Saint Martin’s singers win in several categories at NATS competition

March 15, 2010

Lacey, Washington — Saint Martin’s University singers took several places at a competition for the Tahoma District Chapter of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) on Saturday, February 27. Among the winners were Jake Kinderman, who won first place in the categories of Classical: College I and II Men and Musical Theatre: College I and II Mixed; Kristy Harvey, first place for Classical: College I and II Women; and January Mysak, first place for Musical Theatre: Avocational II Women and second place for Classical: Avocation I and II Mixed.

“I am very proud of our students and their participation in this competition,” says Darrell Born, chair of Saint Martin’s Department of Music and director of the University’s Chorale. “It is great to have students win, but it is also very exciting to have such depth of talent in the program.”

Below is a complete list of Saint Martin’s singers who won or placed in last weekend’s NATS competition:

Name Category Award Level
Jacob Kinderman Classical: College I and II Men First Place
Michael Rossi Classical: College I and II Men First Honorable Mention
Ryan Craig Classical: College I and II Men Second Honorable Mention
Kristy Harvey Classical: College I and II Women First Place
Trinity Sokol Classical: College I and II Women First Honorable Mention
Emily Norris Classical: College I and II Women Second Honorable Mention
January Mysak Classical: Avocational I and II Mixed Second Place
Chris Polakidas Classical: Avocational I and II Mixed First Honorable Mention
January Mysak Musical Theatre: Avocational II Women First Place
Jordan Lusink Musical Theatre: Avocational II Women Second Place
Jacob Kinderman Musical Theatre: College I and II Mixed First Place
Michael Rossi Musical Theatre: College I and II Mixed First Honorable Mention
Trinity Sokol Musical Theatre: College I and II Mixed Second Honorable Mention

Videos of the three first place winners, courtesy of the Tahoma District Chapter of NATS, are also available via the following links:

Jake Kinderman singing “Verschwiegene Liebe” by Wolf

Kristy Harvey singing Per Pieta Bell’idol Mio by Bellini

January Mysak singing “All That Jazz” from Chicago

NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) is dedicated to encouraging the highest standards of singing through excellence in teaching and the promotion of vocal education and research. Today NATS boasts more than 6,500 members in the United States, Canada, and over twenty-five other countries around the world, including Australia, Austria, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom, and the number of countries represented is growing every year. For more information about Tahoma District Chapter of NATS, visit their website at tahomanats.org.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, Catholic, coeducational university located on a 380-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 18 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 21 majors and six graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Olympic College, Centralia College, and Tacoma Community College.

For additional information:

Genevieve Canceko Chan
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Saint Martin’s University
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