Student earns award at New Orleans vocal competition

Friday, October 20, 2017 William N. Dopp
by: Rene Abadie

TALENTED SENIOR – William N. Dopp, a senior at Loranger High School, practices under the direction of Southeastern Professor Stephen Rushing. Dopp, who participates in the university’s Gifted and Talented Youth Program, recently earned second place in the Wood Vocal Competition held in New Orleans.  

     HAMMOND – A Loranger High School student enrolled in Southeastern Louisiana University’s Gifted and Talented Youth Program won second place in the Donald W. Wood Sr. Vocal Competition held recently in New Orleans.
     William N. Dopp, 18, a LSH senior and vocal student working under Southeastern Professor of Vocal Arts Stephen Rushing, performed “The Vagabond” by Vaughan Williams in the first round. In the second round, he sang “Gute Nacht” by Franz Schubert.
     Rushing said Dopp is an excellent student with great potential. Last year, Dopp placed first in the Wood Vocal Competition, which is a collaboration of the New Orleans Opera Association, Loyola University College of Music and Fine Arts, the Tulane University Department of Music, and the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. Started in 2015, the Wood Competition promotes artistic excellence and provides financial support to young vocalists.
     Dopp, who was awarded $500 in the competition, has taken courses for college credit at Southeastern for the past two years and plans to attend Southeastern next fall to pursue his degree in vocal performance.
     “Dr. Rushing is a phenomenal teacher and has worked with me for the past year,” said Dopp.
     The Southeastern Gifted and Talented Youth Program allows students to earn college credit while still in high school. Participants are selected based on high intellectual or creative abilities and demonstrated maturity to achieve in an adult competitive setting.

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