NATS participants

Participants in the 2016 NATS competition were (from L): Noelle Timberlake ’17, Jonah Daiute ’19, Juno Buendia (Medomak Valley HS), Caleb Eugley ’17, Rachel Schuster ’19, Kayleigh Tolley ’19, Jojo Martin ’20, and Elaine Landry (CHRHS)

On Saturday, November 19, eight singers from Lincoln Academy, Medomak Valley High School and Camden Regional High School traveled to Bates College to compete in the Maine NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Musical Theater Competition. Accompanied by the fabulous Sean Fleming, Noelle Timberlake, Juno Buendia, Caleb Eugley, Rachael Schuster, Jonah Daiute, Kayleigh Tolley, Elaine Landry, and Jojo Martin turned in terrific performances in the preliminary round. Each student was required to sing one ballad and one up-tempo song from a stage or movie musical in front of three judges. style. Schuster, Daiute, Tolley, and Landry competed in Division II (9th and 10th grade students). Timberlake, Buendia, and Eugley competed in Division III (11th and 12th grade students). They were judged on tone production, breathing, articulation, musicality, style, interpretation, diction, artistry, and full characterization of the lyrics. They were also required to demonstrate belt and “legit”styles. After the preliminary round, the scores were tabulated and two of the singers, Kayleigh Tolley and Elaine Landry, advanced to the finals.  Accompanied by Ed Reichert, each gave wonderful performances, winning 1st and 2nd place.

Voice teacher and choir director Beth Preston (R) with NATS Division II winner and LA sophomore Kayleigh Tolley.

Voice teacher and choir director Beth Preston (R) with NATS Division II winner and LA sophomore Kayleigh Tolley.

Voice Teacher, Beth Preston, is one of the 40 members of the NATS organization in Maine. The organization sponsors education, performance, and research. Its teachers are committed to training students to the highest standards of the vocal art for both amateur and professional singers. Ms. Preston challenges students of all ages to achieve those standards as part of her teaching in the private studio. She also prepares Lincoln Academy seniors for recitals and auditions. Preston is the director of Lincoln Academy choirs, Tapestry Singers, and vocal coach for Heartwood Regional Theater musical theater productions. Open enrollment for new voice students begins in May. Tapestry Singers will be auditioning tenors and basses for next semester. For more information: preston@lincolnacademy.org