Lawrence University students captured first-place honors in four categories at the 2009 Wisconsin chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition held Nov. 6-7 at UW-Eau Claire.
Winning their respective divisions were Erin Bryan, Appleton, sophomore women; Sara Brannon, Houston, Texas, junior women; Patrick MacDevitt, Marquette, Mich., junior men; and Evan Bravos, St. Charles, Ill., senior men.
Bryan is a student of Professor of Music Patrice Michaels. MacDevitt studies in the voice studio of assistant professor of music Steven Spears. Brannon and Bravos are both voice students of Ken Bozeman, Frank C. Shattuck Professor of Music.
Eight of Lawrence’s 35 singers entered in the competition advanced to the finals round. The four first-place finishers each were awarded $150 for their winning efforts, while second- and third-place finishers received $125 and $100, respectively.
This year’s auditions drew a total of 345 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.
2009 NATS Auditions/Lawrence Results
November 6-7 at UW-Eau Claire
High School Men
Luke Selker, Appleton, Wis./Third Place/Carol Jegen/Ken Bozeman
Katrina Zosseder, San Rafael, Calif./Third Place/Karen Leigh-Post
Luke Randall, Edina, Minn./Second Place/Ken Bozeman
Erin Bryan, Appleton, Wis./First Place/Patrice Michaels
Julia Steiner, Milwaukee, Wis./Third Place/Patrice Michaels
Sara Brannon, Houston, Texas/First Place/Ken Bozeman
Patrick MacDevitt, Marquette, Mich./First Place/Steven Spears
Evan Bravos, St. Charles, Ill./First Place/Ken Bozeman