Lee Vocal Students Excel In Regional NATS Auditions

Thursday, July 3, 2014
NATS winners James Hoskins, a high school voice student of Deaton’s, Davidson, Mangulabnan, Murphy, and Voznyuk
NATS winners James Hoskins, a high school voice student of Deaton’s, Davidson, Mangulabnan, Murphy, and Voznyuk
- photo by Hannah Morgan

Four students from Lee University’s School of Music placed as finalists in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) regional auditions held this spring at Vanderbilt University.

There are three levels of competition over the course of two days: Preliminary, Semi-final, and Final Rounds. Over 60 regional voice professors attended to hear approximately 500 voice students. Ten of Lee’s voice faculty took 34 students to compete in 10 categories. Twenty-one of these students progressed to the Semi-finals and four progressed to the Final Round and performed in the Finals Concert for the entire delegation.

First place winners from Lee included Chelsea Davidson (Senior Women), Sonny Mangulabnan (Adult Beginner), and Vera Voznyuk (Advanced Women). Aaron Murphy placed second in Advanced Men. These singers are from the voice studios of Tony Deaton, Virginia Horton, and Dale Thomas. They were accompanied by pianists Rachel Appleton, Ying Chuan Chang, and Mary Beth Wickes.

Lee NATS members include voice faculty members Chery Brendel, Ron Brendel, Deaton, Andrea Dismukes, Dayne Frost, James Frost, Horton, Debbie Sheeks, Loralee Songer, and Thomas.

"Lee University has a great presence at these auditions,” said Dr. Dismukes, professor of music at Lee and trip coordinator. “In every level of competition our students presented themselves so well, professionally and artistically.”

NATS is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members in the United States, Canada, and nearly 30 other countries. Its mission is to encourage the highest standards of the vocal art and ethical principles in the teaching of singing; and to promote vocal education and research at all levels.

Group photo of students and faculty who participated in the 2014 NATS auditions
Group photo of students and faculty who participated in the 2014 NATS auditions
- Photo2 by Hannah Morgan

Sophia Hicks Chosen As Winner For Tennessee In Doodle 4 Google Competition

A talented student in Dayton, TN could soon have her art on the Google homepage for hundreds of millions to see. Google is announcing the 53 state and territory winners in its ninth annual Doodle 4 Google competition, a contest open to K-12 students across the United States to redesign the Google logo inspired by the theme “What I see for the future...”.  Sophia Hicks, ... (click for more)

McCallie Future Business Leaders Of America Start 2017 Strong

The Future Business Leaders of America Chapter of McCallie has had a busy and efficient start to 2017.  Ten members of the club went to Knoxville to compete in the regional FBLA competition, while three other members took a test before the event.   All 13 members who took part in the regional competition were top finalists in their respective event and were invited ... (click for more)

St. Elmo Woman, 45, Dies At County Workhouse On Wednesday Night; Investigation Underway

An inmate died at the county workhouse at Silverdale on Wednesday night, and an investigation is underway.   She was identified as  Dana Shunice Palmer, 45, of St. Elmo.   Ms. Palmer was booked into the Hamilton County Jail from the Chattanooga Police Department on Feb. 14 on a public Intoxication charge. She was transferred from the jail to CoreCivic ... (click for more)

Shannon Whitfield Raising Rates At Money-Losing Walker County Landfill; Moratorium Placed On Fracking, Deep Well Drilling, Tiny Homes

New Walker County Sole Commissioner Shannon Whitfield is raising rates at the money-losing Walker County Landfill. The higher charges go into effect on March 1. Mr. Whitfield, during his campaign, said the landfill had been losing about $500,000 per year for many years. He said other area landfills were making a profit, but Walker County was having to subsidize its landfill. ... (click for more)

CVB Should Share Financials With The Home Folks

The recent debate over the Convention and Visitor's Bureau's funding and budget has gotten ugly. A Hamilton County commissioner has asked questions and made comments about the CVB. The director of the CVB has organized a campaign to dismiss the commissioner's questions and comments. The children on the playground are choosing sides and nothing useful seems to be happening. It's ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Haggling Must Stop

Far be it for me to suggest the Hamilton County Commission and the School Board need to spend more time at recess but it was obvious this week the two groups need to work at being better friends. We have nine county commissioners and just as many corresponding school board members to work together for the betterment of one entity – Hamilton County. Everybody who thinks that is happening ... (click for more)