Chattanooga Sate Voice Students Place in Tennessee NATS Competition

November 10, 2022 | Betty A. Proctor | Internal Press Release, Student Success

5 women on HFA stage

November 10, 2022 (Chattanooga, TN) --- Voice students who dream of success know that their dream takes hard work and perseverance. Recently, five ChattState voice students tasted a measure of success when they placed during virtual competitions through the Tennessee State National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Student Auditions.

NATS holds student auditions where students perform and receive written feedback and scores from three adjudicators who are then ranked based on the scores they receive. At the competition this fall, students were judged by vocal professors and competed against other voice students from across the state of Tennessee.

Based on their age and number of semesters studied, they are sorted into categories. “Students can elect to sing repertoire for one or more genres,” stated Dr. Jennifer Wilson, Chattanooga State professor of music. “Our students competed in musical theatre and classical genres.”

“Some of our students placed in their respective categories, with one student placing first in both the classical and musical theatre category in which she participated,” shared Dr. Wilson. NATS first-place winners included Valerie Duke, advanced musical theatre; Charlene Hong-White, adult musical theatre; Vivian Long, upper college musical theatre; Moriah Bone, lower college musical theatre and freshmen classical. Colette Smith placed third in the high school classical category.

NATS celebrates the art of singing through a series of competitions and auditions designed to showcase the talented singers, performers and composers who are rising stars in the profession.

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