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Chamber Recital Thursday, June 5th

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

  Pineville, LA.The Louisiana College Division for the Visual and Performing Arts is proud to announce a chamber recital on Thursday, June 5th on the campus of Louisiana College. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Presser Recital Hall located in Weathersby Fine Arts Building.

The recital will feature Katerina Zaitseva on piano, Dr. Dennette McDermott on flute and Dr. Douglas Bakenhus on bassoon. The program, “An Evening of Trios: Donizetti, Kuhlau, and Beethoven” is free and open to the community.


2008 Alsup Voice Competition Winners announced

Friday, April 11th, 2008

Pineville, LA Louisiana College Department of Music announces the winners of the 2008 Alsup Voice Award Competition held Thursday night, April 10, 2008 in Presser Recital Hall.

Winning first place in the competition, for the third year in a row, was soprano, Sarah Dodson, a senior from Alexandria. Ms Dodson won the title with her performances of “Dearest mama” from The Ballad of Baby Doe by Douglas Moore (1893-1969) and “Cäcilie” by Richard Strauss (1864-1949). Ms Dodson plans to attend Mississippi College in the fall, to pursue a master’s degree in vocal performance and vocal pedagogy.

Placing second in the competition, was senior student, Robyn Ellis, of Pineville. The mezzo-soprano won second place for her performances of “Che faro senza Euridice” from Orféo ed Euridice by Christoph Gluck (1714 - 1787) and “Er, der Herrlichste von allen” from Frauenliebe und Leben by Robert Schumann (1810-1856).

Cameron Weatherford, a sophomore baritone from Baton Rouge, took third place with his performances of “With joy, the impatient husbandman” from The Seasons by Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) and “Die Lotusblum” by Robert Schumann.

The Alsup Voice Award Competition, sponsored by the Department of Music, was begun in 1972 by Mrs. Helen Rougeau, in memory of former professor, N.C. Alsup, as a means of encouraging vocal excellence among students in the Department of Music. Each year’s winner is presented a plaque, a gift from former two-time winner, Mark Guillory, at the Department’s annual Awards Day.

LC Music Dept. Hosts NATS auditions

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

 Pineville, LA… “Some excellent singing will be heard during every moment,” according to Dr. Loryn Frey, Chair of the Louisiana College Music Department, as they host over one hundred-fifty participants, including voice teachers, voice students and pianists for the auditions portion of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Conference on Saturday, March 8th.  Preliminary rounds of auditions begin at 9 a.m. in the Weathersby Fine Arts Building and will continue until about noon.  Final rounds will be held beginning at 1:30 p.m. in Guinn Auditorium.

Students from the Frey studio, as well as other undergraduate, graduate, and high school voice students from around the state will be singing for a panel of judges in twenty different categories.  Those who are deemed eligible from the first round of auditions will advance to the finals in each category.  One winner and one runner-up in each category will receive a certificate and a cash award.

Also in conjunction with the conference, the State round of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artists Award Auditions (NATSAA) will be held on campus as well. This competition takes place every other year and is designed, according to Edward Baird (President of NATS, 1985-1987), “To select, through a series of elimination rounds on the district, regional and national levels, singers whose artistry indicates that they are ready for a professional career and to encourage them toward that goal with a cash prize and the opportunity for performance engagements.”

Three celebrity judges will be on campus to judge this special event.  The winner will go on to regional and then national rounds of competition which will take place during the National Convention in Nashville, TN this summer.  The NATSAA event begins at 3 p.m. in Guinn Auditorium and is open to the public, as are all earlier auditions.

If you would like more information about this event, please contact Dr. Loryn Frey, Chair, Louisiana College Division of Visual and Performing Arts: 487-7511 or


2008 Caudell Cup Piano Competition to be held Sat.,March 1

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

 Contact: Amy Robertson, Director of College Communications

(318) 487-7194

Pineville, LA…Louisiana College, together with the Kiwanis Club of Pineville, will sponsor the newly formatted 2008 Caudell Cup Piano Competition on Saturday, March 1 beginning at 7:30 pm, in Presser Hall of the Weathersby Fine Arts Building. The competition is open free of charge to the public.

Five pianists from area colleges and universities will compete in the event:  Karen Hartzog (freshman Piano Performance major from LC); Jana Krajciova (NSU), Peter Kysela (NSU), Alexandra Ognanoska(NSU) and Natalie Wood(LA Tech).

Each of the participants will play two selections and will be judged by Dr. Kian Chat Lim (faculty of University of Louisiana at Lafayette).
Competition results will be announced at the conclusion of the performances. The following prizes will be awarded: First Place: $500 and the Caudell Cup; Second place: $300; Third place: $200.  Additionally, the winner of the Caudell Cup will have the honor of performing for the Kiwanis at one of their Spring 2008 meetings. (Date TBA)