Southeastern vocalists claim awards at state competition


Tuesday, April 2, 2019 
by: Tonya Lowentritt 

     HAMMOND – Fourteen Southeastern Louisiana University vocal performance students were finalists – including five first place winners – at the Louisiana Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition held recently at Southeastern.
     Receiving first place nods were Andrew Butler of River Ridge, freshman men division; Cheyenne Moore of Slidell, senior women’s division; Alfred Harper of New Orleans, junior men division; Wesley Newton of Bourg, senior men; and Joshua Staes of Baton Rouge, graduate men. Southeastern vocal students swept both the freshman men and senior women categories.
     Other students recognized at the competition include the following: Caitlyn Rodrigue of Thibodaux, second place sophomore women; Canaan White of Ponchatoula, second place freshman men; Sara Cage of Baton Rouge, second place senior women; Camryn Rodrigue of Thibodaux, third place sophomore women; William Dopp of Independence, third place freshman men; Carley Duet of Cutoff, third place junior women; Anne Labranche of Mandeville, third place senior women; Emily Guagliardo of Ponchatoula, fourth place, freshman women; and Deondra Bell of Baton Rouge, fourth place senior women.
     Voice teachers from the NATS Louisiana Chapter judged the auditions. Students participated in lectures and master classes as part of the one-day conference.

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