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B-CU Students Bring Home Top Rankings in the National Association for Teachers of Singing Competition

STUDENTS FROM THE B-CU CONCERT CHORALE AND MUSIC DEPARTMENT COMPETED AGAINST SEVERAL CENTRAL FLORIDA PRIVATE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES FOR THE NATIONAL COMPETITION

More recently, several B-CU students brought home top rankings during the National Association for Teachers of Singing (NATS) Competition at the University of Central Florida (UCF). Seven students placed in their division competing against students from Stetson, UCF, Rollins, Valencia, Seminole, and all area private vocal studios:

Chanelle Anderson, Senior Music Major -  1st place Upper Division, Musical Theater, College Women; Marcus Anderson, Sophomore Music Recording Technology Major -  3rd place Lower Division, Classical, College Men; Ayanna-Mone Arnold, Sophomore Music Major - 3rd place Lower Division, Classical, College Women; Ariah Brown, Junior Music Education Major - 1st place Upper Division, Classical, College Women; Derrick Bynum, Sophomore Music Major - 1st place Lower Division, Classical, College Men; Alante' Thomas, Freshman Religion & Philosophy Major - 3rd place Lower Division, Classical, College Men; and E’Lexis Wiley, Sophomore Music Major -  1st place Advanced Division, Classical, College Women.

Fourteen students performed overall for the event. Members of the B-CU Concert Chorale and Music Department prepared for the competition with faculty members Curtis Rayam, Jr., Zohaniris Torres and Damon Dandridge.

For more information, contact Marion Hundley, Associate Professor of Music, 386-481-2745 or hundleym@cookman.edu

For media inquiries, contact Ursula James, Communications Specialist, 386-481-2975 or jamesu@cookman.edu

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Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit www.cookman.edu.