Mansfield Voice Students Excel at Regional Competition

MANSFIELD, PA— Four Mansfield University voice students came away winners in their respective categories at the Allegheny Mountain Chapter of the National Association of Teaching of Singing (NATS) Fall Student Auditions held November 11 at Gettysburg College.

The winning students were Michael Deshield  in the First Year College Men category, Kyle Cannon and Bennett Salter in the Second Year College Men category and Ben Eisenhour in the Upper College Musical Theater category.

A total of 15 MU voice students competed. All the MU students study voice with Rose, Youngsuk Kim or Todd Ranney.

The top winners were featured in a final concert at the end of the auditions, where Kyle Cannon, who studies with Ranney, sang In quegli anni from Le nozze di Figaro and Ben Eisenhour, who studies Alissa Rose, ended the concert with What Is It About Her? from The Wild Party.

All students received comment sheets from the judges, who were voice teachers and NATS members. More than 150 students from across Pennsylvania competed in categories ranging from high school to college.

“These auditions are a great opportunity for the students to get feedback about their singing, hear other students from around the area, and be exposed to a wide variety of repertoire,” Rose said.

NATS is the largest association of teachers of singing in the world, with members in more than 25 countries, and the student auditions are one of the major activities of each NATS chapter.

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