posted February 23, 2008

Hope Students are Finalists in Opera Competition

Hope College seniors Isaac Droscha of Mason and Meghan Moore of South Bend, Ind., were named finalists in the Opera Grand Rapids Collegiate Competition held on Friday, Feb. 22, at Calvin College in Grand Rapids.

They are two of nine finalists chosen from among 23 contestants from Hope; Aquinas College; Calvin College; Grand Rapids Community College; and Grand Valley State University.

They and the other finalists will compete in the final round scheduled for Sunday, March 30, at 7 p.m. at Kreschmer Recital Hall in the Art and MusicCenter at AquinasCollege. The public is invited to attend the event, and admission is free.

They will also be featured singers in a master class with renowned mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade at the St. Cecilia Society in Grand Rapids on Wednesday, March 26.

Both Droscha and Moore have earned a variety of honors at regional and statewide singing competitions during their time at Hope, including during the National Association of Teachers of Singing Michigan State Chapter Auditions. They are both also previous finalists in the Opera Grand Rapids Collegiate Competition, Droscha in 2006, and Moore in 2006 and 2007.

Droscha and Moore both study with Linda LeFever Dykstra, who is an associate professor of music and chair of the voice division at Hope. They will each be featured soloists during the department of music's annual "Musical Showcase" concert being presented in DeVos Hall in Grand Rapids on Monday, March 3.