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(Dec. 6, 2012) -- Twenty-eight UTSA voice students and faculty recently competed at the National Association of Teachers of Singing regional conference in Denton. The UTSA student honors included one finalist and 17 semifinalists. Two faculty members were selected for the conference artist series.

More than 600 hundred singers from Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico competed in the student auditions category. Twenty-one undergraduates and 7 graduate students competed in the preliminary audition rounds. Kristin Richards, under the direction of UTSA Associate Professor Diana Allan, reached the finals. Seventeen students made it to the semi-finals.

For the conference artist series, Diana Allan presented "Empowering Performers: What Can I Do?" UTSA lecturer Catherine Nix teamed with student pianist Anna Hakobyan for her presentation, "Visiting Emily: Song Settings of the Poems of Emily Dickinson."

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UTSA semi-finalists were:

Alexa Nichols, sophomore student of Professor Linda Poetschke
Ariana Reyna, graduate student of Poetschke
Jaclyn Rivera, junior student of Poetschke
Jesus DeHoyos, graduate student of Poetschke
Melissa Monaghan, senior student of Poetschke
Regina Branford, senior student of Poetschke
Elise Miller, sophomore student of Associate Professor Diana Allan
Jyron Jospeh, freshmen, student of Allan
Myrna Peralez, sophomore student of Allan
Rachel Pena, sophomore student of Allan
Rob Saldana, junior student of Allan
Samantha Serrano, freshmen student of Allan
Sierra Wynder, sophomore student of Associate Professor Gary Mabry
Hailey Smith, sophomore student of Mabry
LaQuette Barksdale, junior student of Mabry
Madonna Gil, graduate student of Assistant Professor Susan Olson

 

 

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Football standouts make Roadrunner history

For Ashaad Mabry and Triston Wade, football is not just a passing fancy. Both players were part of the UTSA football program almost from the beginning. When UTSA opens the 2015 season Thursday at Arizona, it will be the first time the Roadrunners take the field without them. But Mabry and Wade will still be playing football; their uniforms will just be a different color.

Mabry, a defensive tackle from San Antonio's MacArthur High School, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection his final two seasons as a Roadrunner and second among the team's defensive linemen with 49 tackles last year. Wade, a defensive back from Tyler, was the most decorated player in school history. He was a semifinalist for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award – for the nation's top defensive back – a three-time all-conference honoree and two-year team captain who set a school record of 293 tackles in his career. Both men had outstanding college careers that allowed them to make UTSA history.

Did you know? Mabry and Wade both agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, becoming the first UTSA players to move to the professional ranks.

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