February 24, 2016

Seven NJCU Students Are Winners In NJ National Association of Teachers of Singing Festival

Jersey City, N.J. — February 24, 2016  Seven New Jersey City University (NJCU) music students have been named winners in the “Festival of Singing 38th Annual Auditions” of the New Jersey National Association of Teachers of Singing (NJNATS).
 
The statewide event, which drew 76 competitors from colleges and universities across the Garden State, was hosted by NJCU this year on Saturday, February 20.
 
Award recipients in the Advanced Upper Women/Men category are NJCU graduate students in performance LeAndre Scott – First Place, who studies with adjunct faculty member John Hancock, and Sarah Blood – Second Place, who studies with Dr. Donna Connolly, NJCU coordinator of graduate studies and vocal studies and NJNATS Festival host.
 
The award winner in the Lower College Music Theater Women/Men category is freshman Kyle Blocker – First Place and in the Upper College Music Theater Women/Men category, the winner is senior Najee Esmond – First Place.  Both undergraduates study with Marc Dalio, NJCU Coordinator of Musical Theatre Studies.
 
Award recipients in the Junior Men category are junior Israel Hernandez – First Place, a voice performance major who studies with Dr. Jerry Forderhase, an adjunct faculty member, and Al-Jabril Muhammad – Second Place, a music education major who studies with Mr. Hancock.
 
An award winner in the Junior Women category is junior Elizabeth Smith – Second Place, a performance major who studies with Dr. Forderhase.
 
“Participating in the Festival is an invaluable experience for NJCU students,” Dr. Connolly said. 
 
She added, “Our students see where they stand comparatively among others at the collegiate level.  As a result, they gain self-confidence and realize they have the talent and necessary skills to be competitive.  We are so proud of their success.”
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ABOUT New Jersey City University (NJCU)
The mission at New Jersey City University (NJCU) is to provide a diverse population with an excellent education. The University is committed to the improvement of the educational, intellectual, cultural, socioeconomic, and physical environment of the surrounding urban region and beyond.  Established in 1927 as a training school for teachers, today NJCU is among the most comprehensive universities in the state.  Located in Jersey City, NJ, and minutes from New York City, NJCU's fully accredited College of Arts and Sciences, Education, Professional Studies, and School of Business offer 43 undergraduate degree programs and 28 master’s programs and 2 doctoral programs, including emerging and interdisciplinary fields.
 
NJCU students engage in rigorous applied-learning experiences that include opportunities to study abroad, and cooperative education internships.  NJCU operates two additional campus sites—NJCU School of Business at Harborside Plaza 2 in Jersey City’s financial district and NJCU at Wall in Monmouth County. 
 
 
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