November 21, 2008
STRIKING A PERFECT CHORD
Three Clark College students have received honors in the regional competition of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS)
Left to right: Clark College students Daniel Warner, Dana Smith and Bruce Kyte earned honors in the 2008 regional competition of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).
VANCOUVER, Wash. – Three Clark College students were honored for their musical artistry during the regional competition of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). Bruce Kyte, Dana Smith, and Daniel Warner received awards in the competition, which was held on Saturday, Nov. 15 at Western Oregon University in Monmouth.
The Clark students took honors in three of the 10 competition categories. More than 125 students from George Fox University, Linfield College, Portland State University, Western Oregon University, Willamette University and various high schools in the Portland/Salem metro area also took part in the competition. Winners received $100 each.
Each artist had 10 minutes in which to sing three contrasting songs. The songs were to include an art song in the original language, a song from musical theater or operetta work written in or prior to 1960, and a musical theater work written during or after 1961. An art song is often defined as a poem set to music, usually for trained voice and piano accompaniment, with a duration of about three minutes.
Bruce Kyte won in the Musical Theatre III Male category. That category is for singers age 22 and older. In the competition, he performed “As Someday it May Happen” from The Mikado, “If I Can’t Love Her” from Beauty and the Beast and the classical piece “Come, Come Away Death” by Gerald Finzi. Kyte is the current recipient of a Field Scholarship at Clark College. Field Scholarships are available to Clark students studying music, literature and culinary arts.
Dana Smith, a Running Start student at Clark College, won in the Musical Theatre I Female category. That category is for singers between the ages of 16 and 18. Smith sang “I Could Have Danced All Night” from My Fair Lady, “Moonfall” from The Mystery of Edwin Drood and the classical piece “Down in the Forest” by Landon Ronald. This is Smith’s second consecutive year as a regional NATS winner. She also just won the Music Teachers National Conference (MTNA) senior performance competition for voice in Washington state. She now advances to the regional competition (WA, ID, OR, MT, WY, AS) in January, competing against students from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Wyoming.
Daniel Warner received an Honorable Mention is the Musical Theatre II Male category, which features singers ages 19-21. Warner sang “Many Moons Ago” from Once Upon a Mattress, “The Mason” from Working and “Brother Will, Brother John” by John Sacco.
As winners in their competition categories, Kyte and Smith each received $100.
All three students plan to continue their education. Dana Smith plans to major in voice. Bruce Kyte is considering majors in opera or musical theatre. Daniel Warner, currently a freshman at Clark College, is considering a major in music therapy.
Clark College vocal instructor April B. Duvic said, “Clark College is fortunate to have voice students who take their singing so seriously and who, because of their talent, hard work and preparation, are able to compete successfully against students who attend the finest four-year college and university music programs in the Pacific Northwest.”