SNU Students Recognized at Local Competitions

BETHANY, Okla. (April 24, 2012) – This spring students from the SNU School of Music have been competing across the state in regional competitions.  

Earlier this month, Associate Professor of Voice, Rebekah Ambrosini took a number of students to NATS (vocal competition) in which three students were finalists.

“I am very proud to be a member of this organization and was thrilled that our student's performed so well in this highly respected and challenging competition in which every major University in Oklahoma took part,” stated Ambrosini.   

NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) is a large classical vocal competition where vocal coaches from all over the state bring students together to compete in different categories. Students compete in several categories including high school students, undergraduate students (divided by sex and year), graduate students, and adults.  During this contest three SNU students were finalists including sophomores Scott Ballew and Caleb Dickenson and senior Joe Burleigh.  Dickenson won 3rd Place in Junior Men Division and Burleigh won 1st Place in the Adult Division. 

“Our vocal faculty is second to none here at SNU and the school is very privileged to have Rebekah and Jeffery Ambrosini, Andrea Hansen, and Jim Graves, all who are extremely accomplished in their own fields outside of the university. The NATS win was a very personal victory and a reminder that you can always find the strength to overcome (adversity) and come out stronger than before,” stated Burleigh.

Late last week Adjunct Professor Matt Denman took 2 of students, Colin Deibert, junior, and Sam Rosko, senior, to Brownsville, TX along with students from Classen School of Advanced Studies to participate in a national guitar competition.  Sam & Colin were awarded 2nd place in the collegiate duo division, which is the first time students from an Oklahoma college have placed in this annual competition.

“NATS and the UT Dallas Guitar Competition are big venues for our vocalists and guitarists, and our students have shown that they can compete successfully at this level.  These competitions provide important performance experience for these musicians, and allow them to hear other talented students as well.  These student-teacher collaborations have led to incredible success in these competitions and are the heart of the SNU School of Music,” said Melissa Lewis, Chair, SNU School of Music.  

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