Baylor Vocalists Earn Success in Regional Competition

Rebekah Howell
Rebekah Howell, winner of the Grady Harlan Award, courtesy photo
Nov. 22, 2013

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WACO, Texas (Nov. 22, 2013) -Baylor vocalists recently competed in the Texas and Oklahoma regional competition of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). Semi-finalists from Baylor were placed in all 10 collegiate divisions, with 11 of those students going on to become finalists. Four students earned first place, each in a different division.

The Grady Harlan Award, awarded to one student from the competition who exhibits the most promising professional voice, went to Baylor student Rebekah Howell from the graduate women's division.

"We are very proud of our singers' performances at the NATS competition," said William May, Ph.D., dean of the School of Music.

"We enjoy a long and rich history of winners and finalists in this competition against a large number of very fine music schools in this region," he said. "To win in a single division is special; to win in several is remarkable."

The complete list of Baylor successes is as follows:

• Division XI (Graduate women)

Rebekah Howell - First Place and winner of the Grady Harlan Award

Kaylie Kahlich - Tied for Second Place

Kaitlyn Stobbe - Tied for Second Place

• Division VIII (Junior men)

Sean Jackson - First Place

Zachary Barba - Tied for Third Place

• Division VII (Junior women)

Bethany Wharton - Fourth Place

Vanessa Todora - Fifth Place

• Division VI (Sophomore men)

Scott Clark - First Place

• Division III (Freshmen women)

Victoria Peterson - First Place

Ashton Griffin - Fourth Place

Hannah Ellis - Fifth Place

by Kristen Bennett, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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