UW-Stevens Point Music Department students, faculty earn honors
5/22/2013
The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Department of Music ended the spring semester on a high note, with both students and faculty earning honors and awards for vocal achievements: 
  • Voice students Cullen Sutherland, Wausau; Kirstin Stangel, Kaukauna; Ian Johnson, Stevens Point; and Dana Carlson, Somerset; were accepted into the Ameropa Solo and Chamber Music Festival held in the Czech Republic in July and August. They will study and perform in and around the city of Prague during the three-week festival. Assistant Professor of Voice Matthew Markham will also return as a resident artist, performing and teaching.
  • Markham and Susan Bender, associate professor of voice, were accepted for two of the 10 spots available at the prestigious Summer Voice Institute at Northwestern University.
  • Sophomore voice major Elizabeth Smith, Merrill, will spend her summer performing several of Mozart’s Italian arias with the Waupaca Area Orchestra.
  • Marisa Nelson, Ellsworth, a soprano, was chosen to perform this summer with Kids From Wisconsin, a show-choir group made up of 20 singers/dancers and a 13-person live band. Nelson will tour with the group throughout Wisconsin, performing 65 to 70 shows.
  • Junior Mandy Baker, Oconomowoc, was accepted to the prestigious and highly selective Torggler Summer Vocal Institute at Christopher Newport University.  She will study and perform art song and operatic literature as well as participate in scene and character study, master classes and lessons with renowned voice teachers from across the United States.
  • Katie Anderson, Waupaca, a junior in the voice program, was cast as Logainne SchwartzandGrubenierre in the Waupaca Community Theatre’s summer production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”
  • Voice major Natalie Trumm, Madison, was selected to perform in the state’s National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS)-sponsored master class for Stephen F. Austin. She also was selected by Wisconsin voice teachers to win first place at the NATS annual state meeting.

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