Centenary music students win awards at singing competition


March 23, 2017

SHREVEPORT, LA — Students from Centenary College’s Hurley School of Music won awards in the Louisiana Chapter Student Auditions of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).  The competition was held on the campus of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches on Saturday, March 11 and featured over 200 students from throughout Louisiana.

“It is a real point of pride for Centenary to have such a fantastic result at this conference,” says Dr. Gale Odom, dean of the Hurley School of Music. “We really showed what our students can do in competition with many larger schools from all over the state. They exhibited fine musicianship as well as beautiful sound.”

The Centenary winners include:

·         Zipphora Hyman, 3rd place Freshman Women

·         Victoria Sundin, 2nd place Sophomore Women

·         Carlos Romero, 3rd place Freshman Men

·         Alex Koch, 1st place Sophomore Men

·         Timothy McCoy, 1st place Junior Men

·         David Westbrook, 3rd place Junior Men

·         Alex Koch, 1st place Lower College Music Theater Men

·         Rebecca Vacha, 2nd place Upper College Music Theater Women.

All are students of Gale Odom and Twyla Robinson.

Music students Sierra Worman, Emmaline Dyer, Shelby Pickett, Hallie Roden, Brianna Jackson, and Jessie Bonnevier were also singing in the competition or observing the competition and master classes.  Centenary’s Artist in Residence, Twyla Robinson, is the Vice President of the Louisiana NATS Chapter and adjunct professor Adam Philley is the new Auditions Chair for the chapter.

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