Lee University School of Music (SOM) recently sent 23 students to the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Mid-South vocal competition at the University of Northern Kentucky. Several Lee SOM voice faculty also attended and served as judges.
Students competed against universities from Kentucky and Tennessee, such as the University of Tennessee, Vanderbilt, and University of Kentucky. Categories ranged from high school through each collegiate level up to post-graduate students competing at the post-advanced level.
“NATS weekend is stressful and tiring, but also energizing and inspiring,” said Tony Deaton, voice instructor at Lee. “I am certain it is a very positive experience for our students. I believe they come away inspired to be better.”
Several Lee students advanced to the semi-final round with two Lee students, John Mburu and Caitlin Overton, moving on to win first place in the final round.
Mburu won first place in the junior men, classical category and will advance to national auditions this summer at the National NATS Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. Overton won first place in the senior women musical theatre category.
“It’s an exciting victory for Lee University, as well as myself, to have the chance to represent the institution on a national level,” said Mburu. “I believe the critical thing to remember is that it all comes from God--my talents, the energy I use to try to perfect the talent, and the results of the competition entirely belong to Him before they belong to me.”
Lee alumna, Caitlin Hammon Moore, won first place in the women’s post-advanced category.
For more information about Lee’s School of Music, call (423) 614-8247.
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