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CSU music students compete in state competition

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Fourteen students from Charleston Southern University’s Horton School of Music Voice Program competed in seventeen categories for the South Carolina National Association of Teachers of Singing Student Auditions. The program was held on Friday, March 15 at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. Students competed in classical and music theater categories appropriate to their respective ages and levels of study. Participating students prepare solo literature of 3-6 songs in each category and are assessed by three judges from around the state.

Five students from Charleston Southern University advanced to regional competition in six categories including:

  • 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;
  • Amanda Larkin (Continuing Education Women Classical)
  • David Nagelkirk (College Freshman Men Classical)
  • Taryn Wetherington (College Freshman Women Classical), all students of Dr. Jill Terhaar Lewis

Wetherington, a CSU freshman, earned first place in College Freshman Women Classical. Kay, a sophomore at Charleston Southern, won first place in two categories: College Sophomore Women Classical and College Freshman/Sophomore Women Musical Theater.

All regional qualifiers will go on to compete at the Mid-Atlantic Regional NATS Student Auditions on April 5 and in Charleston. The Mid-Atlantic Region of NATS includes Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. A complete list of winners and regional qualifiers may be found the SC NATS website.

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