UNCSA voice students recognized by North Carolina Teachers of Singing

Veronica Siebert of Lewisville was named outstanding female high school singer at the North Carolina District Auditions of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). She is one of several students in the School of Music at University of North Carolina School of the Arts who won awards at the auditions held Feb. 16 and 17 on the UNCSA campus.

More than 400 students and 70 teachers from high schools, colleges and private studios around the state participated in the event.

Teachers serve as judges for student singers who are ranked against others of similar age and experience. First-, second- and third-place winners are given cash awards. Award winners and singers who score 90 or above out of a possible 100 are eligible to participate in Regional Auditions, with the possibility of advancing to National Auditions.

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A high school senior, Siebert also won a first-place award in her category. She is the daughter of Glenn Siebert, who teaches voice at UNCSA.

Other high school students who won awards are Clara Reeves, a senior from Greenville, N.C., first place; and Lauren Matthews, a senior from Greensboro, third place.

First-year undergraduate students who won awards include: Katherine Ledbetter of High Point, a UNCSA high school alumna, first place; Natalie Pendas of Lauderhill, Fla., first place; Morgan Elise Brady of Keenesaw, Ga., second place; Grace Pfleger of Roanoke, Va., third place; and Catherine Pate Young of Morehead City, third place.

Second-year undergraduate winners were Bonny Blackwell of West Chester, Ohio, a UNCSA high school alumna, second place; and Evynne Franklin of Hillsborough, third place.

Olivia Van Vranken, a third-year college student from Stafford, Va., took third place in her category.

Nineteen high school and undergraduate voice students are eligible to advance to Regional Auditions of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) March 16-17 at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.

In addition to the award winners, the following undergraduate students are eligible to advance to Regional Auditions March 16-17 at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.: Mary Ammons of Pendleton, S.C.; Natalie Bonham of Smithsburg, Md., Jalen Hicks of Greensboro; Evan King of Durham; Keegan Welford Small of Hillsborough; Dorothy Gallagher Smith of Louisburg, N.C.; Chelsea Smith of Charlotte; and Madelyn Ward of Chapel Hill.

Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with nearly 7,000 members in the United States, Canada, and nearly 30 other countries. The North Carolina Chapter is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Region of NATS which includes South Carolina, Maryland/Washington D.C., and Virginia.

by Lauren Whitaker

March 07, 2018