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Music Department Students & Faculty compete at the 2023 Texhoma NATS Competition

A group of students pose in a group at the 2023 Texhoma NATS competition

Adrenaline ran high as the Texas Wesleyan music students and faculty prepared for the 2023 Texhoma NATS competion. Daily coaching by their professors Keith Critcher, Arielle Collier and David Bogaev were a must for this prestigious competition. On the day of competition, excitement and nerves were brewing as all students performed their best for their auditions in each category.

Classical First Year Treble Sima Mwesiga & Bria Brown
Classical Second Year Tenor/Bass Patrico Izaguirre
Classical Second Year Treble Gabrielle Little
Classical Fourth/Fifth Year Treble and Hall Johnson Elyssa Williams
Classical Fourth/Fifth Year Tenor/Bass Darion Chilton & Abraham Hernandez
Classical Adult Treble Alex Veloz
Classical Adult Tenor/Bass Professor David Bogaev

TXWES professor Keith Critcher taking a selfie with a group of studentsThe participation of this year’s competition would not have happened without the hard work and dedication of Professor Keith Critcher. His astounding care and passion for the success of our Texas Wesleyan music students goes above and beyond. He coached each individual student for weeks in preparation while also accompanying them for their audition. He even went as far as to coordinate housing accommodations for the students and dinner reservations while competing in Denton. Professor Critcher carries a heavy load of our department’s success and we honestly couldn’t do it without him.

Everyone gave it their all as they auditioned and many were extremely close to making it to semi-finals and each of them expressed their gain of valued education about singing, their peers and performing/auditioning.

Special congratulations to our students who performed and placed!

Elyssa Williams Semi-finalist in Classical Fourth/Fifth Year Treble & Hall Johnson
Patricio Izaguirre First Place in Classical 2nd Year Tenor/Bass
Professor David Bogaev First Place in Classical Adult Tenor/Bass

Professor Bogaev, along with Professor Critcher, will be traveling to New York City, NY representing the Texhoma Region for National Finals!

A final congratulations to all who were involved in this year’s Texhoma NATS competition!

Written by Music Department student Madison Wooley and Music Department Coordinator Kristen Carlini


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