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800 Singers, Pianists Descend on Kingwood for Four-Day Voice Competition and Conference Hosted by LSC-Kingwood

800 Singers, Pianists Descend on Kingwood for Four-Day Voice CompetitionLone Star College-Kingwood  will be alive with music soon when the campus is host to nearly 800 singers, voice faculty and pianists from colleges and universities in a three state region for the 2014 National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).  LSC-Kingwood is the first two-year college chosen to host the TEXOMA NATS Voice Competition and Conference.

“The hotels along the 59 corridor will be full and restaurants within a five mile radius of the college should expect more business,” said Dr. Todd Miller, professor of music and conference site coordinator. “Singers from high school through professional divisions will be competing, including nine LSC-Kingwood students.”

550 singers have registered for the competition. Preliminary rounds are scheduled for Nov. 5-7 and the semi-finals and finals will be held Saturday, Nov. 8, at the college and at First Presbyterian Church in Kingwood.

As part of the conference, the Kingwood Summer Opera will reprise its production of Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos (sold out) on Thursday night, Nov. 6, in the college’s theater. On Friday, Nov. 7, international operatic star soprano, Ana María Martínez, will give a concert at 8 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Kingwood.  Limited tickets remain for her concert. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Lake Houston Musical Arts Society.

On the last night of the conference, Saturday, Nov. 8, the finals of the upper college divisions will also be held at First Presbyterian Church beginning at 7 p.m. Singers will be dressed in their best evening gowns and tuxedos as they vie for first prize. This event is free and open to the public.

“This conference should bring about $200,000 to our local economy, and we are thrilled to now have the facilities that can host such a conference, thanks to the 2008 bond referendum,” said Dr. Miller. “Our college is truly part of the community and we want to do our part to further good singing in our local and regional culture.”

Singers who have participated in the TEXOMA NATS competition have gone on to grace the opera houses and concert halls of the world, but have also improved the singing of local choirs and symphony choruses. The voice faculty of this three state region is among the strongest in the entire country.

Register now for credit classes online through myLoneStar.  Classes are offered days, evenings, or weekends in traditional, Internet, video, TV and independent study formats. For more information on how to register online, visit LoneStar.edu/registration. For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281.312.1600 or visit LoneStar.edu/Kingwood.

Lone Star College has been opening doors to a better community for more than 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSC remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with almost 83,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 95,000, Lone Star College is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the nation. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., is the chancellor of LSC, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, seven centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.

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Photo cutline:  Professor of music, Dr. Todd Miller (center), leads the Lone Star College-Kingwood Concert Choir during their fall concert performance on Oct. 28.  Nine members of the choir will be among the 550 students competing in the upcoming TEXOMA NATS Voice Competition and Conference, a three-state region competition, Nov. 5-8, hosted by the college.

Ana María Martínez