UNCW Music Student Beth Stovall Crowned Miss North Carolina

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Beth Stovall, a senior majoring in vocal performance, was crowned Miss North Carolina during the state pageant on June 21 at the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. She was one of 34 young women vying for the title.

Stovall won the Overall Talent Award during the pageant, an award she shares with Miss Central Carolina Victoria Huggins. She gave an operatic vocal performance of "Je Veux Vivre" from Gounod's opera Romeo and Juliet.

Stovall, the former Miss Greater Sampson, will compete in the Miss America pageant in September in Atlantic City. Her platform is "Inspiration: Art," which seeks to inspire students to explore and discover their talents.

"I'm extremely arts driven and very passionate about the arts. I'm a music major, and singing has always been something that is just who I am to my core," Stovall told WRAL-TV. "That's something I want to share with students across the entire state and across the entire nation."

Stovall, 20, competed as Miss Goldsboro in the 2013 Miss North Carolina pageant. She placed in the top 10.

Stovall is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in music performance. Her recent performances include the role of Anne in Nicolai's "The Merry Wives of Windsor" for UNC-WOOP!'s Evening of Opera Scenes; a featured soloist in the UNCW Chamber Choir and N.C. Baroque Symphony Orchestra's performance of Bach's "St. John Passion"; and the Mozart aria "Ach, Ich Fühls" for the UNCW Honors Recital. She also is a member of the UNCW Chamber and Concert Choirs. Stovall has twice traveled to St. Pölten, Austria, where she attended the Laudate Dominum conference, singing Bruckner's "Mass in D Minor" and Mozart's "Missa solemnis in C," under the baton of Erwin Ortner.