SLU VOCALISTS: Ben Vollentine, of Covington, and Dana Arthur, of Abita Springs, were among 11 Southeastern Louisiana University vocal performance students who were finalists at a competition held by the Louisiana Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing on March 14 at the SLU campus.

Vollentine took first place in the junior men category, and Arthur was second in the senior women category.

Auditions were judged by voice teachers from the NATS Louisiana chapter. Students participated in lectures and master classes as part of the one-day conference.

Members of the SLU voice faculty who contributed to conference events included Kristen Marchiafava, Joy Ratliff, Alissa Rowe, Stephen Rushing and Kay Schepker. The collaborative pianist staff included Irina Cunev, Chuck Effler and Raisa Voldman.