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Graves High senior wins 'High School Men's' vocal competition

(Source: Paul Schaumburg/Graves Co. Schools) (Source: Paul Schaumburg/Graves Co. Schools)

Graves County High School senior Andrew Durham recently won the “High School Men’s” category of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Kentucky Chapter, student auditions at Northern Kentucky University.

“I was so glad Andrew chose to show his commitment to his singing by participating in this event,” said Durham’s private voice teacher, Christopher Mitchell. He continued, “The NATS Kentucky Chapter student auditions provide students who are studying singing with teachers who are NATS members the chance to perform and receive feedback from other teachers from throughout Kentucky, including university faculty and independent studio teachers.”

The auditions took place at Northern Kentucky University.

Mitchell explained, “Students prepare repertoire according to stated guidelines for performance in the preliminary round. Students who receive an average score of 90 or above from the three adjudicators advance to the semi-final round, where they are judged by a panel of three different adjudicators. Students then are ranked by the judges and the top students from each category advance to the final round, which is a public recital where all member-teachers vote on the performers to determine a winner.”

“This is a highly prestigious achievement, especially since he competed with magnet school and private art school students from Louisville and Lexington, among others. We’re so proud of him!” said Raeanne McKendree, who is Durham’s Graves County High School choir teacher. He sings in the school’s a capella men’s group and plays violin in the school orchestra.

This past summer, he was selected for another honor and learning opportunity. He was among an elite group of students across the commonwealth who participated in the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts at Centre College in Danville.

Although his fall and summer experiences focused on vocal music, he hopes to major in violin performance in college.

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