Lawrence University Students Earn Six Firsts at State Singing Competition

Lawrence University freshman Alisa Jordheim won her third consecutive state title at the Wisconsin chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition, helping Lawrence Conservatory of Music students claim top honors in six of 14 divisions. The annual state competition was held Nov. 5-6 at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Jordheim, a student in the voice studio of Lawrence professor of music Patrice Michaels earned first-place honors in the college freshman women division. As a student at Appleton North High School, Jordheim previously won the high school music theatre division in 2003 and the high school girls division in 2002.

Pete Petersen, Fort Madison, Iowa, and a student of professor Joanne Boseman, earned his second straight NATS title, winning the senior men division after capturing the men’s junior division crown in 2003.

Other first-place Lawrence finishers included Erica Hamilton, Milwaukee, in the sophomore women division; Brad Grimmer, Mequon, in the junior men division; junior Megan Flod, Stillwater, Minn., in the women’s lower college musical theatre division; and Andria Helm, Rocky Mount, N.C., in the continuing senior women division. Hamilton studies under Joanne Bozeman, Grimmer is a student in the voice studio of professor Ken Bozeman, Flod studies under Michaels and Helm is a student of professor Karen Leigh-Post.

In addition, Anna Koll, a senior at Appleton North High School who also studies with Leigh-Post as a student at the Lawrence Academy of Music, earned first-place honors in the high school girls division. First-place finishers were awarded $100 for their winning efforts.

A total of 42 Lawrence students and two Lawrence Academy of Music students participated in this year’s NATS competition, with 17 of them advancing to the finals. Second-place honors were awarded to Keely Borland, (freshman women), Meredith Claycomb (sophomore women) and Matt Murphy, (men’s lower college music theatre).

The 2004 NATS competition featured more than 480 singers from colleges and high schools throughout Wisconsin. Depending upon the category, competitors are required to sing two, three or four classical pieces from different time periods with at least one selection sung in a foreign language. George Vassos, a former tenor with the New York Philharmonic and a voice professor at the Cleveland Institute of Music, served as guest judge for the competition.