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UNI students win first place at vocal competition

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Bob Byrnes, administrative assistant, UNI School of Music, (319) 273-2028
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Two University of Northern Iowa students took first place at the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) District Competition held in November at Wartburg College in Waverly.

Lynelle Keeney, senior vocal performance major from Burlington, and daughter of Bruce and Becky Keeney, was the first place winner in the Division III-A senior women's competition, and Sarah Carlson, sophomore vocal performance major from Rockwell City, and daughter of Thomas and Nancy Carlson, was the first place winner in the Division III-A sophomore women's competition.

Keeney's performance piece was 'Salce, salce' from Verdi's Otello. Her vocal instructor is Leslie Morgan, UNI associate professor of music. Carlson performed three pieces including 'Quando m'en Vo' by Puccini, 'The Road to Avrille' by Lekberg and 'Apres un Reve' by Faure. Her vocal instructor is Jean McDonald, UNI associate professor of music.

Nearly 40 students competed against Keeney and Carlson in each of their divisions.