Webster Music Student Takes Top Spot at CRESCENDO! Opera Program

Anna Edwards extends her arm to sing a note.

Edwards as Suor Genovieffa in the January Opera Studio production of Un po' di Puccini (A little Puccini).

Webster University voice students recently participated in CRESCENDO!, a collegiate enrichment program run by Union Avenue Opera. The program culminated on March 3 with a recital and scholarship presentation on the Union Avenue Opera stage.  
Anna Edwards placed first and received the John J. Prcic Memorial Scholarship. Edwards is a Webster University sophomore majoring in vocal performance and is a voice student of Jacob Lassetter.  
Webster students Elizabeth Button, Riley Cameron, Holly Connor, Hana Hiromitsu, Olivia Knopf, Lauren Miles, Audrey Sondag, Keira Quintana, and Emma Wittenauer also participated in the program. 
CRESCENDO! is a free, hands-on, performance-based training program developed to further the education of local artists still young in their careers as they prepare to join the St. Louis art community. 
Webster University Department of Music faculty also participated in the program. Adjunct professors Sandra Geary and Nancy Mayo served as vocal coaches. Geary also coached and played for the third-place performance, and Mayo coached and played for the second-place performance.  
Karen Kanakis, adjunct associate professor of music, and Jacob Lassetter, director of Opera Studio and acting director of vocal studies, taught Italian Diction. Kanakis also taught the third-place winner in masterclass and Lassetter taught the second-place winner in masterclass. 
Alice Nelson, former director of Opera Studio, taught German and French diction. 
Scott Schoonover, conductor of the Webster Opera Studio January production, is the artistic director of Union Avenue Opera.  
For more information about Union Avenue Opera and the CRESCENDO! enrichment program, visit unionavenueopera.org

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