Saint Martin’s singers bring home awards in vocal competition

March 22, 2012

LACEY, WASHINGTON —Saint Martin’s University vocalists brought home several awards from the Tahoma District Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) annual collegiate-level competition on Saturday, March 3. Eight Saint Martin’s singers participated in the event, showcasing their talent for three judges. The students competed against performers from other higher education institutions, including the University of Puget Sound, Pacific Lutheran University and Highline Community College.

Below is a complete list of Saint Martin’s singers who placed in the NATS competition:

Saint Martin’s Student Award Level Category
Ryan Craig First Place Classical College II: Male
Brandon Drye Honorable Mention Classical College I: Male
Khristy Harvey Second Place Classical College II: Female
Michael Holland Second Place Classical College I: Male
Valerie Smith Honorable Mention Classical College I: Female

“I am very proud of our students and their participation in this competition,” says Darrell Born, chair of the fine and performing arts department at the University. “It is great for the students to have success, but it is also very exciting to have such depth of talent in the program. I am consistently impressed with our students’ hard work and preparation.”

NATS is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world and is dedicated to encouraging the highest standards of singing through excellence in teaching and the promotion of vocal education and research. For more information about Tahoma District Chapter of NATS, visit their website at

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, 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 14 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, Everett College, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at

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