2008 Alsup Voice Competition Winners announced

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.