University Relations // 06.05.2017
Charleston Southern University junior Meagan Carlson has advanced to the Semifinals in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) National Student Auditions.
Carlson, a junior from Jackonsville, Florida, is a music major studying Music Performance. She has been featured with CSU Lyric Theatre in their production of the musical She Loves Me and was a soloist with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra’s Young People’s Concert: The Orchestra Sings in March.
The singer’s participation category is determined by musical style, experience, age, and class. More than 80 NATS chapters hold NATS Student Auditions each year from the organization’s 14 regions. Singers must be student of a current NATS member. Top performers have an opportunity to advance to the national round of auditions.
South Carolina NATS held district auditions for Music Theater and Contemporary Commercial Music last Fall in conjunction with the SCNATS Fall Workshop. Classical and the Hall Johnson Spiritual category Auditions were held in February. Singers in eligible categories advanced to the Mid-Atlantic Region competition held at UNC-Chapel Hill in March. The Mid-Atlantic Region advanced 40 students to the National Semifinals – more than any other Region in the Nation – and includes members from the SC, NC, VA, and DC-MD districts.
Students who advanced to the Preliminary National round at Region competition, submitted videos to YouTube for evaluation. Fourteen semifinalists were selected for each of the categories ranging in age from high school through college. The Semifinal and Final rounds will be held live at the NATS National Workshop July 20-22 to be held in Boulder, Colorado at the University of Boulder.
Founded in 1964, Charleston Southern University is a private, four-year liberal arts college. CSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention. The university's vision is to be a Christian university nationally recognized for integrating faith in learning, leading and serving.