SRU vocalists compete for Chad Williamson Scholarship


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Oct. 21, 2015

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Eighteen Slippery Rock University student vocalists will demonstrate their craft and support for arts education when they compete in SRU's annual Chad Williamson Memorial Scholarship Competition at 2 p.m., Oct. 24, in Swope Music Hall.

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The scholarship, which provides tuition support for three SRU vocalists, honors Chad Williamson, a Slippery Rock Area High School graduate who had planned to attend SRU but died in a traffic accident before his freshman year at SRU. Williamson was the son of Karen Legato, a 1999 SRU communication graduate and former SRU employee, and the late Fred Williamson.

Each competitor will perform two selections.

Colleen Gray, professor of music, and Eva Tsuquiashi-Daddesio, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, will offer remarks about the competition.

Thomas Baresel, a music professor at Cincinnati College-Conservancy of Music, will serve as judge. He has performed as a singer throughout the U.S. and in Germany, Austria and Japan.

The performers and selections are:

Samantha Christou, a music major from Slippery Rock, will present "De donde venis, amore?" by Joaquin Rodrigo and "Laurie's Song" by Aaron Copeland.

Susan Dalessandro, a music therapy major from Sharon, will present "Plaisir d'amour" by Jean-Paul-Egide Martini and "Immer leiser wird mein Schlummer" by Johannes Brahms.

Mara Flannery, a music and music therapy major from Butler, will present "If Music Be the Food of Life" by Henry Purcell and "Che faro senza Euridice?" by Christopher Willibald von Gluck.

Haylee Jayne Goodenough, a music therapy major from Honesdale, will present "Nel cor piu non mi sentor" by Giovanni Paisiello and "Lovelies of Trees" by John Duke.

Meagan Gumble, a music therapy major from Beach Lake, will present "L'attente" by Camille Saint-Saens and "Wie lange noch?" by Kurt Weill.

Dana Jacoby, a music therapy major from Delran, New Jersey, will present "Enfant, si j'etais Roi" by Franz Liszt and "Canzona di Doretta" by Giacomo Puccini.

Danielle Jeung, a music therapy voice major from Monroeville, will present "Se tu m'ami" by Allesandro Parisotti and "If I Loved You" by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein.

Christine Johnston, a music therapy major from Butler, will present "Le Violette" by Alessandro Parisotti and "Weep You No More" by Roger Quilter.

Carlie Keffer, a music major from Dawson, will present "Una donna a quindici anni" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and "Les oiseaux dans la charmille" by Jacques Offenbach.

Erika Kuhn, a music therapy from Erie, will present "Pres des remparts de Seville" by Georges Bizet and "Cry Me A River" by Arthur Hamilton.

Caitlin Luck, a music major from Wellsburg, West Virginia., will present "Steal Me, Sweet Thief" by Gian Carlo Menotti and "Mein Herr Marquis" by Johann Straus.

Emma Martin, a music therapy major from South Lebanon, Ohio, will present "Bel Piacere" by George Frederic Handel and "Piangero la sorte mia" by Handel.

Kylie Reiber, a music major from Ontario, New York, will present "Chanson Triste" by Henri Duparc and "Quel guardo, il cavaliere...So anch'io" by Gaestano Donizetti.

Logan Smith, a music performance major from Pittsburgh, will present "Amarilli, mia bella" by Giulio Caccini and "Proud of Your Boy" by Alan Menker and Howard Ashman.

Katie Steele, a music education and French major from Cranberry Township, will present "In dem Schatten meiner Locken" by Hugo Wolf and "The Lass from the Low Country" by John Jacob Niles.

Alexa Vecere, a music therapy major Beaver Falls, will present "Mandoline" by Claude Debussy and "Heart, We Will Forget Him Not," by Aaron Copeland.

Michelle Weller, a music therapy major from Transfer, will present "Se Florindo e fedele" by Alessandro Scarlatti and "Barbara Allen" by Roger Quilter.

Austin Wolford, a music education major for Butler, will present "When the Air Sings of Summer" by Gian Carlo Menotti and "Bella siccome un angelo" by Gaetano Donizetti.

The competition is free and open to the public.

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