The second-annual National Music Theater Competition recently completed its preliminary competition rounds for 2014, resulting in the selection of 24 national semifinalists who will travel to Boston to compete during the National Association of Teachers 53rd National Conference.
The semifinal round will take place on Saturday, July 5, with the finals scheduled for Sunday, July 6. The winner is awarded more than $5,000 in prizes in addition to a concert at the next NATS National Conference; second prize is awarded more than $2,500; third prize is $1,000.
The National Music Theater Competition seeks the best emerging music theater soloists. To be eligible, applicants must be between ages 20-28. The preliminary rounds of the competition take place in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles. An online video submission round is also held for participants who cannot travel to the live audition sites.
Sponsors of this year's event include Hal Leonard Corporation, Stage Door Access, Chapman University, NYU Steinhardt and Wheaton College.
Longtime NATS member and former NATS Foundation President Louise Lerch is also being honored posthumously by the naming of the $1,000 third prize in the National Music Theater Competition as the Louise Lerch Award. Lerch’s close friend Jolie Stratton of Irving, Texas, is funding the award.
Below is a complete list of national semifinalists:
|April Amante||Simi Valley, California|
|Jocelyn Ascherl||Haslett, Michigan|
|Graham Bailey||New York, New York|
|Joaquín Benavente||Northridge, California|
|Ryan Bowman||Northglenn, Colorado|
|Elena Camp||King of Prussia, Pennsylvania|
|Danielle Grays||Winchester, Virginia|
|Marina Jarrette||Tempe, Arizona|
|D'Nasya Jordan||Brooklyn, New York|
|Natalie MacDonald||Simi Valley, California|
|Michael Maliakel||New York, New York|
|Melissa Modifer||Phoenix, Arizona|
|Sarah Amelia Moodie||Oakville, Ontario|
|Eliza Palasz||Seattle, Washington|
|Zachary Piser||Evanston, Illinois|
|Joshua Powell||Basehor, Kansas|
|Alex Rader||Nashville, Tennessee|
|Hannah Rash||Rancho Santa Margarita, California|
|Davey Rosenberg||Astoria, New York|
|Mark Saunders||St. Louis, Missouri|
|Caitlin Secrest||Arkadelphia, Arkansas|
|Mikki Sodergren||New York, New York|
|Kelton Washington||Roslindale, Massachusetts|
|Anson Woodin||Ames, Iowa|