Petrie and Lawson Academy Students Have Major Wins at NATS Auditions
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Petrie and Lawson Academy Students Have Major Wins at NATS Auditions

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Converse singers from the School of Music and the Lawson Academy competed at the spring classical music South Carolina National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) auditions held at Furman University. Three of our students won their respective categories, and five others also qualified to advance to the Mid-Atlantic Regional auditions.

Congratulations to all our amazing students and faculty!

Classical Category Winners:

  • Sarah Butler ’23 (Student of Rebecca Turner, College Freshmen Women)
  • Anna Neely ’20 (Student of Valerie MacPhail, 4th/5th year College Women)
  • Erin Vander Ploeg (Lawson Academy student of Valerie MacPhail, Lower High School Women)

Additional Classical Regional qualifiers:

  • Sabrina Roche ’23 (Student of Valerie MacPhail)
  • Isabelle Scott ’22 (student of Valerie MacPhail)
  • Shiyi Zhong ’21 (Student of Valerie MacPhail)
  • Emily Corley ’21 (Student of Susan Lyle)
  • Abby Henthorn (Lawson Academy student of Laura Thomason)

Students listed below will advance to the Regional auditions this spring.

Students of Valerie MacPhail:

  • Abby Parrish ’20
  • Isabelle Scott ’22
  • Erin Vander Ploeg, Lawson Academy
  • Charlie Grant, Lawson Academy

Students of Anne Denbow:

  • Ashton Reid ’20
  • Maddy Moreland ’20
  • Tanner Smith, Lawson Academy

Fall ’19 Students of Rebecca Turner and Anne Denbow:

  • Lauren Painter ’20
  • Hannah Cheatham ’22
  • Nerys Apple ’22 (also Winner of Contemporary Commercial Music category)

Lawson Academy Students of Laura Thomason:

  • Abbie Van Pelt (Winner of High School Women, Musical Theatre)
  • Elise Bright
  • Hadley Carmichael
  • Hayden Green
  • Keslynne Mattison

Lawson Academy students of Cathy Siarris:

  • Parker Bowen (Winner High School Men, Music Theatre)
  • Aly Hogue
  • Haleigh Millwood
  • Cassidy Spring
  • Sarah Wren

Private student of Susan Lyle:

  • Brady Cunningham

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