Lycoming College vocalists place in regional competition

Two Lycoming College vocalists placed in the top three and one placed in the top eight of their respective divisions during a singing contest sponsored by the National Association of Teachers of Singing last fall at Susquehanna University.

Erik Homberger was named a finalist for the men’s freshmen division, Melissa Bilza was selected as a finalist in the women’s freshmen division, and Liza Gallen was selected as a semi-finalist for the junior female division.

“We took some of our best vocalists to the event and are proud of each student’s poise and performance throughout the competition,” said Chris Jackson, D.M.A., choir director and assistant professor of music. “Our faculty commends all of them for their hard work and dedication.”

The two Lycoming finalists were honored for their accomplishments by being asked to perform one of their pieces in a final concert for all those attending and participating in the competition.

The National Association of Teachers of Singing hosts the competitions every November to showcase the talented singers and performers. Competitors must present three to five memorized pieces of music to a panel of judges. About thirty vocalists audition in each division; divisions are based on gender and class year. Judges average each contestant’s audition scores to determine whether or not they qualify as a finalist. Only scores of 90 and above are asked to proceed to the finals round. It is not uncommon for entire divisions to have only one or even none of the participants score above 90.

The students from Lycoming College had the opportunity to compete against students from colleges and universities throughout the Allegheny Mountain region including Pennsylvania schools like Lycoming, Pennsylvania State University, Mansfield University, Bucknell University and Susquehanna University.

Lycoming students who participated in the competition:
Elise Matalavage, senior with a major in music education
William Thomas, senior with a major in music education
Robert Hoffman, junior with a major in music education and digital communications
Liza Gallen, junior with a dual major in music and corporate communications
Brooke Spicer, sophomore with a major in music education
Patrick Intallura, sophomore with a major in music
Melisa Bilza, freshman with a dual major in music and corporate communications
Erik Homberger, freshman with a dual major in psychology and biology

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