Two Alabama State University voice majors were winners in the Emerging Artists Recital Competition at The Montgomery Symphony Orchestra’s 12th annual Vann Vocal Institute at Huntingdon College.

Student-participants received exceptional feedback and at the conclusion of the two-day Institute, 10 of the most accomplished participating young singers performed in the competition with prizes that totaled at $12,000.

From ASU, Zabriel Rivers won second place and received an exceptional cash award.

“I am proud of the hard word that Zabriel has put forth these last two years. It is paying off, as the artists complimented on his poise and performance,” says Tyrone Hayes, ASU voice professor.

ASU voice major Denaye Bolden didn’t participate in the recital competition but was recognized with the Young Artists Encouragement Award and a cash award.  ASU Department of Music student Matthew Chappell also participated in the weekend events. The students are from studios of Dr. Cordelia Anderson and professor Tyrone Hayes.

The special event brings young singers from high schools and colleges across the region to Huntingdon for private lessons and master classes with prominent artists from the Metropolitan Opera. This year’s artists included international acclaimed opera singer David Cangelosi, and well-known operatic singers Mary Ann McCormick (mezzo soprano), Lori Phillips (soprano), Dinyar Vania (tenor), Franco Pomponi (baritone) and conductors Steven Crawford and Thomas Muraco.


For more information, contact the Department of Music at 334-229-4341.

News media contact: Kenneth Mullinax, 334-229-4104

Media Relations Specialist Hazel Scott wrote the news release.



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