Young American baritone Timothy Renner has been named a winner of the Mario Lanza Institute Scholarship for 2015–16. In the summer of 2015 he debuted at the Ravinia Festival performing five Romances by Rachmaninov with Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute’s Program for Singers in their first concert of the season. He was also a participant in Sugar Creek Opera’s young artist program performing Die Zauberflöte. On the verge of an important operatic career and a native of Northern Virginia, Timothy will be singing his first Germont in Verdi’s La Traviata with Opera Columbus in 2016, as well as Alidoro in La Cenerentola at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina. Recent concert performances include Carmina Burana and Fantasia on Christmas Carols with the Eastern Symphony Orchestra at Eastern Illinois University, and the bass soloist in the St. Matthew Passion with the Sinfonia da Camera. Currently, Timothy is completing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in vocal performance and literature at the University of Illinois, where he studied with tenor Jerold Siena.