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NATS winners

On April 4 and 5, over 400 students competed at the Regional National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition at Blair School of Music. MTSU had three winners at the event. Collin Peterson, Elizabeth Stripling and William Duke won in the categories of Freshman Men, Underclass Musical Theatre and Junior Men. Kayla Holt, Elizabeth Bumpas and Ciera Cope were also selected as semi-finalists for the two-day event.

 

 

FLUTE NEWS Spring 2014: Senior, Shannon Moore, was chosen as a winner for the 2014 Mid-South Flute Festival College master class Competition and will perform for Goran Marcusson this coming march. Alumni & adjunct faculty, Abi Coffer, is the WINNER of the 2014 Kentucky Flute Festival (last weekend). Senior, Anna Laura Williams, was one of 5 finalists chosen for the 2014 Florida Flute Fair Collegiate Artist Competition. Senior, Shannon Moore, was selected as a finalist for the 2014 Delta Symphony Concerto Competition. Anna Laura Williams won 3rd place at the 2014 florida Flute Fair Collegiate Artist Competition. Both Shannon Moore (current senior) and Roya Farzaneh (2012 BM Perf grad) have by been accepted to study in England next year with esteemed flutist, Trevor Wye. He takes six students into his course.

  • Jacob Farmer (Freshman '13) attended the 2013 NFA Convention in New Orleans and performed with the Jumbalaya Flute Orchestra conducted by Angeleita Floyd.
  • Shannon Moore (senior '13) spent her summer in Italy where she was selected as a performer for the summer Leone Buyse and Sergio Pallottelli Master Class.
  • MTSU's graduate student, Melissa Gensler is releasing her debut CD "SANIK" SONYQ is an ELECTRIC FLUTE and guitar duo whose unique style mixes free form jazz, rhythm & blues, and contemporary flute methods to create a revolutionary form of modern electronic music. Flute timbres and textures are created by a microphone and performing through guitar and vocal effects pedals! Digital delay, distortion, and harmonization electronic effects combine with an avant-garde flute sound and techniques. All the works on the CD are original compositions and arrangements by the band, Melissa Gensler (flute) and Michael Keeling (guitar). Compositions are improvised, through-composed, or arrangements of well-known music from classic flute literature. Their debut CD, "SANIK," is now available on iTunes and at Amazon.com ( http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias=digital-music&field-keywords=sonyq) for $7.98. Check out the band at: www.sonyq.net!
  • Abi Coffer performed the first movement of Mozart's Flute Concerto in G Major with the MTSU Chamber Orchestra on April 19. She has been accepted to the Eastern Music Festival this summer and has been offered both a Merit Schoalrship and an Apprentice Scholarship. (posted 06/01/09)

  • MTSU Guitar graduate Silviu Ciulei who won the $1000 Fifth Prize in the Parkening International Guitar Competition at Pepperdine University, May 28-30. The triennial Parkening Competition is the preeminent guitar competition in the world, offering $65,000 in cash prizes. Silviu, age 23, was the only USA college student to win a prize in the 2009 Parkening International Competition. (The other prize winners hailed from Italy, Spain, Scotland, and Finland). Silviu, a native of Romania, received his B.M. in Guitar Performance from MTSU in '08. He has just completed his first year of graduate school at Florida State University under the direction of Bruce Holzman. (posted 06/01/09)
  • MTSU Women's Chorale ( Jamila McWhirter, director) is leaving on Wednesday morning (06/03/09) to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York for the 70th anniversary of Shawnee Press Gala Concert (along with several other choirs), at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday night (June 6). They will also be performing a mass and a concert at St. Malachy's Church on Friday morning (in the Broadway district), and the Women's Chorale has been asked to POSSIBLY sing on Saturday morning for the "The Early Show" on CBS. The show runs from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. CDT. The group will be in the audience of the Early Show, and may be asked to perform; they are taping the show beginning at 7:15 a.m. EDT Saturday, and will get a backstage tour at CBS at 9:00 a.m. (posted 06/03/09)