On Saturday, April 28 four students from Lincoln Academy traveled to Bates College to compete in the Maine NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Classical Competition. Voice students of Beth Preston Jonah Daiute, Miles Jackson, Phoebe Pugh, and Kayleigh Tolley had
strong performances in the preliminary round in front of a panel of three judges, accompanied by the incomparable Sean Fleming.
Kayleigh progressed to the finals and won the third place prize in her division. Each student was required to sing three classical pieces, one of which was required to be in a foreign language. The students were judged on tone quality, intonation, breathing, articulation, legato line, interpretation of text, diction, artistry, and stage presence. The judges comments were notably positive about the students’ clear tone and strong characterization of their songs’ texts.
NATS sponsors education, performance, and research in vocal instruction. Its teachers are committed to training students to the highest standards of the vocal art for both amateur and professional singers. A member of NATS,Ms. Preston challenges students of all ages to achieve those standards in private studio work, recitals, auditions, Lincoln Academy choirs, and Heartwood Regional Theater musical theater productions.