Southeastern vocal performance students collect top spots in singing competition
Contact: Rene Abadie
HAMMOND - Three Southeastern Louisiana University vocal performance students collected first place awards in singing at the recent National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) regional convention.
Conducted Nov. 10-12 at Mississippi College in Clinton, the competition drew more than 600 student participants from Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas. Winning the competitions in their particular categories were freshman Jordan Cressy of Mandeville in the older students category; freshman BriAnna DeWar of Slidell in the freshmen women category; and junior Joshua Williams of Mandeville in the junior men’s category.
Three other Southeastern students participated in the final round of competition. They included junior Sarah Bertrand of Covington, third place, junior women; senior Damian Faul of Amite, third place, senior men; and senior Kayla Louis of Ponchatoula, fourth place, senior women.
“Our students showed considerable poise in a very competitive atmosphere against students of the same training levels and age,” said Alissa Rowe, Southeastern vocal area coordinator, who accompanied the students. “They performed beautifully.”
Twenty-four students from Southeastern sang on the initial day of competition, with 21 moving further into the competition.