posted March 5, 2013

Students Win Honors in Regional Singing Auditions

From left to right are Hope senior Haley Hodges, Hope senior Lydia Blickley, Hope freshman Rosemary Walsh, Holland High School senior Jamie Colburn, Hope faculty member Linda LeFever Dykstra and Hope sophomore Danielle Meyer. Not pictured is Holland High School junior Delaney Piggins. All of the students study with Professor Dykstra.

Four Hope College singers and two area high school students who study voice at Hope earned honors during the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Great Lakes Regional Competition, held at Western Michigan University on Saturday, March 2.

The event featured approximately 150 singers from Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Ontario, Canada.

Senior Lydia Blickley of Grand Rapids won first place in the Third-/Fourth-Year College Musical Theatre category.

Freshman Rosemary Walsh of Evanston, Ill., won second place in the Freshman College Women category.

Sophomore Danielle Meyer of Dearborn won third place in the College Sophomore Women category.

Senior Haley Hodges of Hart won honorable mention in the College Senior Women category.

Jamie Colburn, a sophomore at Holland High School, won first place in the High School Men category for the second year in a row and was named the Most Promising High School Student.  It was the second year in a row that a Holland-area student received the Most-Promising award during the regional competition; Logan Jones of West Ottawa High School won the award last year.

Delaney Piggins, a junior at Holland High School, won third place in the High School Women 16 and Under category.

All of the competing singers training at Hope study with Linda LeFever Dykstra, who is an associate professor of music and chair of the voice division at Hope.  Their piano accompanists during the event were Jim Colburn and Emily Chapman Steiger.