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Catholic University Music Students
Take First, Second in Opera Competition

April 3, 1998


Two undergraduate music majors at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., recently won first and second place in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Middle Atlantic Regional Auditions.

Amanda Gosier, a senior from Silver Spring, Md., and a member of St. Michael's parish, placed first in the competition, held at the National Gallery of Art in Washington. Fabiana A. Bravo of Washington, D.C., formerly from Argentina, placed second. Bravo is the 1995 winner of the International Luciano Pavarotti Voice Competition and has performed with the Summer Opera Theatre Company, based in Washington, D.C.

As the first-place winner, Gosier advanced to the finals in New York City, where she competed in the first round. Elaine Walter, dean of Catholic University's Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, said, "At Ms. Gosier's young age (21), it was the experience that counted most. She did a beautiful job and received excellent comments, advice and encouragement."

Benjamin T. Rome School of Music is the only university music school in the nation's capital. The school offers degree programs at all levels and sponsors more than 300 concerts and recitals annually. Graduates are found in every major orchestra in the United States and work throughout the world as performers, music educators, liturgical musicians and arts administrators.

The school houses The Summer Opera Theatre Company and hosts the Washington Suzuki Institute each year. The Division of Musical Arts, a preparatory and continuing education division, provides extensive music instruction for children and adults.

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