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ODU Vocalists Walk Away With More Awards At Regional NATS Competition

The Old Dominion University Department of Music has much to sing about these days. Two of the eight vocalists who won awards at the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Virginia District Spring Conference last month came home with awards at the Mid-Atlantic Regional NATS auditions last weekend in Boone, N.C.

Ann Scott Davis, who tied for first with ODU's April Lessard in the Advanced College Women category at the state level, took third place in the same category at the regional conference.

Orson Van Gay II, who not only placed first in the Advanced College Men category but also was named "Best Overall Singer" at the state conference, won first place again in the Advanced College Men category at the regional conference.

The students competed against singers from Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and the District of Columbia.

Many of ODU's rising vocal music stars can be seen at two opera theater productions on campus this month:

  • April 26, 3 p.m. "Letter to Warsaw" by Thomas Pasatieri and directed by Charles Stanton. Chandler Recital Hall.
  • April 30 and May 2, 7:30 p.m. "Cosi fan tuti" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and directed by Charles Stanton. Chandler Recital Hall.

Tickets for both shows are $5 for students and $10 for general admission. Call 683-5305 for tickets, or the music department at 683-4061 for more information.

To read more about the ODU students' accomplishments at the state conference in March, go to http://www.odu.edu/ao/news/index.php?todo=details&id=14927.

This article was posted on: April 8, 2009

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