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Vocalist completing award-filled four years at WMU

June 21, 2005

KALAMAZOO--Molly Crookedacre of East Lansing, Mich., had an award-filled four years as a vocal performance major in the School of Music at Western Michigan University and will soon be moving on to even greater accomplishments.

As a member of WMU's award-winning University Chorale, Crookedacre traveled to Europe in May, where the ensemble performed in Italy and took second place at the International Choral Competition in Varna, Bulgaria. She had previously traveled to Europe with the group as a freshman, in 2002, where the University Chorale became the first American ensemble to win the Grand Prize at the International Robert Schumann Choral Competition in Germany.

Her May trip to Europe was her second in 10 months. In July 2004, with $5,000 in scholarship support from WMU, she studied for several weeks at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, and won third place among 58 competitors in the AIMS Meistersinger vocal competition.

Crookedacre won first place among senior women at the National Association of Teachers of Singing state competition held in April at Grand Valley State University. She has taken first or second place in state and regional NATS competitions each of her four years at WMU.

After completing her bachelor's degree in August, Crookedacre will travel to Boston, where she has been accepted for graduate studies in vocal music at the prestigious New England Conservatory. She plans to pursue a career in opera and aspires to someday perform with the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

Crookedacre is a 2001 graduate of Haslett (Mich.) High School and the daughter of Dennis and Pamela Crookedacre of East Lansing.

Media contact: Thom Myers, 269 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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