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Miami students win top honors in NATS Vocal Competition

04/17/2013

Five Miami students won top honors, including the Overall First Place Winner, in the
National Association of Teachers of Singing
(NATS) Vocal Competition held April 5-6.
The state-wide competition was the largest yet held in Ohio with 18 schools participating and 311 student performers.

The Miami student winners are:

Rebecca Herbst, sophomore music performance major: Richard Miller Award, given for the Best Performance of all First Place Winners – High School through Graduate Divisions. She also received First Place, Sophomore Women.

Kristen Whalen, graduate student in music performance: Second Place, Advanced Women;

Marcus Simmons, graduate student in music performance: Second Place Advanced Men;

James Grant Robertson, junior music performance major: Third Place, Junior Men;

Grace Deer senior music performance major: Third Place, Non-Traditional Student.

The students study in the voice studios of music professors Benjamin Smolder, Alison Acord, Audrey Luna and Mari Opatz-Muni.

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