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Three students place in NATS vocal competition

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMOND – Three students from Southeastern Louisiana University vocal music studios were among the winners in the recent National Association of Teachers of Singing Southern Regional competition.

     Singers from Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas, including 18 from Southeastern, participated in the competition, held Nov. 9-11 at Henderson State College in Arkadelphia, Ark. Of the Southeastern students competing, 15 advanced to the semifinal round. The students are from the vocal music studios of music faculty David Bernard, Joy Ratliff, Stephen Rushing and Kay Schepker.

     David Thomas of Slidell, who studies with Rushing, finished first place in the adult student division, while Sarah Kennemer of Mandeville, a student of Bernard, placed second in the junior women’s division. Meghan Wagner of Hammond, who studies with Schepker through Southeastern’s Community Music School, took fourth place honors in the women’s high school division.

     Also participating in the competition were Bethany Barnes and Jane Rownd, Hammond; Dennis Pevey, Ponchatoula; Emily Johnson, Colby McCurdy, Scott McDonough and Brandon Wear, Slidell; Kimberly Hilliard, Dustin Johnson, and Emily Stokes, Covington; Cara Williams, Franklinton; Cali McQueen, Gonzales; Chris Giffin, Baton Rouge; Brian Martinez, Montz; and Charlene Robinson, Destrehan.

     Southeastern pianists Raisa Voldman and Irina Cunev accompanied the students.

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