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March 27, 2008

Birmingham-Southern student accepted to national opera artists' program

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern College junior Timothy Beenken, a music performance major from Vestavia, has been named a 2008 Studio Artist and awarded entrance into the Wolf Trap Summer Opera Studio Artist Program in Vienna, Va., this summer.Birmingham-Southern College junior Timothy Beenken

Beenken is one of 16 singers selected from 793 applicants nationwide. The highly competitive residency program is open to singers of significant potential who are currently undergraduates. Studio artists chosen for the program will sing small roles and chorus in Wolf Trap Opera Company main-stage productions, present a scenes program, and study a rigorous performance-based curriculum.

The Wolf Trap Opera Company, founded in 1971, is America's National Park for the Performing Arts. It has gained worldwide recognition for its summer residency program for young opera singers. This highly selective education program provides invaluable experience for young singers at the start of their professional careers, while producing some of the finest and most critically acclaimed operatic performances in the country.

Beenken is the son of Samuel Beenken of Montevallo and Ruth Beenken of Vestavia. He is a graduate of Indian Springs School.

Beenken was recently featured in the Shelby County Reporter.

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