|First National Music Theater Competition Results|
|Monday, 02 July 2012 08:45|
The first National Music Theater Competition Finals were held on Saturday, June 30, 2012 in Orlando, FL as part of the 52nd National Conference. Six performers advanced from the semifinal round to compete in the final competition.
The finalists: Matthew Edquist, Evan Wilson, Darcy Yellin, Billy Marshall, Jr., Linedy Genao, and Jacob Keith Watson were accompanied by pianist Julie Bearden. Each performed a program constructed from their list of seven selections sung in previous rounds.
Jacob Keith Watson, the first prize winner, won $5,000 cash, a concert at the 53rd National Conference, a $1000 gift certificate from Hal Leonard Corporation, a Stage Star Recordings package valued at $240, and a Career Management Services package from Stage Door Access.
Billy Marshall, Jr., the second prize winner, won $2,500 cash, a $500 gift certificate from Hal Leonard Corportation, and a Stage Stars Recording package valued at $100.
Linedy Genao, the third prize winner, won $1000 cash and a Stage Star Recordings package valued at $75.
Judges for the finals were: Joe Church, Robert Edwin, Nikkole Valiens, and Richard Walters.
"It's an exciting time to be a NATS member. While other professional associations are cutting back on member services for voice teachers, NATS keeps adding benefits and partnerships for members and students. I'm excited about the new music theater competition, the Orlando conference, and the partnership with Carnegie Hall - The Achievement Program - to mention a few. To borrow Joan Boytim'a phrase, I'm more 'nuts about NATS' than ever!" -Cynthia Vaughn, proud NATS member since 1984