Several Hope College students earned honors during the National Association of Teachers of Singing Great Lakes Regional Audition, held at Western Michigan University on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30-31.
A total of 13 Hope students participated, with
three receiving cash awards as finalists and seven named
semi-finalists. There were 340 contestants overall,
representing colleges from Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, and
Greg Frens, a junior from Grand Rapids, received
second place in the "Second-Year College Men" category.
Quincy Marr, a freshman from Gridley, Ill., received first
place in the "First- and Second-Year College Musical
Patricia Rhiew, a junior from Farmington Hills,
received first place in the "Third-Year College Women"
category. As the winner in her category, she received a
scholarship to attend the Aims Institute in Graz, Austria,
in the summer of 1999.
The Hope students who were named semi-finalists
are: junior Jill Bennink of Holt (Third-Year College
Women); senior Megan Hicks of Trabuco Canyon, Calif.
(Fourth-Year College Women); junior Renee Meyer of Mount
Vernon, Iowa (Third-Year College Women); junior Joni Norwood
of Twin Lake (Third-Year College Women); junior Katie
Shelley of Saginaw (Second-Year College Women); sophomore
Erich Shoemaker of Traverse City (Second-Year College Men)
and sophomore David Van Der Laan of Lombard, Ill. (Second-
Year College Men).
The Hope students are taught by Dr. Stuart Sharp,
Dr. Margaret Kennedy-Dygas and Professor Linda Dykstra.