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Black Hills State University students place at singing competition

Black Hills State University student Tyler Raad, senior music and theatre major from Spearfish, took second place in the graduate student division of the third annual South Dakota National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition held recently on the BHSU campus. Raad was one of nine BHSU students competing in the statewide event.

Three Black Hills State University students placed in the third annual South Dakota National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition (SD NATS) held recently on campus.

Tyler Raad, senior music and theatre major from Spearfish, took second place in the graduate student division. Kathleen McDougall, junior music education major from Gillette, and Kendra Iversen, freshman music education major from Sydney, Mont., both earned honorable mentions, which is the equivalent of fourth place, in the junior women's and freshman women's divisions respectively. These three students study with Dr. Nancy Roberts, BHSU assistant professor of music and voice instructor.

Other BHSU students competing from the studio of Roberts include: Mary McGillivray, senior music major from Sheridan, Wyo.; Jamie Williams, senior music major from Gillette, Wyo.; Melinda Christiansen, education major from Spearfish; Jade Neeman, sophomore music major from Pierre; and Jenilee Hardman, junior music education major from Sundance, Wyo. Emily Morse, sophomore music major from Rapid City, competed from the studio of Dr. Jonathan Nero, assistant professor of music and voice instructor.

Nearly 90 singers from five South Dakota universities, as well as a few local high school students, participated in the competition. Spearfish High School senior Kirk Hauck, also from the studio of Roberts, earned first place in the high school men’s division.

“I am very proud that our singers are competitive with other singers in the state, but I think the real win is that we had nine BHSU students who were willing to put the time and effort into entering the competition. I was very proud of all of them for representing BHSU so well,” says Roberts.

The statewide event was hosted by BHSU, under the direction of Roberts and Nero. According to Roberts, the third annual NATS competition was hailed as a very successful and well-organized event.

You can hear these students and others during the next music event, “A Spring Potpourri: a collection of opera workshop scenes,” which will be held Friday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Clare and Josef Meier Recital Hall on the BHSU campus.

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