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Northwest Missouri State University music students earned prizes for their performances Feb. 6 at a National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition in Kansas City, Missouri.

Seven Northwest students recently participated in the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition in Kansas City, Missouri. Pictured left to right in the first row are Jordan Skarin, Kaela Fritts, Ashtyn Clay and Cassie Leon. In the second row are Aaron Schmidt and Catie Tucker. Meighan Robinson is not pictured. (Northwest Missouri State University photo)

    Feb. 18, 2016

    Northwest music students take top honors at singing contest

    Northwest Missouri State University music students earned prizes for their performances Feb. 6 at a National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition in Kansas City, Missouri.

    NATS celebrates the art of singing through a series of annual and biennial competitions and programs designed to showcase talented singers and performers. The following Northwest students were winners in their respective categories:

    Winners received a certificate and prize money.

    “The competition, as always, was very competitive,” Dr. Pamela Shannon, associate professor of music, said. “Cassie competed with juniors as well as seniors in her category – a very big accomplishment. All of the students did a magnificent job.”

    Other Northwest students participating in the competition were Ashtyn Clay, a junior music major from Cameron, Missouri; Meighan Robinson, a freshman meta major from Cameron, Missouri; Jordan Skarin, a junior vocal music education major from Mitchellville, Iowa; and Catie Tucker, a sophomore vocal music education major from Kansas City, Missouri.

    In addition to Northwest, competing students represented the University of Missouri-Kansas City, William Jewell College, Kansas State University, the University of Central Missouri and Mid-America Nazarene University, among others. As many as 16 students competed in each category.

    “We are very proud of our students who went the extra mile to prepare and participate in the competition,” Dr. Sheila Phillips, assistant professor of music, said. “These events contribute a great deal to their growth and development as singers and performers.”

    Shannon and Phillips served as judges for the competition. Dr. Charles Badami, instructor of music, and Deena Poynter were accompanists.

    Northwest’s participation in the competition was made possible by the support of Dr. Michael Steiner, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, through an undergraduate research grant.


    For more information, please contact:

    Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
    mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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