Three Stephens College singers took home prizes during a three-state event hosted by the National Association of Teachers of Singers (NATS) Central Region on Oct. 28-29. Sicily Mathenia ’18 received first place in the Upper College Women Musical Theatre category while Natalie Irlmeier ’20, and Mackenna Morrow ’19 took home second and third places, respectively, in the Lower College Women Musical Theatre category. Each winner received a certificate and a cash award. 

“These experiences certainly enrich our students’ learning,” said Pam Ellsworth-Smith, associate professor of voice at Stephens. 

In total, six students, including Catera Combs ’18, Fiona Bolte-Bradhurst ’20 and Tanneal Cheshire ’19, attended the competition in DeKalb, Ill. Anthony Hernandez was their accompanist. 

Founded in 1944, the NATS is the largest association of teachers of singing in the world. The Central Region is one of 14 regions in the country and serves members in the states of Illinois, Iowa and Missouri. 

The annual Central Region Conference and Student Auditions are held in the fall and offers members and their students an opportunity to connect with colleagues across the region while attending presentations, master classes, and the teacher’s topical breakfast meeting, and through auditions. Students perform and receive written feedback about their performances. They also meet and hear other singers while NATS teachers get to know their colleagues better and everyone hears a variety of songs.

Pictures above from left to right: Natalie Irlmeier ’20, Mackenna Morrow ’19, Sicily Mathenia ’18, Catera Combs ’18, Fiona Bolte-Bradhurst ’20 and Tanneal Cheshire ’19. 

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