Nine Tabor vocalists competed at the National Association of Teachers of Singing student auditions Nov. 1-3 at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.
Olivia Kliewer, a freshman, won the freshmen women classical division; she was accompanied by fellow student Cora Ruhl. By winning her division, Kliewer joined Aaron Stepanek and David Vogel as the third first-place winner for Tabor in the past five years. All three are Hillsboro High School alums.
Jessica Coldwell, a senior, advanced to the semifinal round in her division.
Also competing for Tabor were seniors Becca Friesen and Kelsey Unruh; junior Robert Howell; sophomores Sara Sagner and Andrea Acker and freshmen Nick Ediger and Alex Schmidt.
Each vocalists was accompanied by students rather than hired accompanists or a piano professor, a rarity among most schools. Joining Ruhl as accompanists were Megan Wiebe, Krista Neifert, Jared Janzen and Zach Neumann.
All students except Kliewer study under Holly Swartzendruber; Kliewer is a student of Brad Vogel. They competed against more than 400 students from Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming.