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Music major hits high note

Kristen Wilson photoUTC student vocalist Kristen Wilson scored among the top finishers in a recent national music competition.

Wilson is busy taking courses in anticipation of May graduation, preparing for a recital, and studying to prepare for the Praxis exam, which will fulfill part of the requirements to graduate and to receive a teaching license. This music education major with a vocal emphasis has a bright future, and her talents have gained her national recognition.

In spring 2006, Wilson placed fourth in the prestigious Orpheus Vocal Competition, National Music Competition for Vocalist, held at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro.  She received the Bellini Award of $500.  An enormous pool of students, ages 18-24, male and female, were involved in the event. The Orpheus Competition was founded in 1996 to provide financial support and encouragement to young singers in their pursuit of careers as vocal artists. 

Last Saturday, Wilson competed in the Music Teacher National Association auditions and won the Tennessee vocal auditions in her category. She will compete in the regional auditions on January 13 at Florida State University.

Calling her “the kind of student a teacher always hopes for,” Dr. Rebecca St. Goar, Professor of Music, is proud of her student’s achievement.

“Not only is Kristen talented, but she works diligently, she listens to advice and incorporates it and she asks questions,” St. Goar said.  “She is confident, but modest.  She has the potential to become a great artist-singer.” 

Wilson, who began to read music as a young child and began to receive voice training at age 13, had never competed in the Orpheus competition, and she was unsure of what to expect.

“I think competitions are important. They give you something to work for, a place to practice humility and good sportsmanship, and a place to possibly receive recognition for hard work. I was very pleased to be recognized,” Wilson said.

With plans to teach music in public school, Wilson would also like to attend graduate school.  She is unsure if she will continue studying music education or voice, but she is certain she wants to continue learning, practicing, and becoming a better musician.

“The UTC music department is made up of a faculty that cares about the students and wants to see them do well,” Wilson said.  “I feel that the music program promotes a system of support among classmates. Thanks to this system, I have developed many wonderful relationships and friendships necessary for success in music.”

November 16, 2006

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