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Oct. 28, 2011
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

Williamson Memorial Competition draws 19 SRU singers  

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Nineteen Slippery Rock University voice students will compete in the 19th annual Chad Williamson Memorial Scholarship Competition at 2 p.m., Oct. 30, in Swope Recital Hall. Daphne Alderson, assistant professor of voice at Seton Hill University, will be the judge.

           Competitors will present both a classic and popular work as part of the concert.

           Alderson who has sung with the Pittsburgh Opera and who presents one-woman shows, began her latest season at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall with the premiere of her “All Judy, All Heart” show, which follows her success with “Songs that Oscar Taught Me,” a program she created for the “Carnegie Carnegie” in 2008.

           She debuted with the Pittsburgh Opera as Mere Jeanne in Poulenc’s “Dialogues of the Carmelites.” This fall, she has performed the role of Agnes with Microscopic Opera’s premiere of Tobias Picker’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox.”

            During the 2009-2010 season Alderson performed “Words Of Love,” a folk rock cabaret at Heinz Chapel and the Bricolage Theatre, as well as the “L’Amour la Vie, Daphne Sings Piaf,” her one-woman show based on the life and music of Edith Piaf.

She has toured the northeast, Atlantic City and South Carolina with her original show “An American Girl in Paris, World War II.”

As an artist-in-residence, Alderson toured with guitarist John Marcinizyn throughout Central and Latin America and the Caribbean Islands for the Institute for Shipboard Education Seminar at Sea. She has made three recordings: “A Matinee at the Love Café,” “Songs from the Heart” and “16.”

A graduate of Duquesne University with master of arts degree in music, Alderson pursued post-graduate studies in Italy and London. She is an alto soloist at St. Paul Cathedral, Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church and formerly sang at Smithfield United Church in Pittsburgh.

Eva Tsuquiashi-Daddesio, dean of SRU’s College of Humanities, Fine and Performing Art, will offer opening remarks.

The annual scholarship event, organized by Colleen Gray, associate professor of music at SRU, honors the memory of a young man 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.


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