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Voice Student Advances to National Competition

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Release Date: May 23, 2018

An Alabama State University student is one step closer to winning a national singing competition.

An Alabama State University student has advanced to compete in the national division of voice competition for collegiate music students, which is sponsored by the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).

Kourtney Ellis will be competing in the final nationwide round that is being held next month in Las Vegas, Nev.

Ellis, who hails from Stafford, Va., said that she always knew she would be a singer. She has been assisted by Tyrone Hayes, ASU's applied voice professor in the University’s Music Department.
"While in Nevada, Kourtney will be competing against other finalists representing colleges and universities from across the U.S.," said Dr. Carly Johnson, chair of ASU's Department of Music.

Johnson explained that in order to advance to the nationals, Ellis had to place first in the district NATS voice solo competition that was held earlier in Mobile at the University of South Alabama, and then again she had to have placed-first in competition at the regional voice competition, which was held at Auburn University.

"This achievement puts Kourtney and Alabama State University in the national spotlight," Johnson added.

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