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Voice Students Shine at National Song Festival

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From left, Megan Win '16, Megan Koch '17, and Assistant Professor of Music William Hudson at the Art Song Festival.

Jan. 15, 2016

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Voice students in the School of Music recently competed in the 2016 Art Song Festival, a national event at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music featuring performers from around the country.  Megan Win ’16 (Frankfort, Ill.) placed second and Megan Koch ’17 (Dunlap, Ill.) placed third in the competition.

Each of the eight IWU students advanced to the finals in their divisions and competed live at the Art Song Festival. Contestants were rated on their quality of voice, professionalism, musicality, breath control and tone. Win and Koch were invited to sing in a master class with judges Ruth Golden, a professor at the Manhattan School of Music, and Joseph Mechavich, artistic director of Kentucky Opera. Win and Koch also performed in the Honor’s Recital at the close of the festival. Both are students of Assistant Professor of Music William Hudson, who heads the voice and choral department within the School of Music.

The other IWU students competing were Thomas Bravos ’17 (St. Charles, Ill.), Emily Brink ’17 (Aurora, Ill.), Megan Callison ’16 (Aurora, Ill.), Louisa Klemperer ’18 (Camden, Maine)  Maddie Steele ’19 (Oconomowoc, Wis.) and Elizabeth Turner ’18 (Lindenhurst, Ill.).