Six Students Earn Top Honors in State Singing Competition

Highlighted by Evan Bravos’ second straight state title, six Lawrence University students earned first-place honors at the 2010 Wisconsin chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition held Nov. 5-6 at UW-Milwaukee.

Bravos, of St. Charles, Ill, won the men’s Upper Level Music Theater Division, after winning the senior men’s division in 2009.

Also winning their respective divisions were Alex York, Muskego, freshman men; Tory Wood, Escanaba, Mich., sophomore women; Luke Randall, Edina, Minn., sophomore men; Rachel Graber, St. Paul, Minn., junior women; and Ally Kunath, Park Ridge, Ill., junior women.

Thirteen of Lawrence’s 61 student entries advanced to the competition finals. In addition to the six winners, four Lawrence students earned second-place honors and two were awarded third place. The first-place finishers each received $150 for their winning efforts, while second- and third-place finishers received $125 and $100, respectively.

The 2010 auditions drew more than 500 singers from around the state who competed in 20 separate divisions by gender and level. Depending upon the category, NATS 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.

Lawrence place winners with their category and (teacher) include:

First-Place Honors
• Alex York, freshman men (Steven Spears)
• Tory Wood, sophomore women (Patrice Michaels)
• Luke Randall, sophomore men (Ken Bozeman)
• Rachel Graber, junior women (tie) (John Gates)
• Allie Kunath, junior women (tie) (Joanne Bozeman)
• Evan Bravos, upper level music theater men (Ken Bozeman)

Second-Place Honors
• Ian Koziara, freshman men (Steven Spears)
• Anna Valcour, sophomore women (Joanne Bozeman)
• Clare Bohrer, junior women (Patrice Michael)
• Sarah Brannon, senior women (Ken Bozeman)

Third-Place Honors
• Zoie Reams, freshman women (John Gates)
• Stefan Egerstrom, senior men (Ken Bozeman)