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Catawba College vocal students win at state competition

RALEIGH — Catawba College was well-represented at the fall auditions for the North Carolina chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Sixteen Catawba students traveled to Meredith College on Nov. 3-4 to compete alongside more than 100 other singers from across the state in musical theater and contemporary commercial music categories.

Participating Catawba students were students of music Professor Caroline Stephenson. They were accompanied by staff pianist Susan Trivette and Professor Steve Stringer.

Catawba students took home awards in many categories. Those advancing to the regional competition will compete at Liberty University in March.

Catawba students receiving awards are:

  • First-year college women, musical theater: second place, Sarah Rasey of Holly Springs; third place, Grace Rodriguez of Greensboro; and additional regional qualifier, Elizabeth Lackey of Denver.
  • Second-year college women, musical theater: regional qualifier Gracie West of Cary.
  • Second-year college men, musical theater: second place, Jacob Hammill of Gold Hill.
  • Third-year college women, musical theater: regional qualifiers Taylor Kroop of Boynton Beach, Florida, and Charlee Beth Haddock of Florence, Alabama.
  • Fourth-year college women, musical theater: regional qualifier Larissa Garcia of San Diego.
  • Adult men, contemporary commercial music: first place, Liam Pendergrass of Salisbury.
  • Adult women, contemporary commercial music: first place, Denee’ Weathers of Charlotte.
  • Additional Catawba students participating in the state competition included: Caroline Kirk of Matthews; Emily Owens of Greensboro; Nicholas “Nicky” Vassello of Hillsborough; Kelly Sandoval of Santa Fe, New Mexico; Grace Yacobowsky of Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania; and Claire Raimist of Woodsboro, Maryland.

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