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CSU Voice Students Advance to Regional Competition

University Relations // 03.14.2017

Horton School of Music

Seven Horton School of Music voice students have earned spots in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Mid-Atlantic Region competition March 17 and 18 at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

Students advancing in the Musical Theater category:

  • Zachary Patton, a music performance major (Lower College/Independent Studio Men)
  • Justin Borak, a communication major (Upper College/Independent Studio Men)
  • Meagan Carlson, a music performance major (Upper College/Independent Studio Women)

Patton and Carlson are voice students of Dr. Jill Terhaar Lewis, and Borak is a student of Dr. Jennifer Luiken.

Students advancing in the Classical category:

  • Patton (Second Year College/Independent Studio Men)
  • Carlson (Fourth Fifth Year College/Independent Studio Women)
  • Lyricc Jenkins, a music performance major (First Year College/Independent Studio Women)
  • Alisa Ljungquist, a music therapy major (Second Year College/Independent Studio Women)
  • Jacob Turner, a music performance major (First Year College/Independent Studio Men)
  • Kaegan Fitzherbert, a music performance major (Second Year College/Independent Studio Men).

Jenkins, Ljungquist and Fitzherbert study with Luiken, and Turner studies with Lewis.

To advance to the regional competition, students competed with others in the same age, level of study, and gender groups in competitions in Music Theater or Classical categories held by the South Carolina Chapter NATS. 

Over 560 students are scheduled to compete in the Mid-Atlantic region. Students who finish in the top five of their respective categories at the regional level may advance to the national level auditions in Boulder, Colo., in July.

Lewis is finishing her final year as president of the South Carolina Chapter of NATS and will be the S.C. District Governor beginning in July. More details of the event can be found here: midatlanticnats.org/.

CSU offers four degrees in music: music and worship leadership, music education, music therapy and music performance.

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Photo: Zach Patton, Jacob Turner, Kaegan Fitzherbert, Alisa Ljungquist, Lyricc Jenkins and Meagan Carlson.  (Justin Borak not pictured.)


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