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NMSU students win top awards at music conference

Two New Mexico State University students won top honors at the New Mexico Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing conference. Seven other NMSU students also placed in the competition, held Feb. 4-6 in Albuquerque.


Marcos Vigil, a December 1998 NMSU graduate, won first place in the graduate men category. Michael McCalla placed first in the senior men category.

Vigil also was voted Most Promising Singer, an award that is voted on by every faculty member at the NATS conference. The New Mexico chapter of NATS includes teachers of high schools, universities and private studios throughout New Mexico and El Paso.

Other NMSU students who won included: freshman women - Anna Lenhardt, 2nd place; sophomore women - Joan Sallee, 2nd place, and Annie Pennies, 3rd place; junior men - Curtis Daulton, 3rd place; junior women - Megan McQueen, 2nd place; senior women - Amanda Husson, 2nd place and senior men - Josh McDowell, 2nd place.

"Each student in the competition is required to sing both art songs and arias, and must sing in at least three different languages," assistant music professor Martha Rowe said.