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Wilson wins Virginia Chapman Voice Competition
|Winners of the 2008 Virginia Chapman Voice Competition at Brewton-Parker College are (from left) Carey Wilson, first place; Dallas Wilke, second; and Amanda “Mandy” Madson. (Photo provided)
By Kelley M. Arnold
Interim Director of Marketing
MOUNT VERNON—Six Brewton-Parker College (BPC) students competed for the top $1,000 prize in the 2008 Virginia Chapman Voice Competition Saturday, March 8. Carey D. Wilson IV of Macon, a baritone, won the coveted first place cash prize.
Baritone E. Dallas Wilke of Elkton, Fla., took second place ($600) and soprano Amanda “Mandy” Madson of Jacksonville, Fla., placed third ($400).
Wilson performed “Bravo, signor padrone!” and “Se vuol ballare” from “Le Nozze di Figaro” by Wolfgang A. Mozart and “Honor and Arms” by George F. Handel.
The Chapman Music Scholarship was established through the generosity of the Chapman family of Vidalia in recognition and remembrance of Virginia Chapman (1936-1998) and her love of music. To further encourage excellence in vocal performance at Brewton-Parker, $2,000 of the scholarship is given as cash awards to the first, second and third place winners of The Virginia Chapman Voice Competition.
The afternoon’s competition was judged by three members of Georgia’s music community. Diane Ricks is a Savannah native who received her master’s degree in vocal performance and her doctorate in vocal performance at the Shenandoah Conservatory. She is an active vocal performer and a member of the Savannah-based Lyric Arts Ensemble. Richard Kosowski is an assistant professor of music at Mercer University in Macon and a seasoned opera performer. Les Taylor teaches voice and has performed professionally in venues ranging from opera to musical theatre.
Contestants in the competition, in addition to the winners, included BPC vocal performance students Brett Boggus, baritone; Monroe Bennett, tenor; and Steven Hopper, bass. Students were accompanied by Brandon Herrington, BPC staff, on the piano.
Brewton-Parker College is the only four-year accredited Christian college in south Georgia. To learn more about the Division of Music, contact secretary Jennifer Blaylock at 912-583-3136.