MSA senior vocalist, Christian Brumfield (left), with MSA vocal instructor Patton Rice at the Southern Regional NATS competition.

Over the course of three days, vocal students from high schools and colleges in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas gathered at the Southern Regional NATS conference for the annual vocal competition. Four students from Mississippi School of the Arts competed in the event: Ambie McCoy, Gabby Green, Morgan Fruge and Christian Brumfield, all making it to the semi-finals in high school section.

As the competition came to a close and awards announced, Christian Brumfield, a senior male vocalist, received second place in the final round for high school men.

In addition to current students, MSA alumni, who are now college students, also competed in their respective collegiate divisions: Olivia Vaughn (4th place, this is the 3rd year in a row for Olivia to place as a finalist in state and/or regionals), Satrina Massey (2nd in Senior collegiate women). Participants also enjoyed a master class with Metropolitan Opera Star, Arnold Rawls.

Mississippi School of the Arts congratulates these participants and winners for representing their school and the State of Mississippi in fine arts.

SPRING 2016: Two Vocal Students Place at 2016 State NATS Competition

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.

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