students at The University of Southern Mississippi placed in the
2003 National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) southern
regional auditions Nov. 6-8 at Mississippi College in Clinton.
More than 20
student vocalists in the School of Music at Southern Miss were among
a field of 520 students from 43 schools registered to compete. Among
these schools were Louisiana State University, Loyola University,
University of New Orleans, Mississippi State University, University
of Mississippi and University of Arkansas.
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 region. 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 tenor Daland Jones
of Ripley, winning first place in the freshman men category; soprano
Hillary Ginther of Bristol, Va., winning second place in the freshman
women category; baritone Joe Styron of New Orleans, winning third
place among sophomore men; and Emily Hendrichs of Slidell, La.,
winning first place in the younger graduate women category.
Miss winners also include mezzo-soprano Hope Fairchild of Purvis,
winning second place in the older graduate women category; tenor
Rudy Gatlin of Ellisville, winning first place in the older graduate
men category; and baritone Robert Bradley of Greenville, Tenn.,
winning second place in the older graduate men category.
region of NATS includes teachers and schools from Arkansas, Louisiana
and Mississippi. The auditions are held annually in conjunction
with the members' conference. Teachers are invited to bring students
to compete and are judged by NATS members. Classified by age and
level of experience, the students compete in three rounds-a preliminary
round, a semifinals that includes scoring and the finals round,
in which students are ranked. There is no advancement beyond the
Hindrichs, and Bradley are students of Kyle. Styron, Fairchild,
and Gatlin are student of Dr. Larry Smith, professor of voice.