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Whitworth Student Vocalists Place in Regional Competition

Nine Whitworth student vocalists won top awards at the National Association of Teachers of Singing District Competition held at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash. The competition comprised 157 students from 11 colleges and universities in eastern Washington and Idaho, including Gonzaga University, the University of Idaho, Washington State University, and Whitman College.

Under the guidance of Whitworth voice instructors Marjory Halvorson, Darnelle Preston, and Steve Mortier, 28 Whitworth students prepared three selections for adjudication. The selections featured a variety of languages and represented different historic periods. The competition divisions were determined by the students' ages; older students performed operatic and oratorio arias while the advanced division required that students prepare and perform four pieces.

The following Whitworth students won cash prizes in their divisions:

First place: Jonelyn Langenstein, class of '03, vocal performance major; Hayley Baudrau, '04, vocal performance major; Lindsay Delmarter, '05, vocal performance major.

Second place: Matt Lodge, '03, vocal performance and choral music education double-major; Erin Tutty, '03, vocal performance major; Anthony Disney, '04, vocal performance major; and Brian Haynes, '06, undeclared.

Third place: Tyson Jensen, '03, vocal performance and computer science double-major; and Catherine Sittser, '05, undeclared.

The National Association of Teachers of Singing is a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging the highest standards of singing through excellence in teaching and the promotion of vocal education and research. As the largest association of teachers of singing in the world, the organization's goals include the professional advancement of talented singers and the enrichment of the general public.

"The value of the competition for Whitworth students is in their own assessment and possible reward for their work," says Halvorson. "As a voice instructor at Whitworth, I attempt to teach the students to be the best they can with the gifts that God gave them."

The Whitworth Music Department, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, provides students with professional training in music and an in-depth introduction to every aspect of this vital element of the liberal arts. Whitworth music majors continue on to prestigious graduate schools, performance careers, and successful teaching positions.

"The Whitworth Music Department sees many success stories in its graduates, who attend graduate schools at the highest level or work as young professionals in the fields of opera, solo work, church music and teaching," Halvorson says.

The exceptionally high quality of Whitworth's music program was demonstrated recently when the college's choir, wind symphony and jazz ensemble were selected to perform at a recent Music Educators All-Northwest Convention.

Whitworth provides vocal-studies and performance opportunities through private lessons and ensembles, including the Whitworth choir, jazz choir, chamber singers, women's choir, opera workshops and master classes.

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