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Oct. 26, 2012
CONTACT: K. E. Schwab

SRU competition features voice students

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Curt Scheib, professor of music and chair of the Division of Visual and Performing Arts at Seton Hill University, has been selected as this year's judge for the Chad Williamson Memorial Scholarship Competition at Slippery Rock University

Scheib will judge 18 SRU voice competitors as they present both a classical and pop song at the 7:30 p.m., Nov. 3, event in Swope Music Hall.

SCHEIB Scheib is in demand as a solo artist and has appeared with numerous regional orchestras, opera companies and choral societies throughout the country, including Connecticut Opera, Central City Opera, Texas Opera Theatre and the Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh.

He has also appeared as bass soloist in Haydn's Creation with the San Francisco City Chorus and as bass soloist in the Bach B Minor Mass with the South Bend Chamber Singers. He can be heard in the world premiere recording of Norman Dello Joio's "Songs of Abelard" with the Keystone Winds and a recently released recording of the works of David Diamond.

Scheib earned a degree in music education and organ from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a master of music in voice and an artist diploma in opera from the University of Cincinnati. He earned his doctor of musical arts in voice degree from West Virginia University and has studied at the Accademia Vocale di Lucca.

WILLIAMSON He was twice a fellow at the Bach Aria Festival and Institute.

Vocalists competing this year are:

  • Kylie Reiber, a soprano from Ontario, N.Y.;
  • Craig Allison, tenor from Evans City;
  • Bethany Pasierb, soprano from Chambersburg;
  • Eric Graber, bass-baritone from Belle Vernon;
  • Debrah Evans, soprano from Ellwood City;
  • J. Patrick McGill, bass from Washington, Pa.;
  • Allison Carter, soprano from Titusville;
  • A.J. Pagano, tenor from Nanty Glo;
  • Jennifer Nyce, mezzo-soprano from Schwenksville;
  • Haley Mundis, soprano from Huntingdon;
  • James Garrity, baritone from Mars, Pa.;
  • Karter Schachner, tenor from Knoch;
  • Kara Patton, soprano from Kittanning;
  • Kevin Adamik, tenor from Tarentum;
  • Mariah Seymour, mezzo-soprano from Ebensburg;
  • Josh Duman, baritone from Nanty Glo;
  • Cecelia Bartosiewicz, mezzo-soprano from Tarentum;
  • and Sean Douglas, tenor from Shinglehouse.
Daniel Strait, a baritone from Huntingdon, will participate, but not compete. Colleen Gray, associate professor of music at SRU, coordinates the competition. The annual event honors the memory of a Williamson who had enrolled at SRU, but was killed in a motorcycle accident before starting classes. He was a Slippery Rock High School graduate.

The scholarship was established in 1992 by the Williamson family and friends to recognize and support talented vocalists pursuing their academic ambitions at SRU.

Williamson was the son of Karen Legato and the late Fred Williamson.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.