Singing Competition Brings National Recognition to Harrisonburg

HARRISONBURG,Va. (WHSV)-- The JMU competition wrapped up Boston with one Valley student bringing home an award.

Mark Thress came in first place out of more than four hundred people around the nation for the classical solo voice competition.

Three other people from Virginia made the semifinals, in addition to winning money, Thress says, it was a great way to give back to JMU by shining a positive spotlight on the school and giving the town of Harrisonburg national recognition.

"I'm so proud, we do a lot of work at JMU and sometimes it goes unnoticed, but I think this is just a fantastic thing for the school and I hope people will turn around and say 'oh my gosh people are doing things in the little city of Harrisonburg,'" said Thress.

In addition to winning money, Thress says it was a great way to network for jobs. He says every time you sing is an audition.


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