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Singers Place in Houston Vocal Competition

UST Participants GHNATS Vocal CompetitionEight University of St. Thomas vocal studies students competed in the Greater Houston National Association of Teachers of Singing competition, or NATS competition, on March 29 at Lonestar Community College in Kingwood.

Six students advanced to finals and two made semi-finalists in the spring vocal competition. UST students competed against students from Sam Houston State University, Lamar University, Texas Southern University, Houston Baptist University and many other local community colleges.

The following UST music students participated:

  • Alexandra Summeour, second place, College Junior Women Division
  • Cristina Amaro, second place, College Senior Women Division
  • Errin Hatter, second place, Advanced Adult Division
  • Bethany Goldson, third place, College Sophomore Women
  • Marissa Sears, third place, College Graduate Division
  • Carolina Botero, third place, Advanced Adult Division
  • Megan Vaughan, semi-finalist, College Freshmen Women
  • Becky Amaro, semi-finalist, College Senior Women

Two students from Dr. Brady Knapp’s private studio also competed. Mohammad Salman, who participates in UST choir and opera workshop, placed second in the Beginning Adult Division. Emily Wolf, a junior High School for the Performing and Visual Arts student, was a semi-finalist.

Knapp, associate professor of music and director of vocal and choral studies, said he is proud of the UST vocal music students who competed.

“The students have represented UST at the NATS competitions very well in the past and once again have succeeded,” Knapp said. “It is a pleasure to work with this group of talented singers."

Prof. Jasmine Hattem accompanied the students in the competition. "We're lucky to have her," Knapp said.

The next Music Department concert is a Musical Theater Revue by the Pop Singers at 7:30 p.m. on April 14 and 15 in Cullen Hall. The entertaining and family-friendly event is free and open to the public.

Also the University Singers will present a night of sacred choral music, including Mozart's “Missa Brevis” in D minor with a chamber orchestra at 7:30 p.m. on April 29 in the Chapel of St. Basil at UST. The event is free and open to the public. 


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