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June 16, 2005

Male denied chance to audition as soprano

Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX):

The Texas Music Educators Association has denied a request by Bedford teen-ager Mikhael Rawls to audition for a state competition as a soprano. Rawls, 17, sings in a counter-tenor voice, which is comparable to the higher female singing voice. But the TMEA, which conducts the annual All-State choral and instrumental competitions, has ruled that only women will be allowed to sing women's parts, and only men will sing men's parts. "I'm very strongly disappointed in the music education system in Texas," Rawls said after receiving the TMEA decision Thursday. Rawls said he will not audition for the All-State choir.

Posted by acapnews at June 16, 2005 10:35 PM