Webster Music Students Sing and Win at NATS

Oct. 31, 2017

Webster Music Students Sing and Win at NATS
National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS)

Twelve Webster University students competed at a three-state event hosted by the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Central Region on Oct. 28-29. 

Students from the studios of Robert Ayllon, Jacob Lassetter, Amanda Taylor and Martha J. Hart attended the competition in DeKalb, Illinois. Three of those students sang in double categories of Musical Theatre and Classical. Ten students progressed to the semi-final round, with three doubling in Classical and Musical Theatre categories.

Five students, supported by adjunct collaborative pianists Mieko Bergt, Donna Vince, and music major Chris Brent Davis, progressed to the final round. 

"These students once again exemplified the qualities of artistry and good citizenship," said Martha J. Hart, director of Vocal Studies. "They conducted themselves in a professional manner and were supportive of each other. They are role models for how to be professional artists and outstanding representatives of Webster University. It is always a joy to be in their presence and touched by their beautiful music and humanity."

The Vocal Studies program in the Department of Music is led by Martha J. Hart and Jacob Lassetter. The program teaches more than 150 voice lessons each week, in classical and musical theatre genres.

Students that gained recognition included:

Lower College Women Musical Theatre

  • Receiving First Place, Olivia Bosaw (sophomore)
  • Receiving Honorable Mention, Evan Adams (freshman)

Lower College Women

  • Receiving Second Place, Abby Benson (sophomore), Victoria Davlantes (sophomore)
  • Receiving Third Place, Evan Adams (freshman)
  • Receiving Honorable Mention, Veronica Jones (freshman)

Upper College Men Musical Theatre

  • Receiving First Place, Chris Brent Davis (sophomore)

Upper College Women

  • Receiving Honorable Mention, Jessica Barnes (junior)

Advanced College Women

  • Receiving Honorable Mention, Brittany Graham (graduate student)

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