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Two Seniors are Semi-Finalists in National Vocal Competition

October 7, 2008

carl frank-abduction.jpgOctober 7, 2008, Greencastle, Ind. - Two senior vocal performance majors in the DePauw University School of Music -- Carl Frank, baritone, and Joe Shadday, tenor -- are semi-finalists in the 2008 Charles A. Lynam Vocal Competition. They are among ten singers from around the nation selected to compete in the Young Artist division. Each will perform an operatic aria, an oratorio aria and an art song in German, French or English at the semi-finals, which will take place October 25 at the University of North Carolina - Greensboro. (at left: Frank in The Abduction of Figaro at DePauw; Shadday pictured below right)

A maximum of six finalists will advance to the finals the following day, October 26. Prizes range from a third place award of $1,000 to $3,000 for the first place winner. Winners may also appear with the Greensboro Symphony, win a scholarship to the 2009 Seagle Music Colony, and be among a quartet of singers selected for a 10-to-14 day tour of China.

Frank and Shadday are both students of Caroline B. Smith, professor of voice, and have been heard in numerous performances at DePauw, including Joseph Shadday 1 2007.jpgThe Magic Flute, Die Fledermaus, and The Abduction of Figaro. Outside performances have taken Frank to Bay View Music Festival where he was the lead in Guys and Dolls and the Music Revue. Shadday's summer programs have included leading and secondary roles at Seagle Music Colony 2008 (Snoopy in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" and 1st priest in The Magic Flute), Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi with Musica Lyrica in Italy 2007, and various leading roles while at College Light Opera Company 2006 in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Both students have won at state and regional levels in National Association of Teachers of Singing Auditions and both are currently hired to sing with the Indianapolis Opera Chorus.

"I have had other students audition before but this is the first time DePauw students have been selected to compete at the final rounds," says Professor Smith. "To have two at the same time is indeed fabulous. They are wonderful, talented young men who have excelled here at DePauw. I can't wait to see where the future will take them."

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