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Conservatory Student Shine in three voice competitions

Apr 6, 2012

Pacific students from the Conservatory of Music have been decorated in three separate voice competitions in Northern California during the past two weeks.

On March 31st, American River College hosted the local California Capital Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition.   Taking first and second place prizes in both Classical and Musical theater categories (ages 18-20) were Ted Pickell and Hannah Ludwig respectively.  Both are students of Burr Cochran Phillips.  Taking first place in the Art Song category (ages 21-24) was Bernard Barrett, student of Dr. Lynelle Wiens.   Also taking first in the open category of duets were Hannah Ludwig and David Chavez.   Founded in 1944, (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members in the United States, Canada, and more than twenty-five other countries. 

On the very same day, three students from Pacific - Yelena Dyachek, Sarah Phelan, and Erika Weil - were the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners respectively in the Stockton Opera Guild annual competition held at St. John's Episcopal Church.   Yelena Dyachek and Erika Weil are both students of Daniel Ebbers, and Sarah Phelan is a student of Dr. Lynelle Wiens. 

The previous weekend, Yelena Dyachek participated in the prestigious Pacific Musical Society competition as a finalist in the 21-24 aged category and was awarded second prize.  The competition was hosted by the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

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