Central Methodist Well Represented at Contest

Vocal students compete at NATS

Eight vocal students from Central Methodist University competed Nov. 15-16 at the Central Regional gathering of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) held at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill.

The annual event is a tri-state competition that includes college students from Iowa, Missouri and Illinois.

Out of eight CMU vocal students competing, six were selected as semi-finalists in the competition. In the lower men's division, Levi Gerke (junior, Pilot Grove) was awarded an honorable mention.

In addition to Gerke, semi-finalists were Brittany Losh (senior, Pacific), Anna Kay (sophomore, Boonville), Daniel Jones (junior, St. Ann), Dane Johnson (senior, Columbia), and Kyle Forehand (Maumelle, Ark.).

Other participants were Britney Kelcher (junior, St. Charles) and Joe Jefferies (junior, Fayette).

"Our vocal students represented CMU very well," noted Dr. Susan Quigley-Duggan, associate professor of voice and opera.

Dr. Melissa Loehnig, CMU assistant professor of music, and Mary Jane Nance, pianist, traveled with the students and accompanied them at the competition.

Founded in 1944, NATS is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members in the United States, Canada and nearly 30 other countries.


Posted November 21, 2013