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Western singers move on to next round of national competition

Three students from Missouri Western’s music program competed Feb. 11. and advanced to the second round of the Classical Singer competition.

The national competition, sponsored by the Classical Singer magazine, gave $6,000 in cash prizes for the event and awards cash prizes to the top three contestants. The competition involves contestants at the high school, undergraduate and graduate level to compete for $2.1 million in scholarships.

Kaitlyn Christian, Adrienne Collins and Donovan Jones competed and are advancing to the next level. The singers said that not a lot of undergraduate contestants showed up to compete when they auditioned.

“For the three of us to advance, that was a huge honor that all three of us will get to go to the second round in Chicago,” Music major Collins said.

Each student competed for personal reasons.

“I want to excel in the music world,” Freshman music education major Christian said. “One of my big dreams is to sing opera on stage someday, so I want to get my voice out there.”

Jones, freshman piano and vocal performance major, said he competed for the scholarships and feedback from the judges.

“I was very excited to go; I love to compete and perform,” Jones said. “It was exciting, especially exciting to get feedback from the judges.”

Each student prepared three classical songs and sang two of them in front of a panel of judges at William Jewel College in Liberty, Mo. Jones, Christian and Collins, who advanced to the second round, were also the only students from Western who sang for this specific competition.

“I really think that if other people would have done it, they would have definitely gone on with us,” Christian said. “A lot of talented people in this department and a lot more people probably could have excelled.”

The second, semifinal and final rounds of the competition will be held in Chicago, Ill., May. 25 through 27.

The Classical Music Competition is not the first competition these students have been a part of, as they  have all competed in numerous competitions. The students said this one in particular was very laid back. They were not really nervous, and everyone was really friendly for the event.

“It’s just a great way to start getting your name out there, when you compete and hopefully place or win, it’s nice to start getting that recognition, and to hear the feedback from the judges,” Collins said.

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