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County vocalist earns top honor

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Elizabeth Maurey
TERRE HAUTE -- Three vocalists, including one from Clay County, took home top honors at the William E. Schmidt Youth Vocal Competition, Indiana, recently.

The event took place at the Indiana State University Center for Performance and Fine Arts. Competition slots were filled past capacity as 37 contestants vied for more than $5,000 in cash prizes.

Eleven of the 37 contestants received cash prizes at Indiana's 16th competition. Many prizes were awarded to finalists and semifinalists, including Encouragement, Most Promising Sophomore, Broadway Bound and Audience Favorite awards.

The top three finalists selected from the competition were Clay County resident Elizabeth Maurey, along with Ben Smith and Rebecca Farley.

Maurey won the competition while Smith placed second and Farley was third.

Maurey is the daughter of Ron and Julia Maurey, Brazil, and is a junior at Northview High School. The soprano is the student of voice teacher Michael Boswell of St. Mary-of-the-Woods College. She was awarded $2,000 for winning first.

Smith is from Evansville while Farley is from Henderson, Ky.

The William E. Schmidt Youth Vocal Competition was established to encourage and nurture the pursuits of young people in the arts. Distinguished professors of voice and opera from major universities around the country judge the competitions and present a master class for the contestants. To be eligible to compete, students secure nominations from their coaches or choral directors. Past winners of the Schmidt Youth Vocal Competition have gone on to pursue musical degrees and careers.

The competition began in 1992 in Evansville and recently relocated to Terre Haute. Two other competitions sites have been added since, in Florida and Kentucky.

Funding for the competition comes from the William E. Schmidt Foundation.

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