Six Black Hills State University music students placed at the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition. This was the highest number of BHSU students ever to place in the statewide competition that included singers from several other South Dakota universities. “I am very proud of all the hard work my students put into the competition, and how well they all did,” Nancy Roberts, associate professor of music said.

Students placing at the state-wide competition include: Kirk Hauck, psychology major from Belle Fourche, second place in the sophomore men division; Kendra Iversen, music education major from Sydney, Mont., second place in the junior women division; Aaron Vitter, music education major from Hill City, second place in the freshmen men division; Sarah Eben, composite music major from Rapid City, honorable mention in the freshmen women division; Kathryn Klopfenstein, composite music major from Black Hawk, honorable mention in the sophomore women division; and James Marshall, music education major from Riverton, Wyo., first place in the older student division. The competition was held in Brookings this year.

Roberts along with Charles Canaan, BHSU music professor, work with the students weekly throughout their years at BHSU as their vocal coaches.