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SRU Good News for April 19, 2012

SRU music student to sing with Greenville Symphony

GREENVILLE, Pa. ­– Cara Udy, a senior in music education at Slippery Rock University, has won the senior division of the “Rising Star Vocal Competition” sponsored by the Greenville [Pa.] Symphony Orchestra and will perform with the symphony next season.

There were more than 60 competitors in her category.

Udy made the first cut for the semi-finals with “O mio babbino caro” from the opera “Gianni Schicchi” by Puccini.

Her piece “The Girl in 14-G” in the final competition earned her the grand prize that also includes $750, several hours of professional studio recording time in order to produce a CD, and the opportunity to perform on the Kennywood Amusement Park stage in West Mifflin.

 “It is wonderful to have this encouragement to follow through with my plans as a professional singer,” she said. “The whole experience was amazing. I am very honored to have been chosen because there were so many other fine singers who competed.”

 This summer, Udy will student teach in North Carolina to complete her music education degree. She then plans to pursue singing and teaching.

 Udy is a vocal student of Maribeth Knaub, SRU associate professor of music.