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UNI hosts NATS Auditions, celebrates student success

Posted on Thursday, November 13th, 2014

The University of Northern Iowa School of Music was pleased to host the National Association of Teachers of Singing district student auditions on UNI campus, November 7-8. Over the course of the two-day event, the School of Music hosted approximately 250 students, 40 adjudicators and 45 pianists from universities, colleges, high schools and private studios throughout the state. The event was coordinated by the UNI voice division faculty, with the assistance of over 90 student organization and community volunteers and 8 faculty and student pianists.

Eleven (11) University of Northern Iowa School of Music students received top honors at the auditions.

UNI students claimed five 1st place honors. Andrew Cutler of Waukee earned 1st place in Division II; Cutler is a student of John Hines. Megan Grey of Cedar Falls earned 1st place in Division VB; Grey is a student of Jean McDonald. Leia Lensing of Solon earned 1st place in Division VII; Lensing is a student of Jean McDonald. Brandon Schneider of Antioch, IL earned 1st place in Division VIII; Schneider is a student of Leslie Morgan. Sarah Draffen of Reinbeck earned 1st place in Division IX; Draffen is a student of Jeffrey Brich.

Six UNI students claimed second and third place awards. Aaron DeSantiago of Council Bluffs earned 2nd place in Division IB; DeSantiago is a student of Jeffrey Brich. Adam Brown of Urbandale earned 2nd place in Division VI; Brown is a student of Jean McDonald. Kayla Kjeldseth of Sioux City shared a tie for 2nd place in Division IX with Katherin Kneisley of Rochester, NH; Kjeldseth is a student of Jean McDonald, while Kneisley is a student of John Hines. Lauren Soukup of Marion earned 3rd place in Division IB; Soukup is a student of Jean McDonald. Laurelin Berkley of Leclaire earned 3rd place in Division III; Berkley is a student of Leslie Morgan.

For more information on these students, the UNI Voice Division or School of Music events and programs, contact Caroline Boehmer (319) 273-2028, caroline.boehmer@uni.edu or visit www.uni.edu/music

NATS 2014

Back row left to right:
Brandon Schneider 1st Senior Men
Andrew Hansen honorable mention sophomore men
Kayla Kjeldseth 2nd graduates
Sarah Draffen 1st graduates
Leia Lensing 1st Senior women
Megan Grey 1st junior women

Front row:
Katherin Kneisley, 2nd graduates
MaKayla McDonald, honorable mention senior women
Adam Brown 2nd junior men
Laurelin Berkeley, 3rd sophomore women
Lauren Soukup, freshman women

Not pictured are
JoAnna Geffert, Grad division Honorable Mention
Andrew Cutler, First place Freshman Men
Aaron DeSantiago,  Second place Freshman Men