Cobber Singer Featured In New York Times

Summer jobs don’t usually make headlines, but that wasn’t the case for one Concordia student. Laura Pancoast ’13, Thief River Falls, Minn., was featured in the June 13 edition of the New York Times. At 19, she is the youngest staff member at the Central City Opera, Central City, Colo.

Her voice professor Dr. Holly Wrensch and a fellow Cobber both encouraged her to apply with the opera company. She won one of 14 positions – from a pool of more than 300 applicants. The hardworking Cobber says her experience in customer service at her hometown Hardware Hank helped her land the position.

While her day-to-day duties don’t put her at center stage, Pancoast, a vocal performance major, hopes the network she is developing will help her in the future.

“Working for one of the major summer opera companies will help in meeting people and making connections,” she says.

Pancoast plans to eventually pursue a doctorate in vocal performance, so she can teach in a university setting one day.

1 Response

  1. Rachael Cammarn

    I am so happy to know that there are real stories out there about students who are succeeding in there career goals. It is great to know this especially in the field of music and opera.

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