November 23, 2009
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
SRU senior captures Chad Williamson Memorial Scholarship
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Anna Michelle Cypher, a senior Slippery Rock University vocal performance major from Evans City, took top honors last weekend in the music department's 17th annual Chad Williamson Memorial Scholarship Competition.
A dozen SRU voice students entered this year's competition judged by Timothy Culver, a member of the Kent State University Hugh A. Glauser School of Music faculty. He has performed with the Cleveland Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Lansing Lyric Opera, Porthouse Theatre, Huron Playhouse and the Cleveland Orchestra and earned both his master's and bachelor's degrees at KSU.
Zachary Wood, a bass-baritone senior vocal performance major from Waynesboro and last year's competition winner, and Haley Mundis, a freshmen music education/vocal performance major from Huntingdon, received Honorable Mention honors.
Cypher is also a part of the SRU Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. She performed in SRU's "Opera Scenes" last spring and recently won first place in the senior classical division of the 2009 National Association of Teachers of Singing Tri-State Student Competition. She was awarded first runner-up at the spring 2009 regional NATS Vocal Competition and is a 2008 and 2009 recipient of the Marianne Cornetti Scholarship.
She received honorable mention at the 2007 Chad Williamson Memorial Competition and was a recipient of the Minna Kaufmann Rudd Scholarship at Chatham University in 2005-2006.
The scholarship competition was created following Williamsons' death in a motorcycle accident. He had enrolled at SRU and was planning his freshman year.
The annual competition requires participants to offer both a classical and popular selection as part of the performance. The competition is a major event for the department's vocal students and is designed to help bring talented student to SRU.
Others competing this year were: Sean Douglas, a freshman tenor and voice major from Allegany; Zach Thompson, a sophomore music education major from Boswell; Emily Kaiser music education, voice major from North Royalton, Ohio; Trevor Greenfield, a tenor music education voice major from Grove City; Katy Capestrani, a junior music therapy major from Butler; John Burgh, a voice major from Sewickley; Nyomin Buhler, a senior music education major from Slippery Rock; Eric Kochanowski, a junior studying both voice and piano from Sarver; Kirsten Wilson, a senior voice major from Malvern; Andrea Follmar, a senior music therapy major from Coraopolis; and Angela Fenk, a senior vocal performance major from Pittsburgh.
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