Seven UNK Vocalists Earn Honors in National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition

Dr. Anne Foradori
UNK Department of Music and Performing Arts, 308.865.8610

Seven University of Nebraska at Kearney vocalists have earned honors in the National Association of Teachers of Singing regional competition held recently at Kansas State University.

“We congratulate our students for putting together auditions and jumping into this competitive setting with some big schools,” said Dr. Anne Foradori, UNK Department of Music and Performing Arts professor. “Their energy, commitment and ‘esprit de corps’ always represent UNK well–not only in their musical performances, but in how they conduct themselves as representatives of our department and university.

“Thanks to Dr. Marilyn Musick, Todd Thalken and Donna Pucket for their support of students through their gift of collaboration as accompanists,” she said.
The students and their placings include:
Atlanta – Brooke Scripter, soprano, second place among the senior women.
Grand Island – Patrick York, tenor, fifth place in the senior men category.
Kearney – Katie Ridder, soprano, fourth place in the sophomore women category; Amy Jensen, mezzo-soprano, fifth place in the older         musical theatre category.
O’Neill – Jordan Peterson, tenor, honorable mention among the sophomore men.

Two students were selected as finalists. They include: Lauren Rudolph, a soprano from Ogallala, and Amber Kosmicki, a mezzo-soprano from Holdrege.

In all, more than 325 students from Nebraska and Kansas participated in the event. NATS is the largest association of teachers of singing in the world. The organization, founded on March 23, 1944, in Cincinnati, Ohio, currently has about 7,000 members.