Vocal Performance major Michael Hilton wins regional singing competition

The senior from Portland captures top honors in Eugene.

Pacific University senior Michael Hilton recently captured 1st place in the advanced men's division at the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) regional competition held at the University of Oregon in Eugene.

Hilton, a double major in vocal performance and business management, earned top billing from a panel of three judges after successfully performing four pieces during a 15-minute period, three of which were "off book."

Pacific Professor and Director of Choral Activities Scott Tuomi said Hilton performed exceptionally well against singers with considerably more experience. Tuomi credited Pacific Music Instructor Janet Coleman for an “amazing accompanist performance.”

Per competition requirements, Hilton's performance included an aria piece, a pre-18th Century piece, a 19th Century art song and one contemporary piece.

"Music has been my life since I was a kid," Hilton said. "I played sports and did other things, but I took a strong interest in music."

Hilton has been a member of Pacific's Chamber Singers, Choral Choir and male A cappella group Splendid Audacity since first enrolling at Pacific in 2007.

He is an active musician outside of the University as well. He is a member three ensembles based in Portland: St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church Choir, Cantores in Ecclesia and the Portland Vocal Consort.

He is the second Pacific vocalist this year to earn a regional honor. Fellow Chamber Singer and Splendid Audacity member Ben España, a sophomore from Newberg, captured one of just two student composition awards bestowed by Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble to entrants from throughout the Northwest last fall for his piece "When God Decided to Invent," based on the EE Cummings poem.

Splendid Audacity and second-year female A cappella group Voce Femme will perform during the same concert for the first time on Friday evening, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center on the Forest Grove campus.

Voce Femme will perform 12 songs and Splendid Audacity will follow with 16 renditions. Tickets are $7 general admission and $5 for students, faculty, staff and senior citizens.

Posted by Joe Lang (jlang@pacificu.edu) on May 6, 2011 at 8:52 AM

Edited by Stephanie Haugen (haug7381@pacificu.edu) on May 1, 2012 at 4:58 PM

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