Six Lawrence students won first place honors in two recent musical competitions. The Wisconsin Music Teachers National Association Piano Competition took place Saturday, Oct. 24, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition was held Nov. 6-7. At the MTNA Piano Competition, Michael Smith, a senior piano performance major from Davis, Calif., won the Young Artists division, which includes artists 19-26 years of age. He performed works by Bach, Rachmaninoff, Schulhoff and Schumann. Smith is the 10th Lawrence piano student in the last 12 years to win the award. Also at MTNA, Jonathan Gmeinder, from Hartland, Wis., took first place in the Senior Performance division, which includes artists 16-18 years of age. Gmeinder played works by Bach, Beethoven and Chopin. Smith and Gmeinder were invited to the MTNA’s five-state East Central Division regional competition, held Jan. 15-17 at the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point. A win there will place them in the MTNA national competition, held in March in Albuquerque. Sophomore Marshall Cuffe also competed at the MTNA state piano competition, earning an honorable mention award. The NATS vocal competition was held Nov. 6-7 at UW-Eau Claire. Thirty-five Lawrence students attended with eight of those making it into the final round. As many as 345 singers from around the state competed in 20 divisions, separated by gender and skill level. Erin Bryan, from Appleton and a student of Professor of Music Patrice Michaels’, took first place in the women’s sophomore division. Taking first place in the women’s junior category was Sara Brannon from Houston, Texas. Brannon is a student of Professor of Music Ken Bozeman’s. “Every Lawrence student I heard was on top of their game,” said Sara Brannon about the vocal competition. “I think the thing that made us stand out the most was our graciousness and support for each other.” Brannon is a vocal performance and choral and general music education double major. Men who won first place awards were Patrick MacDevitt from Marquette, Mich. in the junior division and Evan Bravos from St. Charles, Ill. in the senior division. MacDevitt studies voice with Assistant Professor of Music Steven Spears, and Bravos is a student of Ken Bozeman’s. Evan Bravos, also a vocal performance and choral and general music education double major, said, “I feel accomplished about this year’s success.” Bravos is planning on attending graduate school for performance. “There is always something to be focusing on,” he added. Vocal competition winners were awarded $150. Second- and thirdplace finishers received $125 and $100, respectively.