Vocal Students Raise their Voices in VictoryApril 18, 2012
Author: Michael French
When it comes to raising their voices, vocal students from SUU’s Department of Music know how to get attention and shine in the spotlight. Dr. Keith M. Bradshaw, music department chair, is pleased to announce that 18 of SUU’s vocal students placed in top positions in the Las Vegas chapter of the National Association of Teachers Singing competition.
This outstanding success rate continues a trend seen in SUU’s vocal department in the past few years. Since 2008, the number of winners at NATS from Southern Utah University has nearly doubled.
When the final results were tabulated, SUU students placed first in six divisions with three second place and four third place finishers and five honorable mentions.
Upon receiving news of this accomplishment, Bradshaw remarked, “These outstanding results reinforce the music department’s position in the region as a center for excellence in music. Additionally, the awards are a credit to an exceptional faculty of artists and teachers.”
The NATS results are particularly notable since this is a peer-reviewed competition.
Senior Matthew Clegg, Junior Gregory Watts, Freshmen Michelle Reid and Brandon Campbell, Sophomore Alex Byers, Junior Corbin Iverson, all took first place in their divisions. Freshman James Harris, Sophomores Christina Meikle, Brooke Alldredge and Alan Larson, Juniors Arielle Tholen, Sara Thorson and Clayton Barber, and Seniors Geneil Perkins, Shaye Leavitt, Graduates Kim Padilla and Theora Hansen rounded out the strong showing with seconds, thirds and honorable mentions.
Each of Southern Utah University’s three full-time voice faculty members, Professor Carol Ann Modesitt, Dr. Lawrence Johnson and Dr. Kevin L. Baker, had students from their studios who won their division in the competition. Adjunct faculty members Sara Guttenberg and Jackie Jackson had students place as well with two coming from Ms. Jackson’s studio and one coming from Ms. Guttenberg’s.
This broad representation of the voice faculty in the competition is a testament to the quality of the teaching that students enjoy every day at Southern Utah University.
Additionally, collaborative pianists Mary Anne Andersen, Tracey Bradshaw and Dr. Willem van Schalkwyk were invaluable as they shared the stage, their talents and their insights into the music with the students.