Lee Vocal Students Excel In Regional NATS Auditions

Thursday, July 03, 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

Jin In Tells GPS Students They Are A Force For Change

GPS girls were encouraged to see themselves as a powerful force for change on Tuesday during a Lunchtime Learning presentation by Jin In, the founder of 4GGL, a non-profit that partners with community organizations and schools worldwide to train and mentor girls in the poorest countries of the world.  With a vision of “a world where every girl is valued and supported to ... (click for more)

Bryan Community Choirs To Hold Auditions

Bryan's community choirs will be holding auditions Aug. 25 and 28. Area students in grades 4-12 are invited to audition for the Bryan College Community Children’s Choir (grades 4-8) or Youth Choir (grades 9-12) for the coming 2014-2015 academic year. Children’s Choir auditions will take place Monday, Aug. 25, at 4 p.m. in the chorale room of Rudd Auditorium.  Youth Choir ... (click for more)

5 Hamilton County Schools Designated As Priority Schools, 3 As Focus Schools

Five Hamilton County Schools have been designated as Priority Schools and three as Focus Schools. Priority Schools are the five percent of schools across the state with the lowest overall performance. Those from Hamilton County are Brainerd High School, Dalewood Middle School, Orchard Knob Elementary School, Orchard Knob Middle School and Woodmore Elementary School. Focus ... (click for more)

Teen Shot Twice On Wilson Street; He Won't Help Police

A teen who was shot twice on Wilson Street shortly after midnight said he would not help police. At approximately 12:08 a.m., Chattanooga Police responded to a call of a person shot at 1812 Wilson St. Chattanooga Police officers and EMS located Nathaniel Williams, 18, suffering from two non-life threatening gunshot wounds.  The victim was transported to Erlanger Hospital ... (click for more)

The Truth About Justice

The rallying cry in Ferguson Missouri has been "justice for Michael Brown." The question is what is justice? Justice is that the facts of the case are investigated thoroughly and regardless of the outcome of that investigation the family and friends of Michael Brown along with the citizens of Ferguson and this country need to accept the outcome no matter what it reveals.  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Chief Delmore: ‘You Blew It!”

Far more than 50,000 people, most police officers and law enforcement authorities, have gone to a website, “LawOfficer.com” to read a scathing letter that first appeared on Sunday. Veteran lawman Ed Delmore, who became the Police Chief in Gulf Shores, Ala., after a brilliant career as the “Top Cop” in St. Louis (which he still loves) has written what was entitled, “An Open Letter ... (click for more)