NDSU Challey School of Music Flourishes in State Competition

Picture of all the award winners attached - photo credit NDSU Challey School of Music

FARGO, N.D. - The North Dakota State University Challey School of Music hosted the state's annual National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition on April 1 and 2 and flexed its musical muscle as it collected 24 of the available 33 awards, with 11 students winning their divisions.

Seventy-five students registered for the event, consisting of classical vocal and musical theatre performances. Students had to average a score of 90 or higher in the first round of singing to qualify for finals/receive an award. Seven other institutions, including Bismarck State, Black Hills State, Concordia, Dickinson State, North Dakota, Minot State, and Valley City State, competed.

NDSU students succeeded at all levels of the competition, ranging from the freshmen division to the graduate level. Group winners include Seth Brandl (Grand Forks), Zachary Crawford (Sioux City, Iowa), Jessica Livdahl (Fargo), Patrick Malnaa (Minot), Emily Paulson (Bowman), Camden Pruitt (Woodstock, Ga.), Caleb Ruziska (Fargo), Lauren Sanner (Grand Forks), Ciara Spade (Minot) and Zion Zaloudek (River Falls, Wis.).

The students are the pupils of Division of Performing Arts' faculty members Kelly Burns (opera, voice), Mara Campbell (musical theatre), Mariane Lemieux-Wottrich (voice), and Karisa Templeton (voice). Burns also serves as the Vice President of N.D. NATS.

A complete list of award recipients with division, class, hometown, and majors is listed below. For more on the NDSU Challey School of Music, visit ndsu.edu/music. Follow Performing Arts on Facebook and Instagram at @ndsuperformingarts.

Freshman Classical Treble:

2nd place: Hannah Ray | Fr. | Faribault, Minn. | Vocal Music

Freshman Classical TBB:

1st place: Caleb Ruziska | Fr. | Fargo | Vocal Music

Sophomore Classical Treble:

2nd place: Ashley Johnson | Soph. | Dodge Center, Minn. | Vocal Music Education

3rd place: Emma Dodds | Soph. | Grand Forks, N.D. | Vocal Performance

Freshman and Sophomore Musical Theatre Treble:

1st place: Lauren Sanner | Soph. | Grand Forks, N.D. | Musical Theatre

2nd place: Angelana Quanbeck | Jr. | Fargo, N.D. | Vocal Music

Freshman and Sophomore Musical Theatre TBB:

1st place: Zachary Crawford Soph. | Sioux City, Iowa | Musical Theatre

Junior and Senior Musical Theatre Treble:

1st place: Ciara Spade | Sr. | Minot, N.D. | Vocal Music

2nd place: Natalie Harrison | Jr. | Eden Prairie, Minn. | Vocal Performance and French

3rd place: Katie Hanson | Sr. | Fargo, N.D. | Musical Theatre

Junior and Senior Musical Theatre TBB:

1st place: Drew Relling | Jr. | Grand Forks, N.D. | Musical Theatre

2nd place: Braden Miller | Sr. | Fargo, N.D. | Musical Theatre

Junior Classical Treble:

1st place: Jessica Livdahl | Jr. | Fargo, N.D. | Vocal Performance

2nd place: Natalie Harrison | Jr. | Eden Prairie, Minn. | Vocal Performance and French

3rd place: Sophie Lind | Jr. | Mandan, N.D. | Vocal Music

Junior Classical TBB:

2nd place: Luke Anderson | Jr. | Jr. | Grand Forks, N.D. | Vocal Music Education

Senior Classical Treble:

1st place: Emily Paulson | Sr. | Bowman, N.D. | Vocal Performance

Senior Classical TBB:

1st place: Seth Brandl | Sr. | Grand Forks, N.D. | Vocal Education

2nd place: Nick Hovey | Sr. | New Rockford, N.D. | Vocal Education

3rd place: Micah Nicolai |  Sr. | New Rockford, N.D. | Vocal Performance

4th place: Floyd Althoff | Sr. | Grand Forks, N.D. | Vocal Performance

Graduate Classical Treble:

1st place: Camden Pruitt | Gr. | Woodstock, Ga. | Vocal Performance

Graduate Classical TBB:

1st place: Zion Zaloudek | Gr. | River Falls, Wis. | Vocal Performance

Adult (Avocational) Classical TBB:

1st place: Patrick Malnaa | Sr. | Minot, N.D. | Mathematics

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