Two vocal students at Mississippi School of the Arts were among winners of this year’s NATS Mississippi state competition. According to the national web site, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members in the United States, Canada, and nearly 30 other countries. Internationally, NATS is represented in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom, with the number of countries growing every year.
In February 2016, Mississippi School of the Arts participated in the Mississippi NATS Spring Conference at the University of Mississippi in Oxford (Ole Miss). Judged categories included collegiate and high school levels. “This was the state conference competition, where we competed against a couple of dozen other goups from around the state. Due to scheduling, Ambie and Olivia were the only students who were able to attend this year from MSA”, said Patton Rice, Choral Director at MSA.
Ambie McCoy (left; a junior) received first place in High School Women and Olivia Vaughn (right; a senior) received third place in High School Women’s Musical Theatre