One current PLNU student and two recent alumni have been recognized by the Metropolitan Opera National Council, and two of the three will be going on to compete at the regional level with the hope of advancing to the national finals.

Soprano Christen Horne, a senior music and biology double major at PLNU, and mezzo-soprano Karin Wilcox, a PLNU mathematics alum from San Diego, won first place awards of $1,000 each at the Metropolitan Opera National Council (MONC) Auditions in San Diego on Oct. 1. Both will compete in the MONC Western Regional Finals on October 21 and 22 in Los Angeles. If they advance, the national finals take place onstage at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City in March 2012. Horne and Wilcox are both students of PLNU associate professor of music Dr. John Craig Johnson

The MONC auditions were held for the second time at Crill Performance Hall on the campus of PLNU. The auditions are open to singers between the ages of 20 and 30 who attend school or are citizens of the United States or Canada. This year’s competition attracted singers from as far away as Philadelphia and New York City.

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