College of Humanities & Social Sciences, Music, Student Stories

CSU student singers advance to national singing competition

By Jill Terhaar Lewis | April 24, 2024
Pictured:Annalisa Blevins, Lindy Turner, Lauren Rhoades, Luke Bauer, Iris Salvador, Katherine Kailey, and Luke Jones

A large group of Charleston Southern students participated in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Mid-Atlantic Region Conference and Student Auditions in Februaary, and several have advanced to the NATS National Student Auditions competition.

The NATS National Student Auditions begin with a preliminary YouTube round. Students will submit videos to be adjudicated, and then the semifinalists will compete at the NATS National Conference in Knoxville, Tennessee, beginning June 28. 

Mid-Atlantic Region NATS Students Advancing to National Competition

First Year Classical Treble National Student Auditions Qualifier (NSA)

Katherine Kailey, soprano, won second place (Music Therapy, student of Dr. Jill Terhaar Lewis)

First Year Musical Theatre Treble National Student Auditions Qualifier (NSA)

Lindy Turner, soprano, tied for third place (Music and Worship Leadership, student of Dr. Jennifer Luiken) 

First Year Commercial Music TBB National Student Auditions Qualifier (NSA)

Luke Bauer, tenor, won first place (Music and Worship Leadership, student of Terhaar Lewis) 

Second Year Classical TBB

Luke Jones, tenor, won third place (nondegree seeking, student of Luiken) 

Fourth/Fifth Year Classical Treble National Student Auditions Qualifier (NSA)

Iris Salvador, soprano, won first place (Music Therapy, student of Luiken) 

Annalisa Blevins, soprano, tied for second place (Music Performance, student of Mr. Ricard Bordas) 

Adult Avocational Commercial Music Treble 

(This category does not advance to Nationals)

Lauren Rhoades, mezzo-soprano, won second place (Psychology, student of Mrs. Andrea White) 

Charleston Southern students who advanced from South Carolina competition in October to the Mid-Atlantic Regionals:

South Carolina NATS Student Audition Results – Region Qualifiers

First Year Classical Treble 

Katherine Kailey, soprano (Music Therapy, student of Terhaar Lewis)

First Year Musical Theatre Treble or TBB

Lindy Turner, soprano (Music and Worship Leadership, student of Dr. Luiken)

Luke Bauer, tenor (Music and Worship Leadership, student of Terhaar Lewis)

First Year Commercial Music TBB

Luke Bauer, tenor (Music and Worship Leadership, student of Terhaar Lewis)

Second Year Musical Theatre TTB.

Luke Jones, tenor, won first place (nondegree seeking, student of Luiken)

Second Year Classical Treble or TBB

Luke Jones, tenor (nondegree seeking, student of Luiken)  

Melody Butcher, soprano (Music Education – Choral, student of Luiken)  

Third Year Classical Treble

Alyssa Medina, mezzo-soprano (Music Education – Choral, student of Bordas)

Fourth/Fifth Year Classical Treble or TBB

Annalisa Blevins, soprano (Music Performance, student of Bordas)

Meredith Lane, soprano (Music Education – Choral, student of Bordas)

Iris Salvador, soprano (Music Therapy, student of Luiken)

Michael Trimboli, bass (Music Education – Choral, student of Luiken)

Fourth/Fifth Year Musical Theatre Treble 

Elise Bright, soprano (Communication Studies, student of White)

Adult Avocational Commercial Music Treble

Lauren Rhoades, mezzo-soprano, won first place (Psychology, student of White) 

Terhaar Lewis, chair of vocal programs, will be co-presenting at the national conference, with Dr. Lucinda Halstead, and Mrs. Deanna McBroom: Vocal Zebras – Identify, Diagnose and Treat with Vocal Maneuvers, Multidisciplinary Collaboration and Singing Habilitation Techniques


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