Clark student wins 1st Place at national voice competition

Clark University student Jacqueline Savageau, of Holden, celebrates her First Place win at the 2015 National Voice Competition July 7. She’s joined by her voice instructor, mezzo-soprano Julie Krugman. Clark University student Jacqueline Savageau, of Holden, celebrates her First Place win at the 2015 National Voice Competition July 7. She’s joined by her voice instructor, mezzo-soprano Julie Krugman.

Talk about starting the summer on a high note!

Clark University student Jacqueline Savageau recently won First Place at the 2015 National Voice Competition, hosted by the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) in Greensboro, N.C., July 7.

After submitting a video audition to the New England Regional Competition in February, Savageau placed 1st in the New England Region in the College Women's Musical Theater Division. She then progressed to the national competition and was one of 14 semifinalists chosen to compete in a live concert at the University of North Carolina, where she placed first in the College/Private Music Theater Women category. Along with her certificate, she was awarded a $1,200 prize. Her winning performance was “The Life of the Party” from the roaring ’20s-set  musical "The Wild Party.”

At Clark, Savageau majors in environmental science and Theater Arts. She is a member of Clark Musical Theatre, a student-led campus organization, and has appeared in “Young Frankenstein” and “Cabaret.” She recently played the major role of Eponine in a Theater at the Mount production of “Les Miserables.”

You can watch a video of Jacqueline Savageau’s audition performance online.

As for the future and career pursuits, it’s awfully early to pin her down, but, she says she has long had a passion for environmentalism along with theater and song. “Clark is really good at not forcing you to give up one or the other,” she says.

Savageau began studying voice last fall under the instruction of mezzo-soprano Julie Krugman, an adjunct professor at Worcester State University and Dean College, who also is a NATS Board member.

Savageau is a 2014 graduate of Wachusett Regional High School, in Holden, MA, where she was president of the Chamber Choir and also a member of the Honors All-girl Choir.

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