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June 10, 2009

Birmingham-Southern alumnus and Conservatory faculty member Daniel Seigel wins young artists competition

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern College Conservatory voice faculty member and baritone Daniel Seigel, a 2002 BSC graduate, was a winner in the National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist Competition. He was announced the winner in the men's voice category of the national competition following the final round at its summer convention in Orlando, Fla., on June 3. The prize included $10,000 and concert bookings nationwide for the next two years.Daniel Seigel

For his winning performance, Seigel chose Samuel Barber's song cycle “Despite and Still” and “Hai gia vinta la causa” from “Le Nozze di Figaro” by Mozart. He was joined in concert by the winners in the three other competition categories including voice, strings and piano.

After earning his undergraduate degree from BSC, Seigel went on to earn a master of music in voice and the graduate performance diploma in opera from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University in 2007. He served as director of the musical theatre program and an adjunct voice faculty member at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, N.Y., prior to returning to Birmingham. In addition to his current position in the BSC Conservatory, he coordinates the educational outreach program and is chorus master for Opera Birmingham. He is also a soloist at Canterbury United Methodist Church and a member of the professional vocal ensemble Sursum Corda and continues to perform professional opera and concerts with symphony orchestras nationally.

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