaching artist at the University of Illinois and is pursuing a masters degree in performance. When asked to comment about the competition Ms. Rodriguez stated, “This experience has been nothing short of wonderful and I will cherish it forever”.
Of the five finalists the second-place winner was Emilia Zamuner of Naples, Italy who received a cash award of Five hundred dollars ($500.00). The third-place winners were Ella Honhen-Ford (London, England), Arta Jekabsone (Riga, Latvia) and Emma Hedrick (Carmel, Indiana). All five contestants received varying cash awards, lodging, hospitality and transportation for their stay in our Nation’s Capital. The 4th annual Ella Fitzgerald Competition will take place between April 24th-26th, 2020: Additional details can be found at www.EllaFitzgeraldCompetition.org