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Kurr Wins at Great Lakes Region Singing Event

  • Published: Mar 13, 2015 9:30AM
Haley Kurr

Taylor University senior Haley Kurr was a winner in the Senior Women category in the 2015 Great Lake Region NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Student Adjudications, held at Anderson University on March 7.

The event featured hundreds of singers from around the NATS Great Lakes Region, which consists of Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Ontario (Canada).

Kurr, a senior music education major from Maple Grove, Minnesota, was one of 12 student singers from Taylor University. The students qualified for the event after they advanced from the state competition in November. Kurr recently performed a leading role in Taylor Opera Theatre’s production of Amahl and the Night Visitors, and will perform a leading role in the April production of I Love a Piano in Mitchell Theatre. 

Each of the students are voice majors and minors, studying with Taylor Music Department faculty members Drs. Patricia Robertson and Conor Angell. The students are active in campus performances that include: opera, musical theater, and choral ensembles. Robertson and Angell also attended the competition, serving as judges. Robertson has served as President of the Indiana NATS Chapter.

The annual Student Adjudications (also referred to as Student Auditions) event is one of NATS’s most recognized activities. NATS Auditions serve to introduce young singers to competition by offering students the chance to reach a personal performance goal in an atmosphere of support and respect, as well as nurturing a cooperative effort towards the highest standards of artistry and technique. 

The National Association of Teachers of Singing is dedicated to pedagogical excellence and ethical principles in teaching voice.