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COLUMBUS, Miss.-- Dr. Susan Hurley, assistant professor of voice at Mississippi University for Women, recently was elected treasurer of the Mississippi chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Hurley teaches applied voice, performance techniques and opera workshop at The W. The MS NATS Executive Board confirmed her appointment earlier this summer. Hurley will serve a four-year term, beginning August 2020.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to serve our state chapter while deepening professional relationships with voice colleagues from all around Mississippi,” Hurley said.

MS NATS President Amanda Johnston asked her earlier this year if she would consider acting as the chapter’s treasurer. Hurley was delighted to accept the opportunity to serve an organization that has more than 7,000 members and is the largest professional association of singing teachers in the world. NATS offers workshops, conferences, master classes and student auditions.

This is the first time Hurley will serve as an officer in NATS. She has been active in the organization for nearly a decade and a member of the Mississippi chapter since 2017.

Hurley will be in charge of the MS District NATS account, and be responsible for writing checks for conference events and for the student audition winners.

“I’m very happy with this role,” Hurley said. “It’s really a ‘best of both worlds’ position in that it’s a great way to deepen my investment in our professional association while retaining the freedom to continue serving as an adjudicator for student singers. I’m expecting a great experience for myself, my colleagues, my students and The W.”

Hurley is the author of “An Introduction to Tomatis Listening,” which is chapter 8 in “So You Want to Sing with Awareness,” a book that was published this spring by Rowman and Littlefield. She is the founding artistic director of Phoenix, Arizona’s annual AIDS Quilt Songbook Performance Project. She has presented lectures and workshops at the International Congress of Voice Teachers in Stockholm, Sweden; the Southern Regional NATS conference; the Valley of the Sun chapter of NATS; and for the Mississippi Music Teachers’ Association.

July 16, 2020
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