Music Students Bring Home Top Honors at NATS Competition

Author: Noelle Elliott

Nats Participants

On November 4th, 2023, seven Sacred Music and Department of Music undergraduate students, assisted by Notre Dame professor of collaborative piano Dror Baitel, participated in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) student auditions at Butler University in Indianapolis. Each student competed against other Indiana voice students of their year and voice category, and three students took home top honors.

Madeline Murphy, a junior from Iowa, came in 3rd place in the Third-Year College Classical Treble category, singing works by Handel, Marcel Dupré, Fanny Hensel, and Julius P. Williams. Madeline studies voice at Notre Dame with Stephen Lancaster while also completing a supplemental major in theology and a Constitutional Studies minor.

Brigid O’Driscoll, a sophomore from New York City, came in 2nd place in the Second-Year College Musical Theater Treble category with songs from Finian’s Rainbow, Mack and Mabel, and Beauty and the Beast. A musical theater and digital marketing minor in addition to her music major, Brigid studies voice with Anne Slovin.

Camila Holden, a junior from Arkansas, came in 2nd place in the Third-Year College Musical Theater Treble category. Her repertoire included songs from Little Shop of Horrors, Songs for a New World, In the Heights, and The Yeomen of the Guard. Camila minors in musical theater and human rights, and studies voice with Anne Slovin.

The other undergraduate music majors who participated in the NATS student auditions were Claire Burks, Conor Loughman, Gianna Macedon and Chris Staszak.

In the photo, from left to right: Madeline Murphy, Camila Holden, Conor Loughman, Anne Slovin, Stephen Lancaster, Gianna Macedon, Brigid O’Driscoll, and Chris Staszak. Not pictured: Claire Burks.