Three University Voice Students Advance to Semi-Finals at National Competition

December 03, 2014

Janell Stallard

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Three voice students from the Department of Music at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi advanced to the semi-finals with one of those students taking  third place at the Regional National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Conference and Competition held November 5-8  at Kingwood  College in Kingwood, Texas.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi winner and semi-finalists were:

  • Janell Stallard: 3rd place - Junior Women
  • Michelle Villarreal: Semi-finalist - Senior Women
  • Madeleine Bryce: Semi-finalist - Graduate Women

This year, nearly 500 singers from Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico participated in the auditions.  Students competed against many other large and well-known schools of music including Rice University, Sam Houston State University, the University of Texas, the University of Texas-San Antonio, Texas Tech University, and many more.

Students were accompanied by Dr. Hye Young Kim, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Collaborative Pianist. In addition to competing, the students also participated in recitals and attended master classes throughout the weekend.

NATS, the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world, has more than 7,000 members in the United States, Canada, and nearly 30 other countries. Students of NATS members have access to the organization's student auditions. Contestants must meet criteria related to age, semesters of voice study, and repertoire requirements related to music and number of songs. Categories include high school and professional levels.  Texas A&M Corpus Christi students were entered in collegiate categories, which are divided by both gender, and level of study.