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Schwob vocalists bring home top awards at state competition

ATHENS, Ga. Six voice students from the Columbus State University Schwob School of Music received top awards at the National Association of Teachers of Singing state-level student auditions at the University of Georgia on Oct. 27-28.

NATS is a nonprofit organization regarded as the largest professional association for voice teachers around the world. It has more than 7,000 members across the United States and almost 30 other countries. The purpose of the organization is to “encourage the highest standards of the vocal art and of ethical principles in the teaching of singing; and to promote vocal education and research at all levels, both for the enrichment of the general public and for the professional advancement of the talented.”

The Schwob School of Music winners were:

  • 1st Place: Mary Lee Turner, Second Year College Women, student of Michelle DeBruyn
  • 2nd Place: Kara Hammonds, First Year College Women, student of Kimberly Cone
  • 2nd Place: Madeleine Munro, Advanced Women, student of Michelle DeBruyn
  • 3rd Place: Brielle Sims, Fourth and Fifth Year College Women, student of Dian Lawler-Johnson
  • 3rd Place: Casey Sargent, First Year Musical Theatre College Women, student of Kimberly Cone
  • 3rd Place: Katherine Ambrester, Fourth and Fifth Year College Women, student of Michelle DeBruyn

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