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Covenant Singers Excel at Regional Vocal Competition

Prof. David Tahere and six Covenant music students successfully competed at the Southeastern Region of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (SERNATS) 2016 auditions, advancing to semifinal and final rounds of competition.


The National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers in the world and includes members from thirty countries. They exist “to encourage the highest standards of the vocal art and of ethical principles in the teaching of singing and to promote vocal education and research at all levels.”


In addition to national and regional conferences, NATS hosts artist and student auditions around the country, providing teachers and students with the chance to compete regionally and, ultimately, nationally with other vocalists.


Covenant students competed in auditions against students from Auburn University, Florida State University, Georgia Southern University, Georgia State University, Samford University, and Stetson University. Sammie Brown ’17 and Caitlyn Smith ’18 advanced to the semifinal round of student auditions, and Brown placed third in the musical theatre division. She will have the opportunity to compete in the national competition in Chicago this July.


“I’m extremely proud of all our student participants,” said Tahere. “As their age groups get continuously more competitive, our students have kept pace, earning higher scores with each visit. This is the first time in at least a decade that Covenant has been represented in the final round of singing. It is especially encouraging to know that the training our students receive is being recognized by larger institutions as artistic, technically sound, and viable in the discipline of music.”