Warm-ups, stretching and training may sound like ordinary preparations for any athletic event, but for three Fort Hays State University students, all of their preparation was done for a different kind of competition, one involving in-shape vocal chords as opposed to hamstrings.
Steven Cromwell, Bison sophomore, Emily Cline, Lyons special student, and Calder Craig, Russell sophomore, participated in the National Association of Teachers of Singing West Central Region Student Auditions recently at Kansas State University in Manhattan.
All of the students were asked to compete in preliminary rounds before advancing to semi-finals. After semi-finals, the finalists were chosen. Each was critiqued on musicianship, vocal technique, vocal characteristics and artistry by voice teachers from across the region.
Cromwell placed third in the College Sophomore Men's Division. Cline was a semi-finalist in the College Senior Women's Division, and Craig also finished as a semi-finalist in the College Junior Men's Division. More than 365 participants competed in the various divisions.
To be eligible, students must receive instruction from a teacher participating in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Members. Cromwell, Cline and Craig all take lessons from Dr. Joe Perniciaro, assistant professor of music at FHSU.