College of Liberal and Fine Arts


Voice Students Win at State Singing Competition

March 27, 2012

On March 24, 2012, UTSA voice faculty and students traveled to Texas State University for the annual South Texas NATS District Singing Competition. Over 250 singers competed from schools ranging from Mary Hardin Baylor in the north to UT-Brownsville in the south. 43 UTSA voice majors competed, and of these, 20 were finalists and 7 were 1st place winners in their category. Every member of our full-time faculty had students in the finals.

Below is a list of finalists and semi-finalists by category, placing, and studio teacher.

Finalists , placing and teacher
Freshmen Women: Elise Miller (5th, Diana Allan); Sarah Howell (2nd, Linda Poetschke); Alexa Nichols (1st, Linda Poetschke; Winner of Herald Stark Encouragement Award)

Freshmen Men: Adrien Johnson (3rd, Gary Mabry)

Sophomore Women: Rachel Pena (4th, Diana Allan)

Sophomore Men: Rob Saldana (3rd, Diana Allan)

Junior Women: Melissa Monaghan (4th, Linda Poetschke), Laquette Barksdale (3rd, Gary Mabry), Regina Branford (1st, Linda Poetschke)

Junior Men: Darius Thomas (2nd, Linda Poetschke); Daniel Watson (1st, Susan Olson)

Senior Women: Ariana Reyna (3rd, Linda Poetschke); Crystal White (1st, Diana Allan)

Senior Men: Nathaniel Askey (1st, Diana Allan)

Graduate Women: Kristen Richards (3rd, Diana Allan)

Graduate Men: Andrew Specht (4th, John Nix); Geo Flores (1st, Bill McCrary)

Adult Advanced: Mary McKay (2nd,  Susan Olson)

Adult Beginner: Christina Silliker (1st, Bill McCrary)

Musical Theater - College: Hailey Mead (2nd, Susan Olson)

Semi-finalists and teacher
Freshmen Women: Myrna Peralez (Gary Mabry)

Freshmen Men: Andrew Price (Gary Mabry)

Sophomore Women: Brianna Garcia (Linda Poetschke); Jackie Rivera (Linda Poetschke)

Junior Women: Kristin DeGroot (Gary Mabry); Taylor Vollmer (Diana Allan); Samantha Parker (Susan Olson)

Senior Women: Jennifer Rivera (Susan Olson); Rachel Pierce (Linda Poetschke)

Graduate Women: Brenna Casey (Diana Allan)

Musical Theater - College: Kaedee Franco (John Nix); Janie Beck (Linda Poetschke)

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