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Austin Peay State University professor Karen Crow to represent Mid-South in National Vocal Competition

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Karen Crow, Austin Peay State University adjunct professor of voice, has been chosen to represent the Mid-South Region in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award (NATSAA) competition at the association’s upcoming National Conference in Boston this July.

The competition is held biennially in conjunction with the association’s National Conference.

Austin Peay professor Karen Crow.
Austin Peay professor Karen Crow.

Preliminary competitions are held at the district and then regional levels, with one emerging winner from each of the 14 regions.

Crow competed at the district and regional competitions on April 3rd and 4th on the Vanderbilt University campus in Nashville, TN.  She won first place, and she will advance to the National Semifinal Round in Boston on July 4th.

Founded in 1944, the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members in the United States, Canada and nearly 30 other countries.

Its mission is to encourage the highest standards of the vocal art and of ethical principles in the teaching of singing; and to promote vocal education and research at all levels, both for the enrichment of the general public and for the professional advancement of the talented.

Since its inception in 1955, the objective of the NATSAA competition has been to discover singers whose artistry indicates that they are ready for a professional singing career and to encourage them toward that goal. NATSAA contestants are expected to present a program of vocal repertoire of the highest quality. Singers must display mastery of singing in several different languages and styles with the highest level of artistry.

Crow received her Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Lee University in 2008 and her Master of Arts in Music Performance from APSU, studying under Dr. Sharon Mabry, in 2011.

For more information, contact the APSU Department of Music at 931.221.7818.


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