MBU vocal students shine in local music auditions

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Seven students represented Missouri Baptist University at the St. Louis chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) auditions on March 3 at Lewis & Clark Community College, and three students placed in their divisions.

MBU congratulates the following students who participated in the prestigious auditions:

Brooklyn Lovelace – placed first in Senior Women Division

Leigha Stockton – placed second in Junior Women Division

Mary Kate Walton – placed first in Sophomore Women Division

Preston Hitt

Paul Kasten

Gabriella Stahlschmidt

Shavon Swearengen

“Each MBU student who performed in the auditions represented our University so well, and we are excited to celebrate with those who won,” said Pat Lacey, assistant professor of music. “These auditions are an invaluable experience for students as they prepare for professional careers in music.”

In order to sing in the auditions, students must be taking voice lessons from a member of NATS who teaches privately or in a university/college in the greater St. Louis area or eastern Illinois. Each student sings two selections with at least one in English, and their vocal adaptability is showcased by having an accompanist with whom they have never worked.

First and second place winners receive a cash prize and have the opportunity to perform in state, regional and national auditions.

Missouri Baptist University is a Christ-centered university located in Saint Louis. MBU offers more than 40 undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees in education, business and religion and its new terminal degree, the Doctor of Education. In addition to its 66-acre West St. Louis County campus, MBU offers degree programs at 10 regional learning centers throughout Saint Louis, in Southern Illinois and online. For more information, go to www.mobap.edu or call 1-877-434-1115.