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Nineteen SOCSA students competed in the Musical Theater Competition of America this month in Anaheim. Seven received vocal soloist recognition. Photo: Courtesy
Nineteen SOCSA students competed in the Musical Theater Competition of America this month in Anaheim. Seven received vocal soloist recognition. Photo: Courtesy

By Dana Point Times

Seven students from the South Orange County School of the Arts at Dana Hills High School received vocal soloist recognition at the Musical Theater Competition of America on Feb. 7 and 8 in Anaheim.

Emerson Taylor, junior, and Sarah Tweed, freshman, received first-place awards. Freshman Emmy Fry took second-place honors, junior Siena Brown took third, and Taylor Evan, freshman, earned a fourth-place award. Only two soloists were selected as the Outstanding Male and Outstanding Female Vocalists, and those honors went to senior Chris Tusan and sophomore Ashley Patrick.

Siena Mehta, Sophie Lindborg and Emerson Taylor were chosen from over 350 performers at a professional level “cattle call” facilitated by industry experts to receive special training and then be featured in a production number.

A total of 19 students, led by SOCSA instructor Samantha Sanford, competed in solo, duet, and ensemble categories and attended workshops and performance reviews by industry professionals at this national event.

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