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