The following Huntsville Times article made front page news in the September 23 paper, and was also featured online at al.com.
Oakwood Woman's Gift Bigger Than She Believed
By Paul Gattis, Times Staff Writer
Whitney Morrison packed her bags and cried her tears.
"I was ready to leave," she said.
This was in June in midtown Manhattan, and the Oakwood University junior knew this was the end for her at the National Classical Singer University Competition.
Soon the judges were posting a list for those who had advanced to the final and, based on their comments about Morrison's performance in the semifinal, she started packing.
"I had changed my clothes," Morrison said. "Basically, all I had to do was look at the list and make sure I didn't make it.
"I was in tears, waiting around, didn't know what to do." …
To read the complete online story, point your browser to http://blog.al.com/breaking/2010/09/she_packed_her_bags_cried_her.html
You may also view the al.com video footage of Morrison's performance at Oakwood University's most recent music forum, held at the Peters Hall auditorium on Tuesday afternoon, September 21. There, Morrison, who is a junior voice performance and pedagogy major at Oakwood, sang her winning competition selection, "Se il ciel mi divide," for a packed house. Oakwood music professor Julie Moore Foster has been Morrison's voice instructor since she enrolled at Oakwood in 2008. Morrison surpassed approximately 250 other contestants at the 2010 National Classical Singer University Competition held in New York this past June to receive the first place prize of $1,000.
Watch the Oakwood University music forum video clip online at http://videos.al.com/huntsville-times/.