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March 27, 2008

Birmingham-Southern music students record success in competitions

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern College music students Timothy Beenken, Shelby Bowling and Hanna Ellington have achieved recent success at the district and regional level.

Beenken, a junior music performance major from Vestavia, and Bowling, a junior music major from Daphne, placed in the National Career Award Competition in Voice, which is an annual competition by the National Society of Arts and Letters (NSAL). Singers between the ages of 21 and 30 from across the Southeast competed in this regional competition held on the BSC campus earlier this month. Beenken finished second and Bowling finished third.

Ellington, a sophomore music major from Pelham, was named the winner in the Birmingham Metropolitan Opera Auditions. This local competition was one of 45 districts within 15 regionals throughout the U.S. and Canada. She later competed at the regional level in Memphis, Tenn., placing sixth out of 11.

Beenken also participated in the Birmingham Metropolitan Opera Auditions where he won on Encouragement Award.
The objective of NSAL, a nonprofit volunteer organization founded in 1944 to create opportunities for young artists, is to encourage and assist promising young artists through competitions, scholarships and other career opportunities and to promote a greater public interest in the creative arts.

The Birmingham Metropolitan Opera Auditions is a district of the Metropolitan National Council Auditions held annually. Winners compete at the regional level for a trip to New York to participate in the national semifinals held on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera.

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

Bowling is the daughter of Arthur and Gordon Bowling of Mobile. She is a graduate of Murphy High School.

Ellington is a graduate of Episcopal High School and the daughter of James and Meagan Ellington of Pelham.



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