Susquehanna University Music Majors Outshine Competition
Published on November 8, 2012
Voice majors from Susquehanna University’s Department of Music dominated the annual singing competition of the National Association of Teachers of Singing’s Allegheny Mountain chapter, held Oct. 27 at Lebanon Valley College. Susquehanna students claimed 11 wins in nine categories—more than the next two highest-scoring schools combined—and earned 10 semifinalist spots, as well.
More than 150 students from eight schools in central Pennsylvania competed, including Dickinson College, Elizabethtown College, Franklin & Marshall, Gettysburg College, Lebanon Valley College, Mansfield University, Messiah College and Penn State University. Faculty members from participating schools served as judges, but only for rounds in which their own students weren’t competing.
“This was such a gratifying experience for our students, for them to learn where they stand among their peers and to emerge so strongly,” said David Steinau, associate professor of music. “It takes a lot of nerve to allow your voice to be judged by others. I think this experience helped to build a lot of confidence in our singers.”
Susquehanna will send its winners and semifinalists to the regional competition at Ithaca College in March 2013, where leading music schools from throughout the northeastern United States and Canada will compete.
Karen M. Jones