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Three Lawrence University students won their division at the 2013 Wisconsin chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition held Nov. 1-2 at UW-Stevens Point.

Katy Harth, Naperville, Ill., earned first-place honors in the women’s Upper College Music Theater division and third-place honors in the senior women’s division.

Ian Grimshaw, Afton, Va., and Kathleen Baudendistel, Farmersville, Ohio, joined Harth in the winner’s circle, earning first-place honors in the freshman men and women’s divisions, respectively.

Harth is a student in the voice studio of Associate Professor Karen Leigh-Post, while Grimshaw and Baudendistel both study in the studio of Professor Ken Bozeman.

A total of 20 Lawrence students participated in the competition with nine of them advancing to the finals. In addition to the three winners, four students earned second-place honors with one third and one fourth-place finisher as well. The first-place finishers each received $150 for their winning efforts, while second- and third-place finishers received $125 and $100, respectively.

The 2013 auditions drew nearly 400 singers from around the state. The competition features 22 separate divisions grouped by gender and level. Depending upon the category, NATS competitors are required to sing two, three or four classical pieces from different time periods with at least one selection sung in a foreign language.

Lawrence place winners with their category and (teacher) include:

First-Place Honors

  • Kathleen Baudendistel, freshman women (Ken Bozeman)
  • Ian Grimhsaw, freshman men (Ken Bozeman)
  • Katy Harth, women’s upper college music theater division (Karen Leigh-Post)

Second-Place Honors

  • Max Kligman, junior men (Ken Bozeman)
  • Zoie Reams, senior women (John Gates)
  • Elizabeth Vaughn, junior women (Joanne Bozeman)
  • Daniel Vinitsky, men, upper college music theater (John Gates)

Third-Place Honors

  • Katy Harth, senior women, (Karen Leigh-Post)

Fourth-Place Honors

Froya Olson, freshman women (Karen Leigh-Post)


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