Stephens sweeps NAT auditions
The singers, part of the musical theatre program in the School of Performing Arts, competed with students from colleges in the St. Louis area. The panel of judges included voice professors from various colleges and private studios, as well as professional equity singers from the St. Louis MUNY.
"It's an opportunity to he heard by professionals in the field and receive feedback," said Pam Ellsworth-Smith, a member of the music faculty. "It's also an opportunity to hear other singers outside of our amazing four walls."
Students performed repertoire from the Broadway and Off-Broadway repertoire and were critiqued on vocal technique as well as characterization. Mainly, the judges were looking for cast ability.
Apparently, the judges liked what they heard. Allie Mgrublian '16, Emily Chatterson '16, Mycah Westhoff '15 and Rebecca Munoz '16 all took 1st place wins in their respective categories.
Conservatory student Eddie Andrews placed 1st for Sophomore/Junior men.
Melissa Trierwiler '16, Chelcie Abercrombie '16, Ryan Tucker '14 and Emy Blake '15 all took 2nd place in their respective categories.
All students who placed in a division received a cash award and a certificate. The 1st place winners in each division were featured in a recital where they performed one of their songs for all the participants in Moore Auditorium.
The National Association of Teachers of Singing, or NATS, is an international organization that exists to recognize and support the development of vocal artists. The organization hosts voice competitions at the Chapter, State, Regional and National Level.
Stephens students are now eyeing the National Auditions to be held this coming summer in Boston, as well as the State Auditions next fall.