GODFREY - Four Lewis and Clark Community College Music
Preparatory Division voice students won awards at the National
Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Musical Theatre
competition, which was held Nov. 3 at Webster University in St.
NATS members, including Broadway and musical theater
professionals Tim Schall, Larry Pry and Ann Working, judged the
students at the competition.
Division 3C, lower high school women, awarded soprano Meaghan
Widman, of Jerseyville, second place. In the leading men division
10, baritone Daniel Beckmann was awarded first place and baritone
Jonathan Spilger won second place. In the leading lady division 12,
sopranos Esther Spilger was awarded first place. All of the winning
singers are music preparatory division students of L&C
instructor Jamie Mills.
"Seeing my students, most of whom are in their first year of
competitions, place so highly is one of the most rewarding moments
of my teaching career," Mills said. "I am extremely proud of all of
their hard work and cannot wait to see what they do next."
There were 102 competitors in groups that ranged from
elementary school through adult, representing private voice studios
as well as voice studios at such colleges and universities as
L&C, Washington University, University of Missouri St. Louis
and Webster University.
The National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS)
was founded in 1944 and is now the largest association of teachers
of singing in the world. Its mission is to encourage the
highest standards of the vocal art and of ethical principles in the
teaching of singing and to promote vocal education and research at
all levels, both for the enrichment of the general public and for
the professional advancement of the talented.