SPARTANBURG, S.C.– Converse College student Teri Ann Johnson claimed first place honors in the vocal component of the recent Athena 2001 Festival and Competition.
Competing with eight singers at the advanced level in the vocal competition, Teri’s 25 minute performance included works by a virtual who’s who among female composers. “I chose songs by Libby Larsen, Clara Schuman, Nadia Boulanger, and Katherine K. Davis,” Teri said.
Susan Kane, founder and director of the festival, says she was particularly impressed with Teri’s stage presence. “Not only does she have a wonderful voice,” says Susan, “but watching Teri onstage is an absolute delight.”
The Athena Festival and Competition is held every two years at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky and serves as an opportunity to showcase the works and talents of women composers. Competition events are open to participants from around the country.
Teri is a graduate student in the Petrie School of Music at Converse and is studying voice performance. She also has an assistantship in voice and opera at Converse.