ALO student advances to NATS state battle
Hartsville High School (HHS) sophomore Archie Torain received a superior rating at the Mid-Atlantic region's National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition. The win enables him to compete at the state level, and advanced to the national preliminaries with another victory, placing in the top 5 out of hundreds of competitors.
NATS is an organization that promotes singing through competitions and programs that showcase talented singers and performers. Top performers in each region compete against other top artists from around the country. Students of NATS members start the process by performing during regional auditions. Three singers from each regional category advance to a national online screening round, where entrants will submit a video of their performances for adjudication by a panel of national judges.
Torain is a student at Coker College through the PULSE Accelerated Learning Opportunies (ALO) program, studying voice with Lee Ousley. At high school, he is a member of the Advanced Honors Choir and the HHS Singers. He also studies with Dr. James Beaumier, HHS choral teacher. At the competition, Kim Roberts, Hartsville Middle School magnet chorus teacher, served as Torain's accompaniest.
Dr. Serena Hill La-Roche, Coker PULSE facilitator, said, "Archie’s voice instructor and I are thrilled with the vocal progress he is making, and are proud that he has a chance to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity for growth and self-discovery."