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Vero Voce student, Katelyn Jassoy wins 1st Place in prestigious national vocal competition

Jul 28, 2017 12:02PM ● By Ben Scott

Katelyn Jassoy

(St Charles) The final round of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) 2017 National Student Auditions (NSA) was held on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at the University of Colorado-Boulder College of Music. Winners were selected in 14 categories, along with second-place, third-place and honorable mention finishers, resulting in more than $35,000 in prizes being awarded.

Saturday, July 22, 2017, Katelyn Jassoy, student of Dawn Harkins at Vero Voce Theater and School of Performing Arts in St Charles, representing the NATS’ Central Region (encompassing Illinois, Iowa & Missouri) won 1st place in the Lower College Women Musical Theater Division of the NSA. Fourteen regions were represented in the competition with a maximum of 14 singers each advancing to the semi-final in Boulder, CO.  The final winning song was Katelyn’s comedic delivery of “Don't Want To Be Here" from Ordinary Days.

 Katelyn, is a rising Junior at Oklahoma City University double majoring in musical theatre and vocal performance. She was most recently was seen at Theatre West Virginia performing Rusty in Footloose and Allifair McCoy in Hatfields and McCoys. In the Chicagoland area she has recently performed Veronica in Heathers the Musical at Vero Voce, Dunlap in the Metropolis' Christmas Carol, and Cinderella in Cinderella, a role for which she was an Illinois High School Musical Theatre Award finalist. Completing ten years of consistent study and hard work culminating in many successful performances with Ms. Harkins, Katelyn will continue her studies under the guiding hand of Dr. Autumn West at OCU, which boasts famous alumni, Tony Award winning actresses Kristin Chenoweth and Kelli O’Hara.

Katelyn’s win comes on the heels of another recent student success in the national Hal Leonard Vocal competition where Vero Voce students of Dawn Harkins, singers Natalie Wiley (2nd place winner) and Madeline Hotham (3rd place winner) won honors in the Children’s Musical Theatre category. Also of note, are Riley Brutto and Brooke Lynch selected by audition to sing in the 2017 National Honors Performance Series Women’s Choir at Carnegie Hall.

Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with nearly 7,000 members in the United States, Canada, and nearly 30 other countries.