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Hill takes top honor at regional singing competition

Barry McNamara
TJ Hill, a Monmouth College senior from Rockford, was the winner of the Broadway division for college men at the regional competition of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, which was hosted in November by Augustana College.
“This is significant because he was competing with singers from a three-state region, including Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri,” said assistant professor of music Tim Pahel. “There were singers there from large state schools, as well as from schools with top-notch music programs.” 
“My grandma inspired me to study music, and Dr. Pahel has worked hard with me during voice lessons,” said Hill, who sang three numbers, including “Empty Chairs and Empty Tables” from “Les Miserables.”
Following his graduation in May, Hill plans to teach music at an urban school in Chicago.
Other Monmouth singers competing in classical divisions included Austin Garant of Galesburg, Brandon Ouellette of Surprise, Ariz., and Katie Yelm of Laura.