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School of Music Vocal Students Take 6 Top Statewide Awards

School of Music Vocal Students Take 6 Top Statewide Awards

April 5, 2004

April 5, 2004, Greencastle, Ind. - Students in the DePauw University School of Music brought home six first place awards, three second place citations, and an honorable mention at the National Association of Teachers of Singing's (NATS) Indiana Statewide Competition, which took place over the weekend at Anderson University. NATS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging the highest standards of singing through excellence in teaching and the promotion of vocal education and research. With over 5,000 members in the United States, Canada, and more than 25 other countries, it is the largest association of teachers of singing in the world.

DePauw's winners were:

  • First Year College Women: Julia MacDonald (student of Caroline Smith)
  • First Year College Men: Kyle Aberle (student of Caroline Smith)
  • Second Year College Women: Katherine Wright (student of Caroline Smith)
  • Third Year College Women: Linden Christ (student of Vergene Miller)
  • Fourth Year College Women: Stephanie Harris (student of Vergene Miller)
  • Fourth Year College Men: Eric Carter (student of Caroline Smith)

Second Place awards went to:

  • Second Year College Men: Nick Nesbitt (student of Vergene Miller)
  • Musical Theatre First & Second Year College Men & Women: Katie Daniel (student of Barbara Paré)
  • Musical Theatre Third & Fourth Year College Men & Women: Michelle Coduti (student of Caroline Smith)

Honorable Mention:

  • Musical Theatre First & Second Yr College Men & Women: Steven Linville (student of Caroline Smith)

DePauw vocalists also made strong showings at two recent national competitions. At the annual Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) competition held in Kansas City, Missouri on March 29, senior music major Stephanie Harris received the 3rd Place award in the Young Artist category. A student of Professor Vergene Miller, Stephanie had previously won the East Central Division competition, and was competing against the winners of five other divisions throughout the United States.

Junior performance major Amy Hayes was awarded 2nd Place in the student division of The Orpheus National Music Competition for Vocalists, held in Tennessee. Hayes, a soprano and student of Professor Caroline Smith, advanced through three preliminary rounds before being chosen to compete against both graduate and undergraduate students from music schools throughout the country for this coveted award.

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