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Voice Students Win Awards at Michigan NATS Competition

“Our students compete against singers from prestigious music schools across the state, so to gain awards is especially noteworthy.” — Barbara Burdick

Two Alma College voice students won awards at the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Michigan Chapter auditions, held Nov. 4, 2017, at Western Michigan University.

Logo, Michigan Chapter of NATSZachary Everly, a first-year student from Monroe, won first place in the Lower College Music Theatre category. Andrew Wiegand, a sophomore from Mears, won third place in the Lower College Men category. Both received certificates and monetary awards.

“To prepare for the NATS State Competition, singers hone their technical/muscular skills, just like an athlete, by practice and performance,” says Barbara Burdick, assistant professor of voice at Alma College. “Competition always takes their skills to a new level and prepares our students to succeed as professionals, in music and in other fields.

“In this specific competition, Alma College students compete against singers from prestigious music schools across the state, so to gain awards is especially noteworthy,” she says. “As a longtime NATS member, I am pleased to offer my students this opportunity to grow as musicians and individuals.”

The National Association of Teachers of Singing has more than 7,000 members throughout the United States, Canada, and 25 countries. The Michigan Chapter has more than 100 members and is part of the Great Lakes region of NATS.

Story published on November 13, 2017