Story by Brandon Adams
The Colorado State University Voice Studio is excited to present the annual Singer of the Year Competition on Feb. 27. This popular event features CSU’s top undergraduate vocal students competing for over $50,000 in scholarship money, including the top Singer of the Year Award, the Charles and Reta Ralph Undergraduate Scholarship, the Most Improved Award and the James McDonald Memorial Scholarship. The awards are based on the students’ vocal performance and on progress toward their degree.
The jury of judges consists of CSU voice area faculty Tiffany Blake, John Seesholtz and Cody Laun, as well as guest vocal teachers from around Colo.
“The Singer of the Year is the crowning event for the undergraduates in the voice program at CSU,” said CSU Ralph Opera Center benefactor Charles Ralph. “It is our privilege to observe the growth in skill and confidence of these students over the years, and when they arrive at the Singer of the Year competition we always marvel at how accomplished these very young singers have become.”
This final performance is a culmination of each individual’s work throughout the 2015-16 school year, as well as their dedication to the program as an undergraduate student. Participants in the competition were selected from a larger preliminary round earlier in the semester. Awards will be presented to winning participants.
The Singer of the Year competition will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27, in the Organ Recital Hall at the University Center for the Arts. Admission is free and open to the public.