Nordica Day, August 17, commemorates the date in 1911 when world-renowned diva, and Farmington native, Lillian Nordica, performed for the last time in her home town. In 1972 Maine's Governor Curtis decreed that August 17 would be officially celebrated as Nordica Day. Nordica Day is celebrated in Farmington with a concert performed by the winner of the annual Nordica Scholarship, awarded at the annual auditions by the Maine Chapter of The National Association of Teachers of Singing. It is awarded to a student of classical singing in Maine who aspires to a career in opera. The recital is held in the same auditorium where Madam Nordica sang which now bears her name.
UNFORTUNATELY, DUE TO COVID-19, THE 2020 NORDICA DAY CONCERT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL 2021.
However, short videos of this year's winners, Kaleigh Hunter and Emma Jones are below.