by Jeffrey Carter
Vocal students in the Webster University Department of Music ranked highly at the National Association of Teachers of Singing Central Division Auditions on Nov. 15-17 in Rock Island, Ill. This annual vocal competition gathered students and teachers from Illinois, Iowa and Missouri, including 20 Webster students and faculty members Carole Gaspar, Martha Hart, Debby Lennon and Heather Patterson.
Five Webster students advanced to the final round and received recognition from the adjudication panels. Winning their respective divisions were Hart’s students James Stevens, a junior voice major; Connor Scott, a sophomore music education major; and Danielle Feinstein, a freshman voice major.
Placing third place in their respective divisions were Lennon’s student Colby Dunn, a graduating senior in the Bachelor of Arts program, and Gaspar’s student Randell McGee, a sophomore voice major.
Of the 20 Webster students who traveled to the competition, 13 progressed past the first round to the semi-finals.
“The success of our students is truly wonderful, but hardly a surprise given the caliber of the teaching and of the support they receive from the faculty, their accompanists, and from each other,” said Glen Bauer, acting chair of the Department of Music.
About the National Association of Teachers of Singing
Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members in the United States, Canada, and nearly 30 other countries. Internationally, NATS is represented in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom, with the number of countries growing every year.