Music students and faculty shine at winter conferences

Two music students standing in front of their presentations

During the winter break, music students Marina Malcolm and Christopher Rodriguez presented at national conferences. Dr. Maria S. Briggs-Okunev was also with them and presented. 

Marina Malcolm with two kids in front of her presentation

Malcom, music as liberal art major, presented her research on prenatal music therapy titled “Writing Opera for the Unborn” at the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) conference in Hayward, Calif. and at the National Opera Association conference in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Marina Malcolm sits next to her presentation

Rodriguez, master in vocal performance, presented at the NATS conference on vocal repertoire for baritones titled “Introducing new competition repertoire for young baritones: vocal writing Georgy Sviridov.” He also competed in the vocal competition involving over 400 students from all over the country, advancing to the national level competition. 

Christopher Rodriguez singing

Dr. Briggs-Okunev, soprano and assistant professor of Voice, also presented at NATS on Russian diction with Rodriguez as her demonstration singer. 

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The College of Arts and Humanities provides a diverse student population with the communication skills, humanistic values and cultural awareness that form the foundation of scholarship. The college offers intellectual and artistic programs that engage students and faculty and the community in collaboration, dialog and discovery. These programs help preserve, illuminate and nourish the arts and humanities for the campus and for the wider community.

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