UK Voices Soar at NATS Regional
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 22, 2013) — Several University of Kentucky School of Music students took home honors, including wins in six categories, at the 2013 Mid-South Region of the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition held April 5-6, at Western Kentucky University, in Bowling Green, Ky. UK vocalists competed against singers from schools in Kentucky, Tennessee, Iowa, Georgia, North Carolina, Indiana, Arkansas and other areas.
UK students taking honors at the competition were:
· vocal performance junior Gabrielle Barker, a soprano from Lexington, placed third in the Upperclass Music Theater Division;
· music senior Phillip Bullock, a baritone from Berea, Ky., placed first in the Advanced Singers Division;
· vocal performance freshman Alyssa-Marie Detterich, a soprano from Orange, Calif., placed first in the Freshman Women, Classical Division and the Music Theater Underclass Division
· doctoral candidate Thomas Gunther, a baritone from Muscatine, Iowa, placed first in the Post Advanced Singers Division;
· vocal performance junior Evan Johnson, a tenor from Pine Island, Minn., placed first in the Junior Men, Classical Division and the Music Theater Upperclass Division; and
· vocal performance and arts administration freshman Mary-Catherine Wright, a soprano from Lexington, placed second in the Freshman Women, Classical Division and the Music Theater Underclass Division.
Other UK opera students that competed at the regionals were: vocal performance freshman Elizabeth Frodge, a soprano from Richmond, Ky.; vocal performance and political science freshman Tanner Hoertz, a baritone from Lexington; arts administration junior Key'Mon Murrah, a tenor from Louisville, Ky.; vocal performance junior Lakin Simons, a soprano from Paducah, Ky.; and vocal music education junior Joseph Utter, a baritone from Chicago.
Frodge, Hoertz and Simons study with Clay, Murrah studies with Lawrence, and Utter studies with Mark Kano.
The National Association of Teachers of Singing Inc. (NATS) encourages the highest standards of the vocal art and of ethical principles in the teaching of singing and promotes vocal education and research at all levels, both for the enrichment of the general public and for the professional advancement of the talented. Founded in 1944, NATS is the largest association of teachers of singing in the world and boasts more than 6,500 members in the United States, Canada and more than 25 other countries around the world.
The UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts has achieved awards and national and international recognition for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as for music education, composition, theory and music history.
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