Baylor Music Student Wins National Singing CompetitionOct. 2, 2014
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WACO, Texas (Oct. 2, 2014) –Lindsay Webber, a sophomore vocal performance major in the Baylor School of Music, recently won the “Stand and Be Heard” national anthem singing contest hosted by FMC Agricultural Solutions.
The five-stage competition, which started in March, began with participants submitting videos of their “The Star-Spangled Banner” performances. Online voting determined 20 vocalists who would progress to the semifinals, and a panel of judges chose four finalists. Three weeks of online voting resulted in 19-year-old Webber being named the winner.
Webber said she was amazed to find herself still in the competition with each new round.
“After being told I made the top four, I was literally jumping up and down with excitement,” she said.
In addition to being named the winner, Webber won $10,000 in scholarship money, an all-expenses paid trip to Nashville, Tennessee, and a recording session with a professional music producer.
She described the support from Baylor Nation and her hometown of Colfax, Washington, as outstanding.
“There was never-ending checking in to see how the contest was going (even though I had no idea), lots of encouraging Facebook messages, and of course the votes were what tipped the contest in my favor,” she wrote. “Without the overwhelming support from Baylor and my hometown and the surrounding areas, I would not have had this incredible opportunity.”
To view a video of Webber singing the national anthem for the contest, visit the FMC Agricultural Solutions website.
by Kristen Bennett, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805
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