Seventeen University of Southern Mississippi students placed in
the Mississippi Chapter of the National Association of Teachers
of Singing (NATS) auditions in March at Southern Miss in Hattiesburg.
Competing with other universities and colleges statewide, more than
35 student vocalists in the School of Music at Southern Miss were
among a field of 350 students from 15 schools.
extremely proud of what all of our (Southern Miss) students have
accomplished at the auditions," said Dr. Maryann Kyle, assistant
professor of music/voice. "There were so many talented singers
auditioning from all over the state. That our students placed so
well only accentuates the great progress we are making toward becoming
the preeminent voice department in the region."
Miss students placing in the auditions include the following: soprano
Hillary Ginther of Bristol, Va., placing first, soprano Robyn Holmes
of Petal, placing second, and mezzo-soprano Andrea Gabrielse of
New Orleans, La., placing third in the freshman women category;
tenor Daland Jones, of Ripley, winning first place in the freshman
men category; soprano Alice Wright of Mobile, Ala., winning first
place in the junior women category; baritone Joe Styron, of Mandeville,
La., winning first place among junior men; soprano Bevan Byers of
Palm Bay, Fla., winning third place in the senior women category;
and soprano Robyn Holmes of Petal, winning first place in the younger
college musical theatre category.
Miss winners also include the following: tenor Hunter Graybeal of
Bristol, Tenn., placing first and soprano Meredith Melvin of Petal,
placing third in the older college musical theatre category; mezzo-soprano
Rocio Tamez of Monterrey, Mexico, placing first and soprano Lynn
Beach Smith of Columbia, placing second in the older advanced students
category; soprano Emily Hindrichs of Slidell, La., and soprano Tania
Leal of Puebla, Mexico, tied for first in the younger graduate women
category; soprano Allanda Small of Hattiesburg, placing second in
the older graduate student category; baritone Robert Bradley of
Greeneville, Tenn., placing first place in the older graduate men
category; and soprano Claudia Martinez of San Pedro Sula, Honduras,
taking first in the avocational student category.
are held annually in conjunction with the members' conference. Teachers
are invited to bring students to compete and the competitions are
adjudicated by NATS members. Classified by age and level of experience,
the students compete in three rounds-a preliminary round, a semifinals
round that includes scoring, and the finals round in which students
For more information,
contact Dr. Maryann Kyle at (601) 266-6059.