Music Students, Faculty Win Vocal Honors

By Jim Garringer Published: Nov 22, 2011

Taylor's Ellen Wightman (center) a member of the Taylor Sounds and Chorale, achieved a third place finish during NATS competition.

Six Taylor University music students and one adjunct faculty member received honors for excellence in vocal music performance during the Indiana NATS 2011 Auditions. The group was part of a larger Taylor contingent of nearly 30 students and faculty members who competed in an overall field that included 260 vocalists from the State of Indiana.

Taylor winners were:

Julie Lyn Barber (Adjunct Faculty), First Place, Advanced Men and Women

Audrey Boyers, Second Place, Senior Women

Jenna Clark, Second Place, Junior Women

Mark Davis, Third Place, Music Theatre 1st and 2nd Year College Men and Women

Sarah Kline, Honorable Mention, Freshmen Women

Tabitha McVay, Third Place, Junior Women

Ellen Wightman, Third Place, Junior Women

“It is a great honor to be recognized at this event since it represents the best of all of the undergraduate college students in Indiana,” said Dr. Albert Harrison, chairman of the Taylor Music Department. “We are proud of all of our student participants, but this recognition is one to place on each of these students’ resumes as a highlight in the awards honors category.”

The Indiana Chapter is part of the Great Lakes Region of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. According to the NATS Indiana website (, “The mission of NATS is to encourage the highest standards of the vocal art and of ethical principles in the teaching of singing; and to promote vocal education and research at all levels, both for the enrichment of the general public and for the professional advancement of the talented.”

About Taylor’s Music Department: The Music Department offers Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Music degrees. The courses offered in these programs provide the student with an opportunity to specialize in an area of his/her personal interest. In support of the Taylor University mission, the Music Department exists to educate students on the value and integrity of music as an expressive art form, thereby fostering lifelong learning and appreciation of music and an understanding of the ways in which music may minister to a world in need.