Laura Strickling (MM ’06) won third place in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards vocal competition, held at the NATS 51st National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, on July 1 and 2. As the third place winner, Strickling was given the Irma Cooper Award from the NATS Foundation and a scholarship to AIMS (American Institute of Musical Studies) in Graz, Austria.
In June soprano Jessica Abel (MM ’08) performed the role of Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore with the Victorian Lyric Opera Company in Rockville, Md., as well as in Gettysburg, Penn. as part of the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival. She was also a 2010 finalist and prizewinner in the Friday Morning Music Club’s Washington International Competition, which took place on June 5 at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theatre in Washington, D.C
GPD candidate Sonya Knussen, mezzo-soprano, a student of Phyllis Bryn-Julson, sang in the Britten-Pears Alumni Concert in the Aldeburgh Festival in the U.K. in June. The piece she performed, Archie Interviews a Pharaoh, was written for her by Joanna Lee. Audio of the work can be found at http://sonyaknussen.weebly.com/audio.html.