HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 7, 2015 – High Point University provided exceptional talent at the state level of the NATS vocal competition held at UNC Charlotte. Six HPU voice students sang for the vocal competition and received four top honors in musical theater style singing:
- Senior Madison Jordan, won first place in the junior/senior male category. Jordan is a double major in theater and vocal performance and studies voice with Dr. Candice Burrows, instructor of voice.
- Roxanne Daneman a junior, and double major in theater and vocal performance also won first place in her category of junior/senior female. Daneman also studies privately with Burrows.
- Ashley Russell, a sophomore vocal performance major is a student of Dr. Scott MacLeod, assistant professor of voice. She received second place in the freshman/sophomore female category.
- Junior Summer Kiesel, a theater major and vocal performance minor, also studies with Burrows and received third place for her junior/senior female category.
“Winning is huge; they are competing against every college and university in the state. We have been doing so well at the NATS competitions in the last few years and I know it is because we have amazing talent here at HPU,” says Burrows.
The NATS competition requires all contestants to perform four songs from musical theater works dating from prior to 1960 and forward to present day. In addition, the student must demonstrate high range and low range dominant singing while engaged in acting out the dramatic roles.
The student winners will be participating in the NATS mid-Atlantic regional competition in March at the University of Maryland.