NATS Semifinalists

Seventeen students from the Voice Area competed in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Mid-Atlantic Region’s Conference and Student auditions, and ten of those students advanced to the national online screening round.  They will now compete with other talented student singers from the United States and Canada for a chance to perform in NATS National Student Auditions Semi-Final and Final Rounds.

Students began by performing in the North Carolina Chapter Auditions. Seventeen School of Music students entered and all seventeen advanced to the Mid-Atlantic Regionals. Entrants submitted a video of their performances for adjudication by a panel of  judges. Singers from each of the fourteen categories (plus the American Negro Spirituals Categories) advanced to the semifinal round where three singers from each category were selected to compete in the final round. The national semifinal and final rounds will be held July 7-10, 2021, in conjunction with the NATS Summer Workshop.

Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing (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 more than thirty-five other countries. Whether working in independent studios, community schools, elementary and secondary schools, or higher education, NATS members represent the diversity of today’s music landscape, teaching in all vocal styles.

Pictured (L–R): Sofia Pandolfo (BM ’24), Bronwyn Weiker (BM ’24), Sophi Caplan (MM ’21), Audra Bowers (BM ’21), Michael Adams (BM ’24), Peyton Wheeler (BM ’23), Eleni Nichols (BM ’24), Maggie Ramirez (MM ’22), Fernando Meza (BM ’24)

Not Pictured: Claire Griffin (BM ’22)

Photo: Brad McMillan