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Three Rivers graduate Mason German recently advanced to round two in the Upper Division of the Schmidt Vocal Arts Online Competition Undergraduate Awards. The competition culminates in an online master class, and the awards ceremony will be live-streamed on February 12.

German, a tenor, is currently a Bachelor of Music Education student at Central Methodist University and entered the competition through a two-plus-two program of studies on the Three Rivers College Poplar Bluff campus.

“It is an honor to advance in the company of students from major conservatories and universities throughout the United States,” said Sheri Mitchell, instructor of voice with Three Rivers College and Central Methodist University in Poplar Bluff.

The competition featured two divisions, Upper and Lower. Upper division singers are in their fifth through eighth semester of vocal study at the undergraduate level. This division will feature four winners, each receiving a $5,000 cash award. Finalist will be awarded $650, and Encouragement Award Winners will receive $300.

Three Rivers offers an Associate of Arts degree in Music for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to major in Music and an Associate of Arts in Teaching – Music Education degree for students who want to transfer into Central Methodist University’s completion program, offered at the Three Rivers College Poplar Bluff campus, to earn a Bachelor of Music Education Degree. Both the AA and AAT degree programs provide an affordable way to fulfill general education requirements and to explore a variety of performance opportunities. Students can specialize in choir or instrumental music. There are courses for ensembles and private instruction. There also are music scholarship opportunities for both music majors and non-majors. Students do not need to major in music to enroll in music ensembles.

For more information about the Three Rivers College Music Department, call 573-840-9639.

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