Apr 19, 2011
By Dave Talmage
Four Ohio University students competing in the 2011 NATS (National Association Teachers of Singing) Buckeye statewide competition brought home awards earlier this month.
Graduate student JinUk Lee received first place in the (graduate) Advanced Men Category and graduate student Christina Wenning finished fourth in the (graduate) Advanced Women Category competition.
Junior Scott Ewing received second in the College Junior Men Category and undergraduate Raymond Wolfe finished second in the College Sophomore Men Category.
The Buckeye NATS is the Ohio State Chapter of the National Association Teachers of Singing. It is an annual event, which is held in each state or country of members at one of the bi-annual meetings.
Ohio University Director of Opera Theater Richard Crist said these kinds of competitions not only provide students with yardsticks to measure their progress, but also attract others to the program.
"I have had many students approach me about transferring to OU to study with me or especially inquire about graduate studies in opera," Crist said. "These contests are great recruiting tools for our school and the University."
OHIO students competed against students from all over the state. Other colleges competing were Cleveland Institute of Music, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Ohio State University, Miami University, Bowling Green State University, Kent State University, Capitol University, University of Dayton, Youngstown State University and University of Akron.