In Awards and Achievements, School of Music

Abigail Ketch, Diane Reich, Courtney Lawson and Josie Larsen (left to right) attended the Classical Singer National Convention Competition. (Logan Ketch)

BYU professor Diane Reich accompanied three students to a national vocal competition

Members of the BYU School of Music made a favorable impression on and off the stage at the annual Classical Singer National Convention Competition, which took place in Chicago at the end of May this year. 

The Classical Singer National Convention Competition is a multi-round elimination contest for both students and non-students. BYU students Josie Larsen, Abigail Yingling Ketch and Courtney Lawson competed in this year’s convention. All three passed the preliminary round, qualifying them to continue to the national round.

“Any opportunity to perform, get feedback and experience the discipline of the profession is very valuable,” said vocal performance professor Diane Reich. “Classical Singer Music (CSMUSIC) is one of the prominent organizations for rising singers in our country. Our students were seen by numerous universities and vocal programs — exposure which could be beneficial after their studies at BYU.”

Reich and fellow BYU vocal performance professor Darrell Babidge mentored the three students and supported them as they competed against some of the top classical singers in the country.

“I know how hard these students work all year long, so it was wonderful to see them apply their training in a competitive situation — and do well,” said Reich. 

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