Singers win at regional competition

April 7, 2017

LaGrange College had three students win first-place honors at the recent Southeastern Regional National Association of Teachers of Singing student audition at Georgia State University.

Sophomore Elyse Barnett took top honors in both the second-year college women’s musical theater and classical categories. Junior Kelsey Seals placed first in third-year college women’s musical theater while senior Jalen Smith won in fourth-year college men’s musical theater. Jalen took the top musical theater prize last year in the national NATS competition.

Fourteen singers from the studios of Dr. Toni Anderson, Director of the Music program, and Dr. Andrea Mueller, Professor of Applied Voice, participated in the competition. They were accompanied by Andrew Harry, Diane Voegtlin and Ken Passmore.

“We are so proud of our students and their accomplishments,” Dr. Anderson said. “We took 14 singers to the competition and came home with eight regional finalists in nine categories. They are fantastic ambassadors for our program and the college.”

More than 450 students from institutions across Georgia, Alabama and Florida competed in the auditions. Being named a finalist qualifies the singer to enter the YouTube preliminary round of the National Student Auditions.

Other winners include Abby Young, finalist, first-year college women, musical theater, and semi-finalist, classical; Leigh Anne Hamlin, third place and finalist, second-year college women, musical theater; Caleb Brown, finalist, and KaDarius Griggs, semi-finalist, third-year college men, musical theater; Anna Courtney, third place and finalist, third-year college women, classical; Savannah Bracewell, finalist, fourth-year college women, classical; and Jalen Smith, semi-finalist, fourth-year college men, classical.

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