Five students qualify for National NATS Student Auditions

12/4/18
HAYS, Kan. – The Department of Music and Theatre at Fort Hays State University enjoyed success at the National Association of Teachers of Singing West Central Regional Student Auditions in Lincoln, Neb.

Students of Dr. Joseph Perniciaro, associate professor of music and theatre, and Dr. Ivalah Allen, associate professor of music and theatre, competed against students from Nebraska, Colorado and Kansas. Five students, who were regional finalists, placing in the top five in their respective divisions, have qualified to compete in the 2019 NATS National Student Auditions.

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

Regional Finalists and Winners

Eric Adams, Hays freshman majoring in music, fourth place, freshman men’s classical.

Rachel Nansel, Hays sophomore majoring in sociology, third place, upper college women’s music theatre. She also competed in junior women’s classical, but did not advance.

Raeanna Peacock, Hays senior majoring in music performance, second place, senior women’s classical.

Luis Valencia, Leoti freshman majoring in music education, third place, freshman men’s classical.

Katy Walters, Hays freshman majoring in music performance, fifth place, freshman women’s classical.

Regional Semi-Finalists

Braydon Boyer, Salina sophomore majoring in music performance, sophomore men’s classical.

Jeremy Claude, Hays sophomore majoring in criminal justice, sophomore men’s classical division.

Jenna Confer, St. Francis sophomore majoring in elementary education, sophomore women’s classical, lower college women’s music theatre.

Danni Dickerson, Riley junior majoring in music education, upper college women’s music theatre.

Roslind Finlay, Carbondale junior majoring in general education (theatre), lower college women’s music theatre.

Adam Flax, Hays senior majoring in music education, upper college men’s music theatre.

Matea Gregg, Hays senior majoring in communications, upper college women’s music theatre.

Rachelle Lumpkins, Hays sophomore majoring in music education, sophomore women’s classical division.

Jared Thom, Hays junior majoring in information networking and telecommunications, upper college men’s music theatre, junior men’s classical.

Ryan Will, Hays freshman majoring in psychology, lower college men’s music theatre.

Sarah Wysem, Hays freshman majoring in music performance, freshman women’s classical division.

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