Post-secondary education briefs

Local SRU students compete in vocal competition

SLIPPERY ROCK Twenty-two Slippery Rock University student vocalists took the virtual stage on Nov. 7 when they competed in the Department of Music's 28th annual Chad Williamson Memorial Vocal Scholarship competition.

Each student presented two selections, a classical piece and a piece of their choosing. Participating students prerecorded their performances and submitted them for the judges to review. The Nov. 7 event served as a performance "watch party" with the winner being announced at the conclusion of the presentations.

The student performances were critiqued by the following three judges:

4Norman Spivey, professor of voice and voice pedagogy at Pennsylvania State University

4Allen Perriello, head of music at Minnesota Opera and director of the Young Artists Program at The Glimmerglass Festival

4Quinn Patrick Ankrum, assistant professor of voice at the University of Cincinnati

The scholarship, which provides tuition support to three SRU students, honors the late Chad Williamson. Williamson, a Slippery Rock Area High School graduate, planned to study music at SRU but was killed in a traffic accident prior to his freshman year.

Williamson's mother, Karen Legato, a 1991 SRU communication graduate and former University employee, and father, the late Fred Williamson, started the scholarship in 1992.

Student performers and their selections included:

4Shaun Klein, a sophomore music education major from East Brady performed "Marechiare" by Paolo Tosti and "Automne" by Gabriel Faure.

4Elizabeth Saver, a junior music major from Clarion performed "Guitare" by Georges Bizet and "Silver Aria" by Douglas Moore.

4Jordan Weeter, a senior music education major from Knox performed "Heavenly Grass" by Paul Bowles and "Ma rendi pur content" by Vincenzo Bellini.