News Release


HAMMOND � Four Southeastern Louisiana University vocal performance students collected first place awards in singing at the recent National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) state competition held Saturday (March 8) at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.


Winning the competitions in their particular categories were Benjamin Vollentine of Covington, in the category of Sophomore Men; Kimberly Dupre of Luling, first place, Advanced Women category; Stephen Dale of Covington, first place, Music Theatre over 21 Years of Age; Kristina Temple of Amite, first place, Senior Women, and second place, Music Theatre over 21 Years of Age. Also recognized was Alyssa Hernandez of Metairie, third place, Junior Women.


"Our students showed considerable expertise and poise in a very competitive atmosphere against students of the same length of vocal training and age," said Joy Ratliff, Southeastern associate professor of voice. "They performed beautifully under the stress of competition. These talented students represented Southeastern very well."


Ratliff and Voice Professor Stephen Rushing attended the conference with the students and judged singers from other institutions during the competition.


Twelve music and voice majors from Southeastern participated in the state NATS competition.