SU Vocal Competition Date Change

Shepherd University Department of Music will host its annual Vocal Competition at the Frank Center for the Arts on the campus of Shepherd University on Saturday, January 23, 2010. This is a change in date for the event that was previously scheduled for Saturday, October 10, 2009. Participants are high school students from West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, who demonstrate excellent potential as endorsed by their high school teacher, church choir director, or private instructor.

The preliminary auditions will be held in the morning, before the panel of judges. A recital of the finalists will be held at 1:30 PM in the Frank Arts Center Theater. The Vocal Competition Finalists Recital is free and open to the public. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three men and top three women as determined by the panel of judges. The top prize in each category is $300.00.

Former winners of the competition have become members of the New York City Opera and other major and regional opera companies; they have starred on Broadway and in national touring companies; have won major awards including the Marian Anderson Prize and the Rosa Ponselle Young Singers Prize; have become exceptional teachers; and have been recipients of scholarships to prestigious music schools.

The Shepherd Vocal Competition is an annual event organized by the Voice Department at Shepherd University in an effort to provide young singers the opportunity to perform for and receive feedback from professional musicians in the surrounding community. This is also an opportunity for these young artists to become familiar with Shepherd University's music program and what it has to offer as they consider their options for college.

For more information or to obtain an application form, contact Shepherd University Voice Professor Joseph Regan, email jregan@shepherd.edu or phone 301-573-6733.