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May 12, 2010
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Laura Hay, a senior vocal music education major from Kansas City, Mo., recently represented Northwest among some of the top performance students in the Kansas City region during a recital for winners of the National Association of Teachers of Singing-Kansas City Chapter competition.
On May 2, Hay performed one of her winning pieces, "Song to the Moon" from Antonín Dvořák's opera "Rusalka" during the recital at Country Club United Methodist Church in Kansas City.
Hay, a voice student of Dr. Pamela Shannon, became eligible to participate in the recital by placing second in the Upper-College Women's Division of the NATS competition on Feb. 7 in Warrensburg, Mo. In addition to "Song to the Moon," Hay performed Rossini's "La pastorella delle Alpi" for a panel of three judges. The competition was open to students from schools within a 100-mile radius of Kansas City.
Hay said the competition was stiff because it featured many students who are studying at music conservatories where performance is emphasized. Hay also said the competition was a good chance for her to receive feedback outside Northwest.
"I competed a lot in high school and hadn't done much in college, so it was nice to see what else is out there," Hay said. "It was nice to see where I stand with other students."
After graduating from Northwest next year, Hay said she plans to attend graduate school to study performance. Eventually, she hopes to become teacher.
"Northwest has a fabulous program," Hay said "The fact that we have so many students attending these competitions and doing well shows how well-rounded we are. The faculty is extremely good at making sure we own up to our instrument, our voice or whatever our form of expression. We really make sure we are up to the highest standards."
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