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Seven music students place in NATS vocal competition

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMONDSeven Southeastern Louisiana University music students were among the winners in the recent Southern Regional competition of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

     More than 400 singers from Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas, including 38 from Southeastern, participated in the competition, held Nov. 6-8 at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches. Students competed in 20 categories determined by age, gender and years of study, preparing three classical music selections in various languages.

     Of the Southeastern students competing, 30 advanced to the semifinal round. The students are from the vocal music studios of Department of Music and Dramatic Arts faculty David Bernard, Joy Ratliff, Alissa Rowe, Stephen Rushing and Kay Schepker.

     Jane Rownd of Hammond, who studies with Bernard, finished first place in the Senior Women division, while Paula Vickers of Ponchatoula, a student of Schepker’s, was the first place winner in the Student Adult division.

     Southeastern winners also included Tyrone Hayes of New Orleans, second place, Older Advanced Men division; Cara Williams of Franklinton, second place, Junior Women division; Colby McCurdy of Slidell, third place, Young Advanced Men division; William Musso of Independence, third place, Student Adult division; and Darrell Haynes of Boutte, fourth place, Younger Advanced Men division.

     Hayes and McCurdy study with Bernard, while Williams and Musso are students in Rowe’s studio. Haynes studies with Rushing.

     Southeastern pianists Chuck Effler and Raisa Voldman accompanied the students.  

     The Southeastern student expenses were subsidized by the Student Government Association, Department of Music and Dramatic Arts, and the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Academic Enhancement Fund.

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