Nine of the twenty-four students from Texas Tech advanced to the semi-finals and four advanced to the finals of their divisions
On November 10-12th, 2022, twenty-four Texas Tech School of Music Singers and four faculty members travelled to Canyon TX to take part in the annual Texoma Region Conference of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). Every year, Texoma NATS holds a conference and invites teachers and students from Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico to participate in three days of competition and scholarly and artistic exchange. This year, conference attendees included 433 students and 111 teachers from dozens of universities across the region.
Nine of the twenty-four students from Texas Tech advanced to the semi-finals and four advanced to the finals of their divisions including Joseph Gonzalez, Jake Hemmle, Madeleine Smith, Chandler Head, Charli Martin, and Rose Carilli as semi-finalists, and Madeleine Smith placing 4th in the American Spirituals competition and Alaina Vasquez placing 3rd in the Fourth/Fifth Year soprano/mezzo-soprano category.
Three of our students participated in the prestigious Singer of the Year competition which requires singers to prepare 14 selections of which the judges randomly select ten minutes to hear. Texas Tech had two of the three finalists with Alain Vasquez placing 3rd and Sergio Manzo placing 2nd. Another Texas Tech graduate student, Emma Steiner, was the only graduate student selected to present during the artist series. Her presentation entitled "The Puzzled Student: A Process to Teach the Dyslexic Student" was well received by the conference attendees and represents an important contribution to the field. All in all, a very successful showing for the Texas Tech University School of Music Voice Area at this Year's Texoma NATS Regional Conference.
Gregory Brookes, DM
Associate Professor of Voice
Voice Area Chair
School of Music