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Music performance majors place in top five at NATS competition

Two Ohio Northern University competed in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Student Auditions, each ranking in the top five performances.

Freshman music performance major Miriam Stoner and senior music performance major Georgette Roby competed in the classical music division of NATS, performing three contrasting art songs selected by their instructor Kirsten Osbun Manley.

“I was a bit nervous to be performing in front of professional musicians who were going to tell me the truth about the quality of my performance,” Stoner said.

Roby placed third in the Senior College Women category, and Stoner placed fourth in the Freshman College Women category.

“I was extremely excited to receive this honor because I had never been to NATS before,” Stoner said. “The comments I received from the judges were encouraging and insightful. I learned a lot about myself as a vocalist and what I can do to improve the quality of my work to ultimately be the best musician I can possibly be.”

The NATS auditions are aimed for students of all stages of vocal study, who perform in clearly defined classifications. High school and college students from all over Ohio participate in the event. Competition divisions base on age, gender and genre of music.

This year’s competition was hosted by Miami University and sanctioned by the Great Lakes Region of NATS. Other schools that participated in the competition included Otterbein College, Bowling Green State University, Cleveland Institute of Music, Ohio Wesleyan University, Baldwin-Wallace College, Kent State University, Wittenberg University, Akron University, Cleveland State University, Ohio State University, Capital University, University of Toledo, Ashland University, University of Dayton, Wright State University, Ohio University, Miami University, Ashland University, Dennison University and Kenyon College.

 

Shana Tachikawa
Sophomore journalism major from Bucyrus, Ohio