On May 11, 2019, The Academy of Vocal Arts held their 2019 Viva la Voce! Gala at The Barnes Foundation. AVA honored Willo Carey and Peter Benoliel with the Distinguished Achievement in the Arts Award for their longtime support. The AVA Board of Directors Outstanding Service Award was presented to Lucinda S. (Cindy) Landreth and Ann R. Stephenson. Guests began the evening with cocktails, as they enjoyed The Barnes' collection of masterpieces or congregated on the terrace with the fireplace going on the chilly spring night before sitting down for dinner, entertainment by the students and the award program.