SHSU Student Vocalists Shine Once Again

The weekend of March 29 and 30, 2014, saw Sam Houston's strong vocal tradition continue at the NATS competition. This competition, organized by the National Association of Teachers of Singing, was held at Lone Star College in Kingwood, Texas.

The Sam Houston students that placed in the competition and their corresponding faculty are as follows:

Students of Professor Christopher Michel
1st Place Freshman Men Jason Hesslein
1st Place Sophomore Women Myah Lerch
1st Place Sophomore Men Jacob Averitt
1st Place Senior Women Ardeen Pierre
1st Place Senior Men Nick Szoeke
1st Place Graduate Women Lindsey Fuson
1st Place Adult Albert Donze


Students of Professor Nicole Franklin
3rd Place Freshman Men Bailey Turner (former student of Christopher Michel)
1st Place Junior Men John Germain
3rd Place Senior Women Sarah Garcia

Students of Professor Nicole Franklin

SHSU Takes 2013 NATS by Storm

Vocal students from SHSU’s School of Music were recently recognized at the National Association of Teachers of Singing Regional Conference held Nov. 7-9, 2013, at Baylor School of Music.

Of the 17 SHSU students who competed in the auditions, 13 made the semifinals and three advanced to the finals, where the top five singers competed.

Ardeen Pierre Lindsey Fuson John Jermain
Ardeen Pierre
Lindsey Fuson
John Jermain

Ardeen Pierre, a student of Associate Professor of Voice Christopher Michel, won her senior women's division; Lindsey Fuson, also a student of Michel, was awarded fourth place in the graduate division; and John Jermain, a student of voice instructor Nicole Franklin, received fifth place in the junior men's division.

The competition included more than 50 regional universities, such as Baylor University, Oklahoma State University, Southern Methodist University, Southwestern University, Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas A&M Commerce, Texas Christian University, Texas Tech University and University of New Mexico.

The complete list of SHSU semifinalists, their divisions, and corresponding faculty is below:

Prof. Christopher MichelProf. Nicole FranklinProf. Bronwen Forbay
Stephanie Clark (Freshmen Women) Sarah Garcia (Senior Women) Rachel Harston (Sophomore Women)
Jason Hesslein (Freshmen Men) Nicole Wallace (Senior Women) Rachel Williams (Sophomore Women)
Colton Houston (Freshmen Men)    
Myah Lerch (Sophomore Women)    
Nick Szoeke (Senior Men)    
Bailey Turner (Freshmen Men)    

The students also performed with two of SHSU's talented piano faculty: James Cho, and Roger Keele.

To read more about this achievement and to hear Ardeen's winning performance, please visit Emily Binetti's article on the Today@Sam website.

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