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Senior Awarded Third Place in National Vocal Competition

October 27, 2008

Joseph Shadday 1 2007.jpgOctober 27, 2008, Greencastle, Ind. - DePauw University senior Joe Shadday was awarded third place in the Young Artist division of the 2008 Charles A. Lynam Vocal Competition. The event took place this weekend at the University of North Carolina - Greensboro. Shadday was selected as one of four singers to go on a tour of China next May.

Shadday, a tenor and student of Caroline B. Smith, performed at last night's winners' concert, presenting "Comfort Ye... Every Valley" from Handel's Messiah, "Phydilé" by Duparc, and "Il mio tesor" from Mozart's Don Giovanni.

DePauw senior Carl Frank, baritone, also competed in Saturday's semi-finals of the Lynam Vocal Competition. Frank, who is also a student of Professor Smith, was the only non-finalist to receive a scholarship and acceptance to Seagle Music Colony for the summer.

East College 2005 4.jpgThe competition's 192 entrants were between 18 and 23 years of age. The majority of the six semi-finalists in the division were either pursuing their master's degree or had already completed the M.M. degree. Judges for both semi-final and final rounds included the artistic director of Seagle Music Colony and Dallas/Fort Worth Opera, artistic director of the apprentice program for Des Moines Opera, conductor of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, artistic director of the North Carolina Opera, and voice professors from the Eastman School of Music.

Both Shadday and Frank have won at state and regional levels of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Auditions and have been hired to sing with the Indianapolis Opera Chorus. Both have been heard in various DePauw Operas and will be starring in the 2009 DePauw Opera production of Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, where Shadday will play the tenor lead, Rinuccio, and Frank will play the title role of Gianni Schicchi.

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