Two Music Students Headed to National Singing Competition

Jun. 22, 2016

Two Music Students Headed to National Singing Competition
Brittany Graham is one of the two students headed to the NATS conference in Chicago.

ST. LOUIS - Two Webster students will compete in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) national student auditions at their international meeting July 8 - 12 in Chicago. The students were selected from a national pool of the best collegiate vocalists in the country.

Sicily Mathenia will sing in the Lower College/Independent Studio Women division, and Brittany Graham in the Advance College/Independent Studio Women division.  Both singers are students of Carole Gaspar, emerita professor of voice in the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts. Lower levels are for students in their first or second year of collegiate-level singing. Upper levels is for third, fourth and fifth year students.

“The NATS singing competition is a truly national event,” says Jeffrey Carter, chair of the Department of Music. “Students are chosen through a national process.  Sicily and Brittany are both wonderful singers who will represent us very well.”

In its 54th year, the NATS auditions originally was for classical repertoire only. Today, the annual event encompasses music theater, spirituals and other contemporary musical styles and genres. In order to qualify for the NATS conference, students first had to pass regional auditions.

Sicily Mathenia will sing in the Lower College/Independent Studio Women divisionBoth students will prepare songs in English, French, German, and Italian, and perform for a jury of national-profile teachers of singing.  Winners receive cash prizes.  

According to Martha J. Hart, head of the Webster University vocal studies program, “Webster singers do very well at NATS events, in large part because they perform regularly for master classes and in departmental recitals.  We take their language study seriously, too, and they have regular work sessions with our staff coach/accompanists.”  

The National Association of Teachers of Singing is an international organization devoted to voice science and the highest standards for the vocal art.  

For more information about the competition, visit the NATS semifinal auditions page.

 

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