Central Methodist University Singers Do Well at Competition

One places first, another second

Two Central Methodist University vocal students received high rankings at the recent Kansas City National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition in Warrensburg, according to Dr. Susan Quigley-Duggan, CMU associate professor of music and head of the opera program for Swinney Conservatory of Music.

Levi Gerke, a sophomore vocal music major from Pilot Grove, won first place in the lower men's division; and Brittany Losh, a senior vocal music major from Pacific, took second place in the upper college women's division. Both students study with Dr. Duggan.

Divisions correspond closely with class designation—lower representing freshmen and sophomores, upper representing juniors and seniors. There is also an advanced level for graduate and non-traditional students, which Central did not enter.

Gerke and Losh are active in Chorale, band, jazz band, and opera, and both have lead roles in the current CMU production of the opera The Marriage of Figaro.

Six additional CMU students sang for the competition, including Dane Johnson (senior, Columbia), Shawna Crisler (junior, St. Clair), Dan Jones (junior, St. Ann), Britney Kelcher (junior, St. Charles), Zack Fincher (junior, Lebanon), and Kyle Forehand (freshman, Maumelle, Ark.)


Posted February 19, 2014