Houghton College junior Suzannah Waddington ‘14 placed second in the junior women's division at the Central New York-Finger Lakes Chapter of the National Association for Teachers of Singing voice competition at Ithaca College on October 27. Alicia Ucciferri ’14 of Houghton College was also a finalist in the same division.
Professors Kelley Hijleh and Conor Angell are members of the local chapter as well as the national organization. Hijleh and Angell represented Houghton by taking six students and two pianists to the competition sponsored by CNYFL-NATS that was held at Ithaca College.
“I would definitely say that Houghton has helped me,” said Waddington. “I’ve learned so much from my vocal teacher, Mrs. Hijleh, and I’ve grown so much musically, especially in performance.”
When talking about her experience at the competition, Waddington stated, “It was a great confirmation knowing that Houghton’s music program is really top-notch.”
Ucciferri agreed and said, “I really appreciated the feedback from the judges; it definitely confirmed what Mrs. Hijleh has said to me [about my performance] and I realized ‘my voice teacher is so awesome’… it made me appreciate the kind of music program we have here [at Houghton].”
Both Waddington and Ucciferri were accompanied by pianist Caleb Lawson ‘14 during the competition.
The purpose of the CNYFL-NATS is to encourage the highest standards of vocal artistry and excellence in both performance and teaching throughout northern, central and western New York State.