The vocal talents and community engagement of two students from “The Hill” recently received accolades at a celebratory music gathering sponsored in part by the internationally renowned Washington National Opera.
Christopher E. Cole (left) and Deric Jackson (r) represented Alabama A&M University as competent participants in an event coordinated by the noted 105 Voices of History HBCU National Concert Choir. The organization’s National Soloist Award activity was held June 27-30 in celebration of African-American Music Month at the Washington National Opera Studio.
In recognition of “off-stage” performance, Jackson earned a national citation for and recognition for AAMU owing to his volunteer and community service work over the past year, while Cole achieved an important distinction for his performance in the National Soloist Award event.
“Chris did a phenomenal job,” commented Shonda Devine (above, center), AAMU assistant professor of voice. According to Devine, Cole, a native of Camden, Ala., was the youngest of five finalists and endured three intense days of master classes to earn second place honors and $1,500.
Devine also praised Jackson’s accomplishment which, she said, made him an excellent ambassador for the university. Jackson is a senior finance major who hails from Birmingham, Ala.
- Jerome Saintjones