Student wins 1st Place at the National Association for Teachers of Singing competition

Pictured: UTC student Sonia Rippe

Sonia Rippe placed first in the Upperclassmen Division of the National Association for Teachers of Singing (NATS) Musical Theater category in the mid-south regional competition.   Rippe, a native of Memphis, Tennessee who studies voice with Dr. Rebecca St. Goar, performed four songs from musicals.

Rippe performed four songs from musicals meeting different time period qualifications. Her selections included: “See, I’m Smiling,” from The Last Five Years; “Bewitched,” from Pal Joey; “I Speak Six Languages,” from The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; and “A Change in Me,” from Beauty and the Beast.

Rippe has been a member of the Chamber Singers for three and a half years, and she has toured Austria, recorded Roland Carter’s CD “In Bright Mansions,” and performed with the CSO Chorus. She also participates in other music-related activities, such as productions with the Chattanooga Theater Center and performances in the Phi Mu Alpha Symphonia fraternity “All Sing” competition with her sorority, Chi Omega.

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