April 2015, Volume 19, Number 2

Making Their Mark

Marco Barrios and Victoria Roland
Marco Barrios and Victoria Roland

Songs That Inspire

Three students at Miami Dade College received first-place prizes at the recent South Florida National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) 2015 Student Auditions, which took place at New World School of the Arts at MDC in Downtown Miami.

The NATS competition offers students of NATS members the opportunity to sing before qualified judges, receiving constructive criticism and public recognition for their vocal achievement. This spring, a total of 52 students competed in the 14 classical and music theater categories.

The winners from Miami Dade College, their class ranking and their individual fields of competition include:

  • Marco Sánchez, baritone, First Year College Men Classical, who won the award for most promising male singer in addition to first place in his category
  • Marco Barrios, baritone, First Year College Men Musical Theater
  • Victoria Roland, soprano, Second Year College Women Classical

All three attend Kendall Campus, where they are featured performers in the Opera Theatre Ensemble. Currently in private voice lessons and opera workshop classes with MDC Professor Misty L. Bermúdez, they will graduate in the spring of 2016 with Associate in Arts degrees with a pathway to a degree in music.

“The NATS competition is a great opportunity to receive feedback from recognized voice instructors as well as to hear other talented singers in Miami,” Roland said. “It was encouraging to win my category, and I look forward to participation in the competition in years to come.”  

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