Ashland University Singers Compete Successfully at Great Lakes Regional NATS

3/7/11 ASHLAND, OH -- Last week several vocal students from Ashland University's Department of Music participated in the National Association of Teachers of Singing's (NATS) Great Lakes Regional Student Auditions at Bowling Green State University.

While all of the Ashland University students received complimentary and useful comments about their singing, the following students placed in their categories:

*         Kathryn Mounts of Greenwich, Ohio, and student of Denise Howell, Honorable Mention for the Lower College Musical Theatre category, which includes students with less than four semesters of college undergraduate study.

*         Derek Jackenheimer from Ashland, Ohio, and student of Denise Howell, First Place for Freshman College Men.

*         Chanae Curtis from Cleveland Heights, Ohio and student of Dione Bennett, Second Place for Junior College Women.

NATS was founded in 1944 and is now the largest association of teachers of singing in the world. Today NATS boasts more than 6,500 members in the United States, Canada, and over 25 other countries around the world. It offers a variety of lifelong learning experiences to its members, such as workshops, intern programs, master classes, and conferences, all beginning at the chapter level and progressing to national events. Students of NATS members have access to one of the organization's most widely recognized activities -- Student Auditions.

The Student Auditions are hosted each year by NATS chapters and regions offering an exciting experience where singers perform and receive written feedback about their performances. At the Great Lakes Region's event, which includes chapters from Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and Ontario, Canada, each student sings a 10-minute audition and he or she is then ranked against the other singers in that category. The first-place winners of each category then perform at the Concert of Promise for all of the singers and teachers in the large concert hall. Ashland University freshman Derek Jackenheimer performed in this event after receiving first place for Freshman College Men.

For more information about Ashland University's vocal program, visit www.ashland.edu/music<http://www.ashland.edu/music> or contact Tricia Applegate, coordinator of performing arts publicity and events, at 419-289-5950 or tapplega@ashland.edu<mailto:tapplega@ashland.edu>.
Ashland University (www.ashland.edu<http://www.ashland.edu>) is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.