Horton School of Music Students Earn Awards at Regional Auditions
by: University Relations
Five students from the Horton School of Music Voice Program at Charleston Southern University competed in six categories for the Mid-Atlantic Region National Association of Teachers of Singing Student Auditions on Saturday, April 6 in Charleston at the College of Charleston.
The Mid-Atlantic Region of NATS includes Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Students were able to compete in both classical and music theater categories appropriate to their respective ages and levels of study. Each student earned the right to compete at the regional level at the South Carolina NATS student auditions held at University of South Carolina in Columbia in early March. Participating students prepared solo literature of 3-6 songs in each category and were assessed by three or four judges consisting of other teachers of singing from within the region. T
he CSU students who competed are Corinna Haughton (College Sophomore Women Classical) a student of Ricard Bordas; Lauryn Kay (2 categories: College Sophomore Women Classical and College Freshman/Sophomore Women Music Theater) a student of Dr. Jennifer Luiken; and Amanda Larkin (Continuing Education Women Classical), David Nagelkirk (College Freshman Men Classical), and Taryn Wetherington (College Freshman Women Classical), all students of Dr. Jill Terhaar Lewis. Corinna Haughton and Taryn Wetheringon received Honors in their respective categories.
In addition to Honors, Larkin was also the third place winner in her category. Kay received Honors in both of her categories and won second place in her classical category and first place in her music theater category. All students competing received an honorarium from the SC NATS organization. Honors and place-winners received certificates. Place-winners also received an additional honorarium from the Mid-Atlantic Region of NATS for their award.
The Horton School of Music offers four Bachelor of Arts degree programs in Music Education (choral or instrumental), Performance (vocal, piano, or instrumental), Music Therapy, and Music and Worship Leadership. Kay, Nagelkirk, and Wetherington are Performance majors, Larkin is majoring in Music Education, and Haughton is majoring in Music and Worship Leadership.