Students fare well at national competition

November 13, 2012

Categories: General News

Nine Tabor vocalists competed at the National Association of Teachers of Singing student auditions, Nov. 1 through 3 at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb. Students competing were seniors Jessica Coldwell, Becca Friesen and Kelsey Unruh; junior Robert Howell; sophomores Sara Sagner and Andrea Acker and freshmen Olivia Kliewer, Nick Ediger and Alex Schmidt.

The vocalists were accompanied by students rather than hired accompanists or a piano professor, a rarity among most schools. Accompanying the singers were Cora Ruhl, Megan Wiebe, Krista Neifert, Jared Janzen and Zach Neumann.

All students except Kliewer study under Dr. Holly Swartzendruber; Kliewer is a student of Dr. Brad Vogel. They competed against over 400 students from Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming.

Coldwell and Kliewer both advanced to the semi-final round in the competition and Kliewer went on to the final round of the freshmen women classical division. With Ruhl accompanying, Kliewer won her division and joined Aaron Stepanek and David Vogel as the third first-place winner for Tabor in the past five years.