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Students Advance in Singing Competition

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Charleston Southern University students Lauryn Kay and Taryn Wetherington have advanced to the semifinal round of the National Association of Teachers of Singing’s National Student Auditions in Chicago July 9 during the NATS 54th Annual National Conference.

Only the top 14 students in the nation in each category will compete.

Wetherington, a student of Dr. Jill Terhaar Lewis, competed in the Fourth/Fifth Year College/Independent Studio Women category, and Kay, a student of Dr. Jennifer Luiken, competed in the Lower Advanced College/Independent Studio Women category. Both are classical music categories.

Wetherington is a senior majoring in music performance – voice. Kay is a 2015 CSU graduate in music performance – voice and is currently pursuing an artist certificate at CSU. Wetherington was the first-place winner in her category at the state level.

Both earned scores high enough to advance to the Mid-Atlantic Region competition in March. At the Mid-Atlantic Region, Kay and Wetherington each placed in the top five in their respective categories, earning them a chance to compete in the Preliminary Video Round at the national level.

Wetherington was also a semifinalist in the NATS 2014 National Student Auditions in Boston. Both Kay and Wetherington are frequent prize winners at the SCNATS and Mid-Atlantic Region NATS events.

The National Association of Teachers of Singing hosts progressive student auditions each year in categories for Classical, Music Theater, Contemporary Commercial Music, and African-American Spiritual repertoire, separated by age and length of study.


Founded in 1964, Charleston Southern University is a private, four-year liberal arts college. CSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention. The University’s vision is to be a Christian university nationally recognized for integrating faith in learning, leading and serving.