It was a big weekend for soon-to-be sophomore Anthony Blatter, a vocal music major in both music education and performance. On Sunday in Las Vegas, he won first place in the Finals competition of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) in Category 6: Lower College Men, Musical Theatre. It was quite the road to get there which started last Fall when Anthony placed second in the Central Region NATS competition in Iowa. This allowed him to enter that National NATS competition, which was done via YouTube. After winning that round in his category, he became a national semi-finalist. The semi-final competition occured last Friday during the 55th NATS National Conference. He was sent along to the final round and came home with the big title! He sang "If I Were A Rich Man" from Fiddler on the Roof for the finals competition yesterday. For more information on this competition or the students involved, see the NATS official website.
Anthony is a graduate of Parkway Central High School in Chesterfield, Missouri. His vocal teacher at MU is Professor Steven Tharp. His comments regarding Anthony's win were, "Anthony’s win doesn’t come as a big surprise to me—I’ve seen how dedicated and passionate he is about singing since he walked into my studio. He’s always striving to excel. I’m so proud of his achievement." We are also very proud of Anthony and his recent accomplishment, but are not surprised. He follows a long line of very accomplished, award-winning singers that have come out of our School of Music!