Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Assistant Professor of Voice one of seven nationwide to earn national teaching award

KINGSVILLE - June 28, 2006

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4143

Dr. Arikka Gregory, assistant professor of voice at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, was one of only seven teachers nationwide given the Young Leaders Award from the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). The award will allow Gregory to attend the NATS National Conference in Minneapolis June 30-July 4.

The award recognizes and supports exemplary singing instructors age 25-35 with no more than 10 years of teaching experience. Full, active members of NATS from seven different U.S. regions were eligible to apply for the award. Those regions were Cal-Western, New England, Mid-South, Mid-Atlantic, Southeastern, Southern and Texas.

NATS seeks to encourage the highest standards of the vocal art and of ethical principles in the teaching of singing; and to promote vocal education and research at all levels, both for the enrichment of the general public and for the professional advancement of the talented. Founded in 1944, NATS is now the largest association of teachers of singing in the world, boasting more than 6,300 members in the United States, Canada and over 25 other countries around the world

The award, valued at $1,000, was given to one teacher from each region to cover travel, housing, registration, food and other costs related to attending the conference. The leaders also will attend a special breakfast in their honor at the conference, where they will meet organizational officers. In addition, leaders will offer presentations in their region the following year on their experience at the NATS conference and on receiving the award.

The conference will feature lectures, master classes, recitals and seminars that will educate and more, said Gregory. “Attending the conference will show me the standard of excellence I need to strive for in my performances and in my scholarship as well.

“A lot of people aren’t able to make it out to the national conference, so this is a real opportunity,” said Gregory. “This will actually be my first trip, so I’m very excited.”

Prior to joining the faculty of A&M-Kingsville, Gregory taught at Concordia University at Austin, St. Phillips University in San Antonio and the University of Florida. She holds a doctorate in voice performance from the University of Texas at Austin, a master’s degree in music from Florida State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida. A mezzo-soprano, Gregory has performed with various opera companies, including the Austin Lyric Opera and the Chautauqua Opera, and was a soloist under the baton of Robert Shaw in a presentation of Mendelssohn’s Elijah.

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