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 15 SRU Vocal Students to Vie for Williamson Memorial Scholarship 

 

SPOTLIGHT

10/21/2004

Contact: K.E. Schwab  -- 724-738-2199;  e-mail: karl.schwab@sru.edu

 15 SRU VOCAL MUSIC STUDENTS TO VIE FOR CHAD WILLIAMSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

          SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Students studying voice atSlippery Rock University will vie for top honors in the
12th Annual Chad Williamson Memorial Scholarship Competition at 2 p.m. Oct. 31 in Swope Music Hall in a continuing competition honoring the late Slippery Rock High School student who planned to attend SRU.

           The competition will be judged by Daphne Alderson, a member of the Seton-Hill University music faculty and well-known performer in New York City and Pittsburgh. Her 2003-04 season included debut of a show celebrating Stephen Sondheim and Oscar Hammerstein as part of her international cabaret program. She has performed the role of the sorceress in Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneus,” and she released “Songs from the Heart,” a project conceived and recorded live at Heinz Memorial Chapel, Pittsburgh. She has also performed with the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, the Westmoreland Symphony, Chatham Baroque as well as performances with Central City, Pittsburgh Opera, Opera North, Berks Grand Opera and the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh.

           The scholarship competition, one of the most popular in the music department, provides SRU music majors the opportunity to demonstrate their vocal talent and allows the local community to both see and hear the performing arts talent of university voice students. The scholarship was created by Mr. Williamson’s family, including his mother Mrs. Karen Hickok, as a means of helping SRU’s music department attract talented vocal performers.

 

           The competition/concert will include performances by previous scholarship winners and Beth Brady of Vanderbuilt and AmberNesbitt of West Mifflin. Their performances will not be judged.

           Competing students are:

Name                        Hometown

Darcie Bell                        East Brady

Jessica Brown                        Ridgway

Candice Skingley                        Hamburg, N.Y.

Michael Sypien                        Pittsburgh

Lisa Cifrulak                        Pittsburgh

Sylvia Catello                        Pittsburgh

Stephen Ball                        Slippery Rock

Amanda Minor                        Johnstown

Michael Zeiler                        Natrona Heights

Ashleigh Weimer                        Connellsville

Christiana Howell                        Erie

Ashley Richards                        Harmony

Michael Desnoyers                        Allegany, N.Y.

Nick Kochanov                        North Huntingdon

Mark Erickson                        New Wilmington

PG, PgN, WPN, PR, S

 

 

 

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