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MCC music majors place 2nd & 3rd at NATS


Bianca Thorn and RayMond Filed
Bianca Thorn and RayMond Field

Two Mott Community College Music majors placed second and third in the 2019 Michigan National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) auditions at Hope College Nov. 2. NATS is a professional organization for teachers, coaches and collaborative pianists who work with singers. Students compete in categories based on their age and/or academic level.

RayMond Field, of Flint, placed second, and Bianca Thorn, also of Flint, placed third in the adult category for the Michigan competition. Field will graduate from MCC in May and pursue a bachelor’s degree in Music. Thorn also plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in music. Her goal is to perform and open her own studio

“We are so proud of these students,” said Dr. Townes Osborn Miller, Coordinator of the Music program at MCC. “They have worked hard and it shows.

Field and Thorn study with Dr. Rachel Andrews, a classically trained singer with a doctorate in voice performance from the University of Michigan. Dr. Andrews has been teaching at the college level, and privately for more than 20 years. Her students have gone on to pursue music degrees at the University of Michigan, Oakland University, De Paul University (Chicago), and many have careers in music, as teachers, church musicians and performers.

The National Association of Teachers of Singing celebrates the art of singing through a series of competitions and programs that are designed to showcase the talented singers and performers who are soon to be rising stars in the profession. Events are held annually or biennially, some in conjunction with the NATS National Conference and others in conjunction with the NATS Summer or Winter Workshops.

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November 25, 2019
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