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Jessica Lustenberger and Azalea Laredo (Senior and Junior Music Performance Voice majors respectively) were the two recipients of the Aspiring Artist Summer Program Grant awarded by the South Texas Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Meagan Contreras, (Senior Music Education) will be one of 18 university student conductors selected to participate at the 2013 Texas Choral Directors Association conference.

Azalea Laredo (Junior, Music Performance) participated in both the Greensboro Light Opera and Song program, and the Up North Vocal Institute in Boyne City, Michigan.

The South Texas - National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition was held at UT San Antonio in April 2013 and the UTB Voice Area was well represented! Finalists included:

  • Jessica Lustenberger, 1st place (Advanced College Women)
  • Nohemi Loza, 2nd place (Advanced College Women)
  • Ricky Garcia, 2nd place (Sophomore Men)
  • Aaron Bravo, 3rd place (Freshman Men)
  • Valeria Ontiveros, 3rd place (Adult Advanced)
  • Alexa Salas, 6th place (Freshman Women)

Connie Lopez (Sophomore, Music Education), Peter Porras (Junior, Music Education), and Cristian Torres (Senior, Music Education) all participated in the Druid City Opera Workshop in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Jessica Lustenberger (Senior, Music Performance) participated in the Emerging Artist Program at OperaWorks in Los Angeles, California.


Dr. Nicole Asel, Assistant Professor of Music, worked as a vocal coach and artistic administrator on the new children’s musical “Rose Red” in Boulder Colorado and presented a series of recitals in Fort Collins and Boulder, Colorado this summer.

Dr. Daniel Hunter-Holly, Assistant Professor of Music, participated in two collaborative presentations as part of the South Central and Great Lakes regional College Music Society conferences in March 2013. He was recently elected as Vice President of Auditions for the South Texas Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Starting in Fall 2013, Mrs. Carol Sachs will become the Interim Director of Choral Studies at UTB.

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