Seven students advance to National NATS Student Auditions

11/17/17
HAYS, Kan. – The Fort Hays State University Department of Music and Theatre enjoyed success when competing recently at the West Central Region National Association of Teachers of Singing Student Auditions in Greeley, Colo.

Students of Dr. Joseph Perniciaro, associate professor of music and theatre, and Dr. Ivalah Allen, associate professor of music and theatre, earned regional finalist and semi-finalist designations as well as two first-place awards. Seven students qualified as regional finalists and will compete in the 2018 National NATS Student Auditions.

Students and their awards are listed alphabetically within their award category.

Regional Finalists


Max Befort, Hays senior majoring in music education, fourth place, junior men classical. 

Clayton Capra, Dighton senior majoring in music education, first place, senior men classical.

Jeremy Claude, Hays freshman majoring in music, fifth place, freshman men classical.

Jon-Luke Martin, Salina senior majoring in music theory and composition, fifth place, upper college men music theatre.

Rachel Nansel, Hays freshman majoring in sociology, first place, lower college women music theatre.

Raenna Peacock, Hays junior majoring in music performance, second place, upper college women music theatre.

Jared Thom, Hays sophomore majoring in information networking and telecommunications, fifth place, lower college men music theatre.

Regional Semi-Finalists

Braydon Boyer, Salina freshman majoring in music performance, freshman men classical, lower college men music theatre.

Ciara Calhoon, Beloit sophomore majoring in music education, junior women classical.

Clayton Capra, upper college men music theatre.

Jenna Confer, St. Francis freshman majoring in elementary education, freshman women classical.

Adam Flax, Hays junior majoring in music education, upper college men music theatre.

Matea Gregg, Hays junior majoring in communication studies, upper college women music theatre.

Cody Kreutzer, Hays junior majoring in general studies (theatre), lower college men music theater.

Rachelle Lumpkins, Hays freshman majoring in music education, freshman women classical.

Jon-Luke Martin, senior men classical.

Allsion Muth, Great Bend freshman majoring in organizational leadership, freshman women classical.

Rachel Nansel, junior women classical.

Jacob Ostmeyer, Salina junior majoring in information networking and telecommunications, junior men classical.

Jared Thom, sophomore men classical.

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