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Music students place in Regional NATS

Ten of the fourteen students advanced to the semi-final round
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Image 1Auditions were hosted at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill. Universities in Missouri, Iowa and Illinois were represented. Out of the fourteen students who entered the preliminary round, ten advanced to the semi-final round. Six students went on to advance to the finals and one student received an honorable mention.

Students who placed in the competition include:

  • Jena Cantrell, third place, Graduate Division  
  • Brittany Griffin, first place, Junior Women
  • Alyssa Phinney, second place, Graduate Division  
  • Shayne Piles, first place, Lower Division High School Division Men
  • Traci Pritchard, first place, Graduate Division  
  • Eric Swanson, third place, Freshman Men
  • Martin Wilson, honorable mention, Graduate Division

“All of our students were winners. Those who didn’t advance articulated a great deal of learning and bonding,” said Dr. Chris Thompson, music department associate professor.

For more information, contact Thompson at (417) 836-8203.


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Missouri State University is a public, comprehensive metropolitan system with a statewide mission in public affairs, whose purpose is to develop educated persons. The university’s identity is distinguished by its public affairs mission, which entails a campus-wide commitment to foster expertise and responsibility in ethical leadership, cultural competence and community engagement.
College of Arts and Letters
The College of Arts and Letters supports more than 45 undergraduate and 10 graduate programs. The college incorporates seven academic departments, including art and design; communication; English; media, journalism and film; modern and classical languages; music; and theatre and dance, and five interdisciplinary programs: antiquities; electronic arts; global studies; linguistics; and musical theatre. The College of Arts and Letters promotes learning, scholarship and service to the broader community in all aspects of human communication — spoken, written, visual, musical, dramatic and electronic.

Media Contact

  • Dr. Chris Thompson
  • (417) 836-8203


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