UTSA voice students, faculty compete at national teachers of singing conference

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(Dec. 6, 2012) -- Twenty-eight UTSA voice students and faculty recently competed at the National Association of Teachers of Singing regional conference in Denton. The UTSA student honors included one finalist and 17 semifinalists. Two faculty members were selected for the conference artist series.

More than 600 hundred singers from Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico competed in the student auditions category. Twenty-one undergraduates and 7 graduate students competed in the preliminary audition rounds. Kristin Richards, under the direction of UTSA Associate Professor Diana Allan, reached the finals. Seventeen students made it to the semi-finals.

For the conference artist series, Diana Allan presented "Empowering Performers: What Can I Do?" UTSA lecturer Catherine Nix teamed with student pianist Anna Hakobyan for her presentation, "Visiting Emily: Song Settings of the Poems of Emily Dickinson."

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UTSA semi-finalists were:

Alexa Nichols, sophomore student of Professor Linda Poetschke
Ariana Reyna, graduate student of Poetschke
Jaclyn Rivera, junior student of Poetschke
Jesus DeHoyos, graduate student of Poetschke
Melissa Monaghan, senior student of Poetschke
Regina Branford, senior student of Poetschke
Elise Miller, sophomore student of Associate Professor Diana Allan
Jyron Jospeh, freshmen, student of Allan
Myrna Peralez, sophomore student of Allan
Rachel Pena, sophomore student of Allan
Rob Saldana, junior student of Allan
Samantha Serrano, freshmen student of Allan
Sierra Wynder, sophomore student of Associate Professor Gary Mabry
Hailey Smith, sophomore student of Mabry
LaQuette Barksdale, junior student of Mabry
Madonna Gil, graduate student of Assistant Professor Susan Olson