Bragging Rights: Mason Vocal Students Win at Virginia State Voice Competition

Posted: March 22, 2010 at 8:14 am

By Catherine Ferraro

George Mason University’s School of Music Vocal Studies Program was well represented at the 2010 National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Virginia State Conference and Vocal Competition.

Twenty-six students placed or received honors at the conference, which took place at Virginia Commonwealth University earlier this month. Seven of the winners received recognition in their vocal categories, which ranged from the freshman level to graduate and continuing education levels.

The Mason students study in the voice studios of Patricia Miller, University Professor of Music and director of the vocal studies program; Kathryn Hearden, voice and vocal studies faculty member; Rick Novak, voice faculty member; and Debby Wenner, voice faculty member.

First place winners are

Jonathan Champ (College Freshmen Men)

Emma McDermott (College Sophomore Women)

Mia Rojas (College Junior Women)

Ann Marie White (College Junior Women)

Clifton Ogea (Advanced College Men)

Second place winners are

Elizabeth Officer (College Freshmen Women)

Kathryn Merryman (College Freshmen Women and Freshmen/Sophomore Women Musical Theater)

Andrew Coleman (College Freshmen Men)

Kenneth Washington (College Freshmen Men)

Ayana Reed (College Sophomore Women)

Carolyn Clymer (College Sophomore Women)

Briona Jackson (College Sophomore Women)

Danielle Dean (College Junior Women)

Natalie Naudus (College Junior Women)

Tiera Furby (College Senior Women)

Brandon Showell (Freshmen/Sophomore Men Musical Theater)

Third place winners are

Darrick Speller (College Sophomore Men)

Stephanie Edewaard (College Junior Women)

Jessica Kohls (Junior/Senior Women Musical Theater)

The following students received honors:

Brandon Showell (College Freshmen Men)

Simone Sattler (College Junior Women)

Rebecca Harney (College Junior Women)

Anna Patterson (College Junior Women)

Latham Gunn (College Senior Men)

Ronnie Bell (College Senior Men)

Nichole Dalusung (Advanced College Women)

These students are eligible to participate in the NATS Mid-Atlantic Regional Voice Competition at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C., April 9–10.

Founded in 1944, the National Association of Teachers of Singing is the largest association of teachers of singing in the world and boasts more than 6,500 members in the United States, Canada and more than 25 other countries around the world.

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