LaGrange vocalists shine at competition

LaGrange vocalists shine at competition

March 22, 2016

Voice students of Dr. Toni Anderson, Music Professor and Program Director, and Dr. Andrea Mueller, Professor of Applied Voice, recently excelled at the 2016 Southeastern Regional National Association of Teacher of Singing held in Deland, Fla.

First-place honors went to Kelsey Seals, second year college women (musical theater); Jalen Smith, third year college men (musical theater) and (spirituals); and Amy Docalavich, fourth year college women (musical theater).

Kelsey performed “Everybody’s Girl” from “Steel Pier;” Amy presented “What I Did for Love” from “A Chorus Line;” and Jalen sang “Sit Down, You’re Rocking the Boat” from “Guys and Dolls” and the spiritual, “My God is So High.”

Other winners were Elyse Barnett, third place, first year college women (classical) and third place, first year college women (musical theater); Linda Jackson, third place (spirituals); Leigh Anne Hamlin, finalist, first year college women (musical theater); and Caleb Brown, finalist, second year college men (musical theater).

More than 350 students from colleges across Georgia, Alabama and Florida competed in the event. Being named a finalist qualifies students to compete in the preliminary round of the National NATS competition.

“The finalists are invited to submit a YouTube video that will be judged by a panel who will choose the 14 semifinalists,” Dr. Anderson said. “Those 14 students will be invited to compete at the national conference in July. Amy was a semifinalist two years ago, and Kelsey was a semifinalist last year.”

“We are so proud of our students,” Dr. Anderson said. “They have done some amazing work this year.”

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