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Taylor University Students, Faculty, Honored at State Music Auditions

By Jim Garringer Published: Nov 20, 2012

Four Taylor University music students and one adjunct faculty member received high honors for excellence in vocal music performance during the Indiana NATS 2012 Auditions, held earlier this month. The group was part of a larger Taylor contingent of 20 students and faculty members who competed in an overall field that included 300 vocalists from the State of Indiana.

Taylor winners were:

Cassandra Beck, 2nd place, 1st year College Women  

Evan Koons, 3rd place, 1st year College Men  

Courtney Jameson, 2nd place, 3rd year College Women  

Jenna Clark 3rd place, 4th year College Women

Julie Lyn Barber Advanced Women, 1st place

It marks the second year in a row for Barber, an adjunct faculty member at Taylor, and Clark to place highly in the competition. Barber also finished first a year ago and Clark finished second.

“I was so proud of our students and how well they sang during the NATS competition,” said Dr. Patricia Robertson, Professor of Music and Coordinator of Vocal Studies at Taylor. “The finest vocalists from the State of Indiana participated and it was wonderful to see our students do so well.”

Robertson said all students sing three selections of their own choosing: art songs, arias and theatre pieces. Lower division entrants must sing one song in a foreign language while upper division entrants sing two foreign language pieces.

The Indiana Chapter is part of the Great Lakes Region of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. According to the NATS Indiana website (www.nats-in.org), “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.