Top Honors for Three Webster Vocalists at NATS Auditions

Feb. 28, 2018

Patterson (3rd from left) with winning Webster students Boyd (3rd from right), Merrifield (2nd from right) and Cruse (at right)
Patterson (3rd from left) with winning Webster students Boyd (3rd from right), Merrifield (2nd from right) and Cruse (at right)

Three Webster University music education majors took top honors at the St. Louis-area chapter auditions of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) on Feb. 24.

First-year student Sarah Merrifield, sophomore Michaela Cruse, and junior Faith Boyd each won their respective divisions at the annual event. All are students of Heather McKenzie Patterson, adjunct professor of voice.

Webster faculty members Jeffrey Carter, Martha A. Hart, Jacob Lassetter, and Amanda Taylor were among the dozen adjudicators at the event.

NATS hosts local, regional, and national-level auditions each year. In addition, the local chapter runs a musical theatre day separately from the classical auditions.  

“Webster students generally rank highly in the college divisions,” said Carter, chair of the Department of Music. “Year after year, we are delighted in the strong showings of not just our performance majors, but our education majors and those studying general music topics.”

Students are required to sing two or more selections, with at least one in a foreign language, and one in English.

The National Association of Teachers of Singing is a non-profit association of teachers of singing that promotes the highest standards in the teaching of singing and vocal education and research at all levels.

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