November 17, 2009
Lees-McRae student places first in National Association of Teachers of Singing student auditions

Makenzie Simpson, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre student at Lees-McRae College, placed first in the Music Theatre Freshmen/Sophomore College Women category at Meredith College in Raleigh North Carolina in November. Simpson is a student of Jim Taylor, associate professor of performing arts and campus chaplain.

This annual event presented by the North Carolina National Association of Teachers of Singing and was hosted by the faculty of Meredith College. Students from colleges and universities cross North Carolina gathered to sing and be adjudicated. While there is a certain level of competition among the students, the overall purpose of the event is to allow students to get feedback from other teachers and to gain valuable insight into their growth as singers.

"Teachers also benefit from this adjudication as we assess what we are trying to accomplish with each singers program of study. By placing first in her section, Mackenzie will have the opportunity to advance to the regional audition which will be held in Columbia, South Carolina, in April," said Jim Taylor. "She will be singing alongside the other regional NATS winners from Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. This is a wonderful experience for Mackenzie and we couldn't be prouder."

Others schools in attendance were UNC-Greensboro, UNC-Pembroke, Elon University, Meredith College, Peace College, UNC-Chapel Hill, as well as many private studios.

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