Last Saturday (April 4) I attended a concert at UAA of the winners and honorable mentions in two competitions held recently by National Association of Teachers of Singing Alaska (NATS): Classical Voice (held April 3–4) and Musical Theater (held February 28).
My niece, Lauren, competed in the “upper avocation” division of both competitions. And guess what? She took first place in both.
This is her singing during the concert.
She is one kick-ass soprano. I told her afterwards that she looked so relaxed as she performed that she made it look easy, & she laughed and said, “I’m glad the audience thought it was relaxing!” — but of course I know the hard work it takes to appear that way, no matter how much native talent one might have. (And she has it.) I can’t wait for more people to discover her.
I heard a lot of other fine singers that night too. I finally located an announcement with the full winners list posted on the Anchorage Daily News website: “Singing winners announced” posted April 6, 2009. Congratulations, all of you.