Vocal Students Bring Pride to University Through Competition Wins

Posted: May 20, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Michelle Nery

Vocal students of Music Professor Patricia Miller and Adjunct Professor Kathryn Hearden made impressive showings again this year at the State and Mid-Atlantic Regionals (NATS) Vocal Competitions at the Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester.

Nine students brought home first-place and honors awards at the state competition in March and all were invited to compete at the Mid-Atlantic Regional competition in April. Each student received excellent and superior scores from the judges, and graduate performance vocal student, Ian Lane, won first place in the Graduate Men Division.

Students who were awarded first place in their categories at the state competition were Larry Giddens, Adrianna Sgarlata, Isaac Thweatt, and Kathleen Weeks. Those who won honors were Shavawn Dowling, EricaDawn Garcia, Lane, Susan Lloyd, Stefan Reed, and Debora Madsen. Each student received a NATS Certificate of Achievement and a $25 honorarium. The first-place winners all sang at an honors recital, and Stefan Reed, who will attend the New England Conservatory for Graduate School in Boston in the fall, was invited to sing in the honors master class with Phyllis Bryn-Julson of Peabody Conservatory, along with Kathleen Weeks and Isaac Thweatt.

“I am very proud of our voice students,” says Miller. “They truly gave their individual best and brought great pride to our university.”

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