MGC STUDENT, NORRIS BERRY, PLACES 2ND IN GA STUDENT AUDITIONS FOR NATS
(Cochran, GA) – Middle Georgia College student Norris Berry recently placed Second in Category 15, Lower Level Adult Women over age 23, at the State of Georgia Student Auditions for the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) February 17 and 18. Berry was accompanied by MGC student Michael Ursrey, a piano major, and sponsored by Dr. Robert McTyre, an MGC Associate Professor of Humanities and a member of NATS.
NATS is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world, and it offers workshops, intern programs, master classes, and conferences to its members, according to its website. The Student Auditions offer students studying with NATS members a chance to perform and receive written feedback about their performances.
Berry, a second year music major from Rhine, Georgia, practiced weekly with Dr. McTyre to prepare for the competition. “I was a little nervous, but was really looking forward to the criticism the judges would give me. Dr. McTyre chose some beautiful music and prepared me well.”
After placing Second, Berry was pleased. “I was very happy about it, about how it would reflect on me and how it would reflect on Dr. McTyre. That’s the point where you feel like all your hard work is paying off.”
Dr. McTyre said, "We are very proud of what our music students are able to accomplish when competing with their peers at the state level. We strive hard to provide a quality education that offers our students opportunities to successfully transfer when they complete our program.”