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Singers Earn Honors

The Lewis and Clark Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) held its student adjudication event on the Dordt College campus this spring, with eighty students, mostly from regional colleges, attending.

Each year NATS chapters and regions host a day during which singers perform and receive written feedback. Eligibility levels range from high school and college-age students to adult vocalists taking voice lessons with a NATS teacher.

The day began with a morning preliminary round in which students sang for a panel of adjudicators. A second round was conducted in the afternoon, with seventeen finalists selected to perform in an honors recital. Awards were presented in each age division following the honors recital.

Dordt College students participating in the event were Elinor Booth, Austin, Minnesota.; Sarah Slegers, Orange City, Iowa; Amber Steggerda, Orange City; Wilbert Talen, Charlottetown, Canada; Josh Van Donselaar, Grinnell, Iowa; Alan De Young, South Holland, Illinois; Kelly Hanenburg, South Holland; Amanda Vander Woude, Kuna, Idaho; Lisa De Vries, Orange City; Alecia Engelsman, Hudsonville, Michigan; and Kate Lesage, Sioux Center.

De Vries, Engelsman, and Lesage proceeded to finals and were selected to perform in the honors recital, while De Young, Hanenburg, and Vander Woude advanced to the semi-finals with their solos.