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Area students, singers participated Iowa District Student Auditions

December 4, 2011
Messenger News

Area singers participated in the 2011 National Association of Teachers of Singing Iowa District Student Auditions held Oct. 28-29 at Drake University in Des Moines, including Megan Lowe, the daughter of Allison Dencklau and Thomas Lowe and a junior at St. Edmond High School; Haley Stockdale, a junior at Humboldt High School and the daughter of Rachel Stockdale and Joe Stockdale; Kyle Roeder and Izaak Plunkett.

Each student was required to perform three memorized art songs and received written critiques from a panel of judges based on their performance.

All students represented McSweeny's School of the Performing Arts and were selected by private voice instructor MaryAnn McSweeny-Buhr to participate.

Three hundred high school, undergraduate and graduate school singers from college, university and private voice studios across Iowa participated in the two-day event. The event concluded with final auditions held on Saturday morning in Sheslow Auditorium.

Roeder was selected by a panel of judge's during the preliminary auditions to advance to the semi-final round in the High School Men's Division. He was also selected by a panel of judge's during the semi-final round to advance as an honorable mention finalist. He is the son of Jeff and Kim Roeder, and a junior at Jefferson-Scranton High School.

Plunkett also advanced to the semi-final round in the High School Men's Division. A senior at Spirit Lake High School, he is the son of Dave and Jan Plunkett.

Leslie Nagel, Fort Dodge, provided piano accompaniments for this vocal competition.



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