Five UAB singers, all students of Dr. Kristine Hurst-Wajszczuk, recently took several prizes at the Alabama NATS competition in Huntsville: Charles Daniel: 2nd place, senior men (right); Shane Bloemetjie: 2nd place, junior men (center); Jake Hemminger: 2nd place, sophomore men (left); Jake Hemminger: 2nd place, sophomore musical theatre men; Valencia Callens: semi-finalist, sophomore women; Mary Katherine Whatley: semi-finalist, sophomore women.
The NATS (the National Association of Teachers of Singing) competition is held annually, and UAB students have achieved great succes at the competition in the last few few years. Charles Daniel won first place in his division last year. Shane Bloemetjie won two first place prizes last year.
All of these fine singers are featured in leading roles in the upcoming UAB Opera production of Man of La Mancha, March 15 and 17.