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Senior Competes in Finals of National Vocal Competition This Weekend

January 9, 2009

Joseph Shadday 1 2007.jpgJanuary 9, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — DePauw University senior Joseph Shadday will be one of six vocalists to compete in tomorrow's national finals of the National Opera Association (NOA) Young Artist Division competition. Shadday, a vocal performance major in the DePauw School of Music will sing "Una furtiva lagrima" today at the Martina Arroyo Master Class in Washington, D.C., and then perform that aria and others in tomorrow's national finals, which are part of the NOA convention.

A student of professor Caroline Smith, Shadday was selected from a blind first-round taped audition.The national finalists are required to prepare five arias representing at least three different languages and various styles. Shadday will offer arias from Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’amore, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Bolcom’s A View From a Bridge and Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia.

The winner will receive a $2,000 cash prize. The competition will be juried by some of the top performers, directors and conductors in the profession.Shadday_Joseph.jpg

"Joe’s continued success is a true testament to this young man’s talent and potential," says Professor Smith. "Although he will most likely be one of the younger ones in this division, it speaks volumes that he was selected for this most prestigious competition. I am so very proud of him.”

Shaddday has performed leading tenor roles for DePauw Opera all four of his years as an undergraduate, including Rinuccio in this spring’s production of Gianni Schicchi. Other roles include leads in Der Fledermaus, Die Zauberflöte and The Abduction of Figaro. Shadday’s summer programs have included leading and secondary roles at Seagle Music Colony 2008 (Snoopy in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; 1st Priest in Die Zauberflöte), 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. He has been asked to return to Seagle for summer 2009 where he will sing the tenor lead in La Cennerentola.

Green Center 2008 Snow 1.jpgThe tenor has won at both state and regional levels in National Association of Teachers of Singing Auditions and captured the "Most Promising" regional award for undergraduates.

Shadday also recently received third place in the Lynam Vocal Competition, and in the fall he was hired to sing with the Indianapolis Opera Chorus.

Founded in 1884, the DePauw University School of Music is one of the oldest in the nation and has an established tradition of educating leaders in virtually every facet of music, including performers, educators, composers and administrators. Learn more here.

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