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For Immediate Release
April 3, 2014

Mann Second at Scott Memorial Competition;
Wins Audience Choice Award

Music Instructor

Moreno Valley College music instructor Natalie Mann was runner-up in the David W. Scott Memorial Competition this past weekend. She was, however, the audience's top pick, claiming the Audience Choice Award.

Scott was an award-winning singer and director who passed away in 2012 at the age of 82 following a car accident. He had led the Cal State Northridge Opera Theater for 30 years, and many of his students went on to professional singing careers. This year, the staff of Center Stage Opera honored Scott by creating the vocal competition.

After weeks of performances, Mann was one of 13 finalists. In the end, Robert Norman was named the competition's winner, with Mann second and Aumna Iqbal third.

"Being selected as a winner by a panel of prestigious judges is always a pleasure, but it is the Audience Award that means the most to me," Mann said. "The confirmation that my singing connects with the audience in such a powerful way fulfills my main goal in performing-to bring the audience into that moment of beauty with me."

A part-time instructor at MVC since the spring of 2013, Mann has performed as a lyric soprano in Europe and Australia. In 2011 she performed in China with the South Shore Orchestra. She is the recipient of a Metropolitan Opera Encouragement Award, and released her first commercial CD, "Experience," in November 2013. Mann earned a doctorate in music at Indiana University in Vocal Performance and a master's degree in Creative Arts from the University of Wollongong in Australia.

To view Mann's performance in the competition finals, visit the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfG_0BabstM&feature=youtu.be.

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