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BSU students compete at national singing contest

Thirteen Bemidji State University students participated in The National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition, held Nov. 1-2 at St. Johnís University in Collegeville, Minn.

Through NATS, students have the opportunity to showcase their progress and hard work in their performing careers by competing and performing for teachers and students from colleges and universities from across Minnesota. Students receive constructive criticism and guidance from teachers and fellow musicians. Finalists are to perform in a final recital.

Students also compete for cash prizes and recognition as well as get the opportunity to view singers at all ages and levels perform.

Dr. Cory Renbarger, associate professor of music at Bemidji State, participated as a judge for the competition.

BSUís participants are listed below by order of hometown.

Bemidji |56601| Miranda Carlson, sophomore, music teacher certification
Bemidji |56601| Joshua Sorenson, freshman, music teacher certification
Bemidji |56601| NikkiLee Nolden, freshman, music teacher certification

Bovey |55709| Tia Ellies, junior, music teacher education
Coon Rapids |55433| Anna DeJong, senior, music
Grand Rapids |55744| Allison Laughlin, senior, music
Le Sueur |56058| Luke Barnard, freshman, music
Little Canada |55109| Callie Dunbar, sophomore, music
Redwood Falls |56283| Derek Bebeau, freshman, music teacher certification
Slayton |56172| Molly Bass, sophomore, music teacher certification
Thief River Falls |56701| Lorrisa Craigmile, freshman, music teacher certification

Tuscan |85745| Matthew Goinz, post graduate, music

Bedford |76021| Caitlin Rogers, senior, music

About Bemidji State University Bemidji State University, located in northern Minnesotaís lake district, occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. Enrolling more than 5,000 students, the University offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and nine graduate programs encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. The University is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and has a faculty and staff of more than 550. University signature themes include environmental stewardship, civic engagement and global and multi-cultural understanding. For further information about the University, visit Become a fan of Bemidji State University on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.