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  Anderson University Music Students Win State Awards

Continuing a strong legacy of excellence in vocal music performance, several Anderson University students were recently recognized at the South Carolina awards competition for the National Association of Teachers of Singing. The competition was held the second week of March.


Anderson sophomore Octavia Hall was the top winner among her classification in the state, while Maggie Hill won the top award among juniors. In addition, the following AU students were qualifiers for regional competition in their respective disciplines:


Regional Qualifiers:  Classical Categories:  Anna Sheehan, Sophomore College Women; Christopher Hulsey, College Junior Men, Kalon Moon, College Junior Men, and Kenneth Washington, College Senior Men (student of Dr. Tommy Watson).
Musical Theater Categories:  Elyse LeRoy and Brittany Roether, and Crystal Stewart, Freshman\Sophomore College Women; Maggie Hill and Lizzie Porcari, Junior\Senior College Women.


AU music professor Deedy Francis, who teaches the top two winners plus many of the regional qualifiers, says that while AU typically wins in the highest levels of competition, this is a banner year for recognition of the program.


“I was very proud of the students who won and for the students who qualified for regionals.  It is certainly the highest number we've ever had,” she said. “It is a special honor for Octavia Hall, Sophomore College Women, to have won her category again this year.  She was a winner at the State auditions last year, and it is a great honor for her to have won in two consecutive years.  Miss Hall also placed third in the Regional Auditions last year.  Maggie Hill placed second in her Musical Theater category at regionals last year.”

Anderson University is a comprehensive university affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention offering bachelors and masters degrees. Anderson is ranked in the Top Tier (top 25) of colleges and universities in the South, and one of “77 Schools to Watch in America, by U. S. News & World Report.  Anderson has also been named one of “Americas 100 Best College Buys,” Located in The Upstate region of South Carolina near the foothills of the Appalachians, Anderson University features a rigorous education in a supportive Christian environment.



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