posted November 3, 1998

Hope Students Earn Honors During Regional Singing Auditions

Several Hope College students earned honors during the National Association of Teachers of Singing Great Lakes Regional Audition, held at Western Michigan University on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30-31.

          A total of 13 Hope students participated, with
  three receiving cash awards as finalists and seven named
  semi-finalists.  There were 340 contestants overall,
  representing colleges from Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, and
  Ontario, Canada.
          Greg Frens, a junior from Grand Rapids, received
  second place in the "Second-Year College Men" category.
  Quincy Marr, a freshman from Gridley, Ill., received first
  place in the "First- and Second-Year College Musical
  Theatre" category.
          Patricia Rhiew, a junior from Farmington Hills,
  received first place in the "Third-Year College Women"
  category.  As the winner in her category, she received a
  scholarship to attend the Aims Institute in Graz, Austria,
  in the summer of 1999.
          The Hope students who were named semi-finalists
  are:  junior Jill Bennink of Holt (Third-Year College
  Women); senior Megan Hicks of Trabuco Canyon, Calif.
  (Fourth-Year College Women); junior Renee Meyer of Mount
  Vernon, Iowa (Third-Year College Women); junior Joni Norwood
  of Twin Lake (Third-Year College Women); junior Katie
  Shelley of Saginaw (Second-Year College Women); sophomore
  Erich Shoemaker of Traverse City (Second-Year College Men)
  and sophomore David Van Der Laan of Lombard, Ill. (Second-
  Year College Men).
          The Hope students are taught by Dr. Stuart Sharp,
  Dr. Margaret Kennedy-Dygas and Professor Linda Dykstra.