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OCU Singers Dominate NATS Competition
Vocalists from the Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University dominated the 2008 Oklahoma NATS competition with 28 awards, including five first places and a sweep of the freshmen women and sophomore men categories. ??Hundreds of musicians from across the state competed in the annual National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Oklahoma District Conference, held April 11-12 at the University of Central Oklahoma. The winners came from six studios of the Bass Schoolís voice faculty: William Nield Christensen, Larry Keller, Brenda Holleman, Vicky Leloie Kelly, Florence Birdwell, and Becky Salter. In Division III (freshmen women), Keller students Sonya Meyer and Maren Weinberger took first and second. Annalise Freeman, from the Christensen studio, finished third. OCU finalists were Margaret Dietrich (Holleman), Laurelyn Korfhage (Kelly), Kassie Lewis (Holleman), Kirsten Mikkelsen (Christensen) and Anna Price (Christensen).?? In Division V (sophomore women), Holleman students Desiree Dillon and Natalie Fagan won first and third places. Finalists were Rocio Dressler (Keller), Jeana Forman (Salter), Molly Hill (Kelly), Courtney Pierce (Salter), and Megan Sherrod (Keller). ??OCU students swept Division VI (sophomore men) with Robert Watson (Holleman) in first, Daniel Price (Keller) in second, and Erick Castille (Keller) in third. ??Amara Haaksmann (Keller) won third place in Division VII (junior women). Aislinn Deviney (Kelly) and Meghan Rowekamp (Salter) were finalists.?? Kyle Hines took second in Division VIII (junior men). Fellow Birdwell student Clayton Brown was a finalist.?? Jessica Salley (Birdwell) won third place in Division IX (senior women). ??Peyton Crim from the Holleman studio tied for first in Division X (senior men). Alex Ross (Keller) took third.??Courtney Longcrier (Kelly) won Division XI (lower graduate women) while Shelley Dexter (Holleman) took third in the adult competition. Ryan Flesher, a private student of Christensen, won the Division II young menís competition.