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March 3, 2006

Birmingham-Southern students place at state NATS auditions

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—A group of 13 Birmingham-Southern College students auditioned at the Alabama chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) annual competition held recently at Huntingdon College in Montgomery. The group was part of about 150 college-aged participants. Eight BSC students placed or were semi-finalists in their category.

NATS, founded in 1944, exists to encourage and promote ethical vocal teaching and vocal art at all levels.

Winners, listed alphabetically by hometown, are:


North/East: Molly Bynum, freshman undecided major from Trussville and the daughter of Curtis Bynum and Joan Chaney, semi-finalist – 1st year college women.

South: Kevin Stump, freshman undecided major from Mountain Brook and the son of Kevin and Jane Stump, third place – 1st year college men.

West: John Mark McGaha, sophomore musical theatre major from Forestdale/Pratt City and the son of Willie and Olivia McGaha, first place – 3rd year college men.


Jenna Lyle, junior music major and the daughter of Mike and Cathie Lyle, semi-finalist – 3rd year college women.


Michael Seward, freshman undecided major and the son of Steve and Cathy Seward, first place – lower level college musical theatre men.


Emily Knighton, sophomore undecided major and the daughter of Jim and Jeanene Knighton, third place – 3rd year college women.


Shelby Bowling, freshman music major and the daughter of Arthur Bowling, second place – lower level college musical theatre women and semi-finalist – 1st year college women.

Erin Wakeman, senior music/voice major and the daughter of Robert Wakeman II and Janice Hunter, first place – 4th year college women.


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