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7 April 2006

JSU Singers Take Honors at NATS

Several JSU voice students took top honors at a recent regional competition held in Tuscaloosa the first weekend in April under the auspices of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). These NATS competitions are held at state and regional levels and recognize vocal excellence and achievement as judged by those in the profession of teaching singing.

This Southeast Regional competition encompasses singers from colleges and universities in the states of Florida, Georgia and Alabama, and included many institutions with programs much larger than JSU.

Matt Headley, a student of Dr. Nathan Wight, was awarded first place in the category “2nd Year College Men.” Jarrod Lee, a student of Dr. Richard Armstrong, was awarded fourth place in the same category.

Desmond Hubbard, a student of Dr. Patricia Corbin, was awarded fourth place in the category, “Advanced Men.” Eric Wilcox, a student of Dr. Nathan Wight, was awarded first place in the category “1st Year High School Men.”

Students in Jacksonville State University’s David L. Walters Department of Music also did very well in the state NATS competition held in late February when they garnered five first place and one second place awards in various vocal categories.

JSU has a highly active vocal and choral program with numerous solo vocal recitals and choral programs being presented throughout the year at venues both on and off campus. Be sure to watch for details concerning the next “Jacksonville Opera Theater” production of the popular Gilbert and Sullivan opera, “The Gondoliers” to be presented on May 26, 27, 28, 2006 in Mason Hall Performance Center. For additional details, see the special "Opera" Web page that may be accessed from the Department of Music Web page or go directly to the Opera Web page.

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