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Vocal Performance Program Wins at NATS Competition

Lucas and Adelina show of their first place winnings from the Minnesota NATS compeition
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The Shattuck-St. Mary’s Vocal Performance Center of Excellence had an unprecedented showing at the Minnesota NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) vocal competition on Nov. 3 and 4.

For the first time ever, SSM had two students crowned state champions as Lucas Xiang ‘25 and Adelina Mukhametzhanova ‘26 both won the Classical divisions. Additionally, Adelina took second place in the Musical Theater division. This marks the second year in a row that Adelina has won the competition and just the third time ever that an SSM student has won the state title.

The Minnesota NATS is an annual event that features one of the most competitive fields on the competition circuit and is organized and judged by some of the most prominent vocal teachers in the Midwest.

SSM Vocal Performance Program director Peter Schleif discussed the commitment it takes to win such an award. “These wins directly reflect the hard work put in by these students every day. The combination of outstanding instruction, a rigorous rehearsal schedule, and the grit needed to balance school, singing, extracurricular activities, and more are what really make these students exceptional. The VPP prides itself on developing vocal excellence and producing well-rounded student musicians, and I could not be more proud of them,” exclaimed Schleif.

With the state title under their belts, Adelina and Lucas will now prepare to audition for the regional NATS competition in January.

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