May 10, 2007
The Morningside College Music Department has announced the winners of the 2007 Elizabeth Sammons Voice Scholarship competition held Thursday, April 19, on the college campus.
The recipients of the Sammons Award in Voice, their hometowns, and voice instructors are:
First place – Annika Kolbo (left), freshman from Sioux City, Iowa, student of Kate Saulsbury, adjunct instructor of music at Morningside.
Second place – Joshua Phipps, freshman from Larchwood, Iowa, student of Saulsbury.
Honorable mention – Brandon Shostak, a senior from Le Mars, Iowa, student of Dr. Gail Dooley, associate professor of music at Morningside.
First and second place winners will receive a monetary reward that can be used to defray costs of applied voice lesson fees for the coming academic year.
Students participating in the competition are judged on their performance of two songs and/or arias.
Darla Earnest, soprano and adjunct professor of voice at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, served as adjudicator for this year’s competition. Earnest has performed on opera and musical theater stages internationally. She also serves as curatorial assistant at the National Music Museum at the University of South Dakota. Earnest received her master’s degree from Bethel University in St. Paul, Minn.
The Elizabeth Sammons Voice Scholarship competition has been held annually since the 1960s and is open to all students of voice at Morningside College. The scholarship is named in honor of Elizabeth Sammons, a longtime Sioux City resident.