Jacob Augsten of Griffin, a junior in Clayton State University’s Bachelor of Music program, won the first prize of $600 in the annual music scholarship competition sponsored by the Atlanta Alumni Chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon on Saturday, Nov. 9.
Mu Phi Epsilon is an international professional fraternity for men and women in the field of music, and the Atlanta Alumni Chapter’s annual competition is open to all students who are members of Mu Phi Epsilon, which has chapters at nine Georgia universities, including ClaytonState’s Delta Psi Chapter.
Augsten, a baritone in the studio of Clayton State Director of Vocal Studies and Opera Kurt-Alexander Zeller, came out on top of a field of singers and pianists with performances of songs by Schubert, Vaughan Williams, and Ravel and had the honor of performing for the International President of Mu Phi Epsilon, Rosemary Ames, who was visiting the Atlanta Alumni Chapter.
Augsten has previously appeared in two of ClaytonState’s music drama productions, playing Linus in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
in 2012 and starring as Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddigore
last semester. This season he also is performing with the Atlanta Opera Chorus.
“I must say I was rather pleased when one of the judges told me later that she just knew Jacob had to be my student because he was such a communicative story-teller,” says Zeller. “There are some very famous singing teachers around who have a reputation for turning out students who sound just exactly like they do, (but) I’d much rather be known for teaching students to sound like themselves and sharing a commitment to helping the music to speak effectively.”