Archive for March, 2008

LC Music Dept. Hosts NATS auditions

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

 Pineville, LA… “Some excellent singing will be heard during every moment,” according to Dr. Loryn Frey, Chair of the Louisiana College Music Department, as they host over one hundred-fifty participants, including voice teachers, voice students and pianists for the auditions portion of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Conference on Saturday, March 8th.  Preliminary rounds of auditions begin at 9 a.m. in the Weathersby Fine Arts Building and will continue until about noon.  Final rounds will be held beginning at 1:30 p.m. in Guinn Auditorium.

Students from the Frey studio, as well as other undergraduate, graduate, and high school voice students from around the state will be singing for a panel of judges in twenty different categories.  Those who are deemed eligible from the first round of auditions will advance to the finals in each category.  One winner and one runner-up in each category will receive a certificate and a cash award.

Also in conjunction with the conference, the State round of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artists Award Auditions (NATSAA) will be held on campus as well. This competition takes place every other year and is designed, according to Edward Baird (President of NATS, 1985-1987), “To select, through a series of elimination rounds on the district, regional and national levels, singers whose artistry indicates that they are ready for a professional career and to encourage them toward that goal with a cash prize and the opportunity for performance engagements.”

Three celebrity judges will be on campus to judge this special event.  The winner will go on to regional and then national rounds of competition which will take place during the National Convention in Nashville, TN this summer.  The NATSAA event begins at 3 p.m. in Guinn Auditorium and is open to the public, as are all earlier auditions.

If you would like more information about this event, please contact Dr. Loryn Frey, Chair, Louisiana College Division of Visual and Performing Arts: 487-7511 or