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MSU hosts vocal auditions and master class Nov. 14

November 9, 2015 -- MSU News Service

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The Montana State University School of Music will sponsor student auditions for the National Association of Teachers of Singing from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, in Howard Hall.  Following the auditions, Brian Gill, associate professor of voice at Indiana University, will present a vocal master class for all participants beginning at 5 p.m. in Reynolds Recital Hall. Both events are free for observers and open to the public.

To audition, students of NATS-affiliated voice teachers from around the state will sing for a panel of judges and receive comments on their performance. Winners of the local auditions will receive a cash prize and have the opportunity to advance to the regional level of competition.

NATS is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world, with members in the United States, Canada and nearly 30 other countries, according to the website. Its mission is to encourage the highest standards of the vocal art and of ethics in the teaching of singing, and to promote vocal education and research at all levels.

Gill earned a doctorate in vocal performance from the University of Kentucky and a certificate in vocology from the University of Iowa, National Center for Voice and Speech. In 2011, he was awarded a Van L. Lawrence Fellowship to become more thoroughly acquainted with practices, techniques, technology and people involved in laryngology and voice science.

Gill has taught or presented for the New York Singing Teachers’ Association, New York University’s Communicative Sciences and Disorders, New York Voice Study Group, Los Angeles and Michigan National Association of Teachers of Singing, The Voice Foundation, The National Center for Voice and Speech, Acoustical Society of America, Physiology And Acoustics of Singing conference, Pan-European Voice Conference, OPERA America and Johan Sundberg’s Science of the Singing Voice course. 

His students have performed at such prestigious venues as The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, English National Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and The Royal Opera House. They have also performed on and off-Broadway and on Broadway international tours. He has been published in Voice Prints, Journal of Voice, Logopedics, Phoniatrics, Vocology and Journal of Voice.

The event is sponsored by the MSU School of Music and is made possible in part by a grant from NATS, Inc.

Reynolds Recital Hall is located in Howard Hall, across the street from the MSU duck pond. 

Contact: Elizabeth Croy, School of Music, (406) 994-5769 or