OSU Vocalists Compete in Classical Singer Competition
Three Oregon State University vocalists have been selected to compete in the second round of the Classical Singer Auditions Plus Vocal Competition to be held in Boston, Mass. May 24 – 26.
Alicia Baker, soprano, a student of Richard Poppino; Cole Weber, bass-baritone, also a student of Poppino; and Daniel Fridley, bass-baritone, a student of Nicola Nine-Zielke; recently competed at the University level of the competition, where they were selected to advance to the next round.
The Auditions Plus Vocal Competition is sponsored by Classical Singer Magazine, which hosts 50 first round auditions in locations around the country for three levels of singers: High School, University, and Young Artist. Singers who are selected to advance are asked to attend the Classical Singer National Convention, where they have the opportunity to compete in the second round and possibly advance to the semifinal and final rounds the same weekend. All competitors receive written feedback from judges after each round and are competing for cash, university and summer program scholarships and other awards, totaling $2.1 million in prizes.
In a classical music “American Idol” style competition, the three OSU students each sang three contrasting classical music pieces of their own selection, to a panel of qualified judges.
Baker, a senior in majoring in vocal performance, piano performance, and music education said she enjoyed the experience and is looking forward to traveling to Boston.
“I’m so honored and excited to be chosen,” she said. “But I don’t know what to expect for the next round. There’s still a lot of competing to do!”
Fridley, also a senior in vocal performance and music education was also enthusiastic about the experience.
“The opportunity to sing for, and receive written feedback from, qualified judges who don’t know you at all is extremely valuable,” he said.
For more information on the Classical Singer Convention and Competition, go to classicalsinger.com .