Countertenor Augustine "Gus" Mercante, a master's student in UNT's College of Music, performed at the Preisträgerkonzert 2007 (2007 Prize Winners Concert), co-sponsored by the Salzburg Festival on Aug. 24.
Mercante represented the Internationale Sommerakademie Universitat Mozarteum at the Prize Winners Concert, which showcases the best students at the Mozarteum. He was one of only two vocalists on the program.
Mercante was selected for the honor of the Prize Winners Concert through a nomination process by his teachers and a final selection process by the director and a committee.
Mercante earned a scholarship from the Austrian American Society of Wilmington, Del., to attend the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, where he has been studying since July 16. At UNT, he is a student of Dr. Lynn Eustis, associate professor of music.
"I never expected to sing for the Salzburg Festival, or to connect with so many incredible people who have been kind and generous in teaching me and in helping me get my career started here in Europe," Mercante says. "This journey has been incredible - with many surprises. I am most grateful to my teachers both here and in the States for their time and talents, family for their support and to the Austrian American Society for believing in me and giving me this opportunity."
Mercante is one of three UNT College of Music representatives in Salzburg this summer.
UNT student Juan Galvan attended a summer institute at Salzburg College on scholarship this summer after winning first place in voice at the Crescendo Music Awards in February in Tulsa.
In addition, Richard Croft, UNT professor of music, performed in the opera Armida at the Salzburg Festival.
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