A native of California, Harmer has been a member of the Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera and the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera. She has already given her New York recital debut, with the Marilyn Horne Foundation, and she won the George London/Leonie Rysanek Award in 2005.
The $10,000 second prize went to mezzo-soprano Abigail Nims, soprano Rachele Gilmore received the $5,000 third prize, and soprano Caitlin Lynch was given the Lendon Todd Munday Encouragement Award of $2,000. The remaining fourteen finalists were awarded $250 each.
The competition finals were held in Engleman Recital Hall at Baruch College in New York City on Saturday, May 19.
The Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Foundation, based in North Carolina, was founded to foster the development of young opera and classical singers; its annual competition for young singers, the centerpiece of its activities, was launched in New York in 2000. More information about the Foundation and its programs is available at www.jensenfoundation.org.