Congratulations to our Southern Region students and their teachers for making the 2017 semi-final round of the NATS National Student Auditions.

Each year during the finals of the regional auditions, the current region governor and past region governors assess the performances of the first place winners from classifications seven (junior women) through sixteen (older advanced men) to determine whether an additional recognition should be made for one who “shows the greatest promise of having a professional career” in performance.

Winners of this award have included

  • Kathryn Domyan, Loyola University, a student of Drew Montegut
  • Jane Redding, University of Mississippi, a student of Cynthia Linton
  • Laura White Eads, Harding University, a student of Arthur Shearin
  • Paul Groves, McNeese State University, a student of Michele Martin
  • Gregory Warren, Centenary College, a student of Gale Odom
  • Cliff McGowan, Mississippi College, a student of Gerald Claxton
  • Don Frazure, Northeastern Louisiana University
  • Lisette Oropesa, Louisiana State University, a student of Robert Grayson
  • Stephen Ray, Ouachita Baptist University, a student of Jon Secrest
  • Paul Gamble, University of Mississippi, a student of Bradley Robinson
  • Vincent Turregano, Centenary College, a student of Horace English
  • Kristi Corie, Louisiana State University, a student of Loraine Sims
  • Keely Futterer, Arkansas Tech University, a student of Jon Clements
  • Jacob Watson, Ouachita Baptist University, a student of Jon Secrest
  • Chelsea Miller, Louisiana State University, a student of Loraine Sims
  • Prentiss Mouton, Louisiana State University, a student of Loraine Sims

(This list is a work in progress.  If you know of persons who should be included on this list and are not, please send that information to the region governor).

Each year members of the Southern Region are encouraged to nominate qualified collaborative pianists for the James Ronald Brothers Collaborative Pianist Award. To qualify, the nominees must have rendered five or more years of service to the region through collaborative accompanying at the annual fall auditions, including the year of nomination, must demonstrate high achievement as a collaborative pianist, and should exhibit an encouraging and mentoring attitude toward his/her assigned singers. 

Winners of this award have included:

  • Richard Seiler, University of Louisiana at Monroe
  • Gay Grosz, Centenary College
  • Carol Joy Sparkman, Mississippi College
  • Neva White, Harding University
  • Raisa Vordman, Southeastern Louisiana University
  • Ann Simpson, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • Cindy Fuller, Ouachita Baptist University
  • Maria Curry, Louisiana State University
  • Phyllis Walker, Ouachita Baptist University
  • Charles Effler, Southeastern Louisiana University
  • Ann B. Rye, Henderson State University
  • Geraldine Hubbell, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • Kumiko Shimizu, Delta State University
  • Susan Monroe, Ouachita Baptist University

(This list is a work in progress. If you know of persons who should be included on this list and are not, please send that information to the region governor).

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