The 2015-2016 academic year was full of many successes for the Houghton College Greatbatch School of Music voice program, and the program is also seeing continued success into the summer months.
At the American Prize 2015 national competition this past year, the Houghton Lyric Theater took second place in The American Prize in Arts Marketing and was a finalist in The American Prize in Opera Stage Directing, a finalistin The American Prize in Opera Composition for “Rodman in North Korea” (written by Dr. Sarah Hutchings and recorded by Houghton Lyric Theater), a semi-finalist for The American Prize in Opera Production Performance and a semi-finalist for The American Prize in Opera Conducting.
Individual students also earned awards during the year including graduate student and soprano Suzannah Waddington, who won the highly prestigious Encouragement Award at the Metropolitan National Council Auditions Buffalo/Toronto District in December and also won first place in the Advanced category at the National Association of Teachers of Singing Central New York Finger Lakes District this past November.
First-year student Sang-Bin Park, a bass-baritone, received third place in the Freshmen Men category at the National Association of Teachers of Singing Eastern Region this past March.
Many Houghton music students are also finding success this summer by gaining placement in internships, summer training programs and graduate programs.
Junior Andrea Crickard is performing with Red River Lyric Opera this summer, and Tim McGowan is performing with Seagle Music Colony this summer. McGowan will also be attending Boston University, working toward a Masters of Music in the fall.
Other students performing this summer include Shawn Passero, a junior performing with Triple Arts Broadway Intensive. Graduate student, Alessio Tranchell is performing with the Chicago Summer Opera and the Russian Opera Workshop at the Academy of Vocal Arts. Waddington is performing with the Curtis Summerfest and with the Russian Opera Workshop at the Academy of Vocal Arts. Lastly, graduate student, Priscilla Wortman will perform with the Russian Opera Workshop at the Academy of Vocal Arts.
“Being an active performer is the greatest way to grow as a vocal artist,” commented Mitchell Hutchings, assistant director of voice and opera. “One of our many goals within the Houghton College voice program is to encourage our students to sing in a multitude of vocal competitions and participate in summer training programs.”
Hutchings himself will also be performing this summer, playing as John Proctor in Hartford Opera Theater’s “The Crucible.” He will then travel to Utah to perform as Michele in “Il Tabarro,” Marco in “Gianni Schicchi,” Father in “Ragtime” and Pete in “Show Boat” and will participate in many public recitals with the Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre.
To learn more about the Houghton College’s Greatbatch School of Music, visit www.houghton.edu/music.