Tabor students place high at NATS auditions


Above are Tabor College semifinalists and finalists and their accompanists at the West Central Region NATS Students Auditions: (from left) Aaron Stepanek, Maria Loewen, Meghann Eblen, Ashley Siler, Kayla Vix, Emily Olson, Naomi Toews and David Vogel. Vix placed fifth in music theater competition, and Stepanek and Vogel placed first and second, respectively, in first-year men classical competition.

Junior Kayla Vix, sophomore Aaron Stepanek and freshman David Vogel took home prizes from the recent West Central Region of the National Association of Teachers of Singing student auditions.

Vix, from Maize, placed fifth in the upper division of music theater performance. She was also a semifinalist in the third-year women classical music division. Vix is a student of Holly Swartzendruber, assistant professor of voice.

Stepanek and Vogel, both from Hillsboro and students of Brad Vogel, associate professor of choral music, placed first and second, respectively, in the first-year men classical division.

Accompanists for the singers were Emily Olson for Vix, Maria Loewen for Stepanek, and Naomi Toews for Vogel.

Hosted at the University of Nebraska-Kearney, the three were among nearly 300 students from a four-state region participating in the annual event.

In the auditions, singers perform for a panel of three judges in an initial round, and then based upon scores may advance to a semifinal round and then a third round of finals.

The students from Tabor College competed against students from all area colleges and universities, including major universities such as Wichita State University, Kansas State University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Also competing for Tabor were senior Ashley Siler, a semifinalist in the third-year women classical division; sophomore Darren Enns, second-year men classical division; and freshmen Hanna Bishop, Clarissa Berglund and Maria Loewen in the first-year women classical division.

Additional accompanists included Meghann Eblen, Ben?jamin Heyen and Stephanie Wiens.

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