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Music students see success at vocal competition

Posted: Nov 20, 2013


Every contestant in the musical theatre division was required to sing three pieces, one written before 1960. One of Seth's selections was "Maria" from West Side Story.

Olivet music students showcased their vocal talents by participating in the annual National Association of Teachers Singing (NATS) competition on November 15 and 16, 2013. Competing with students of the NATS central region from colleges and universities in Illinois, Iowa and Missouri, Olivet was well-represented.

Students who competed were: Madie Bloom (sophomore, Eden Prairie, Minn.); Selina Gaines (junior, Flushing, Mich.); Cassandra Petrie (junior, Albion, Ind.); Christine Caven (senior, Boise, Idaho); and Seth Lowery (senior, Kankakee, Ill.). All are taught by Dr. Neal Woodruff ’91.

Cassandra Petrie and Seth Lowery were regional semi-finalists in the classical division, and Christine Caven was a regional semi-finalist in the musical theatre division. Seth also placed third in the musical theatre division and qualified for the national competition.

“For me, going to these competitions helps me to be happy about the accomplishments that the Lord helped me attain, but also to keep pushing forward,” Seth says.

Seth will now submit a video for the next round of the competition. The videos will be reviewed, and finalists will be chosen for the national competition to be held in Boston this coming spring.

“Most schools only send performance majors, but we send students from all of our concentrations,” Dr. Woodruff says. “Competent craftsmanship is important not only for the educational process, but also for the good stewardship of God’s gifts. We believe it’s important for everyone to be competent.”

The NATS Foundation’s purpose is to give help to students aspiring to be talented teachers and singers. This is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members.