Samford Students Excel in Recent Music Competitions

MusicStudents

Posted by Philip Poole on 2015-03-25

By Bailey Fuqua

Samford University students have earned multiple honors in recent music competitions and auditions. School of the Arts students have participated in five different competitions and have received more than 20 honors for their vocal and instrumental abilities.

Kathryn Fouse, associate dean for the Division of Music, praised the students for their excellent work and the recognition they received for their music.  

Among the winners was Conrad Shaw, a junior tubist from Brentwood, Tennessee, who received first place in both the instrumental and overall best performance categories at the Birmingham Music Club Guild Scholarship Auditions.

“The best award for any performer is to impact your audience in a way they will never forget,” said Shaw.  “I feel incredibly honored to have received this scholarship award and want to thank the Birmingham Music Club Guild for their generous support of the musical arts in Alabama.”

Recent music awards include:

2015 Alabama Federation of Music Clubs Student Collegiate Competition

Women’s Voice, 1st place – Joylynn Rushing

Woman’s Voice, 2nd place – Alexandra June Brascho

Woman’s Voice, 3rd place – Katie Thompson

Strings, 2nd place – Drew Sarette

Piano, 3rd place – Katherine Vest 

Mississippi FMC Collegiate Auditions

Women’s Voice, 1st place – Holly Harrington

National Association of Teachers of Singing Alabama Chapter Auditions

First Year College Men, 2nd place – Terrence Parkes

Second Year College Women, 2nd place – Jenna Zimmerman

Third Year College Men, 1st place – Evan Gunter

Fourth Year College Women, 2nd place – Abi Benke

Fourth Year College Men, 2nd place – Lucas Eddings

Fifth Year College Women, 2nd place – Ellen Mitchell

Second Year College Women, Music Theatre, 1st place – Bonny Baker

Fourth Year College Women, Music Theatre, 2nd place – Corey Wagener 

Birmingham Music Club Guild Scholarship Auditions  

Voice, 1st place – Evan Gunter

Instrumental, 1st place – Conrad Shaw

Piano, 2nd place – Brianna Ware

Overall Best Performance Award – Conrad Shaw 

South Central Tuba Euphonium Conference Competition

Student Tuba, 1st place - Tom Yan

Artist Tuba, 2nd place - Conrad Shaw 

Bailey Fuqua is a journalism and mass communication major and a news and feature writer in the Office of Marketing and Communication.