PORTLAND — Chloe Paton, a sophomore at Nyssa High School, recently took second place in the Lower High School Women Cascade Chapter of the National Association of Teachings of Singing (NATS) Classical Student Auditions. The competition, held at the University of Portland on Jan. 26, had 375 students participating. Each student performed three different art songs representing different styles and languages before a panel of judges. Only two place-winners were awarded in this category, with the judges deciding not to award a third place.
Chloe was invited to perform in the Honors Recital held on Jan. 27, that featured the winners of the competition. For the competition, Chloe performed Quiz Respexit from Bach’s Magnificat, Charmant Papillon by Campra, and Aaron Copland’s Pastorale. Additionally, she will advance to the regional competition via a video tape submission and could move on to compete at semi-Nationals and Nationals in Minnesota.
Chloe is a student of Allison Swensen-Mitchell, who currently maintains a private voice studio in both Ontario and Baker City, and previously taught for 20 years on the voice faculty at Willamette University.
Additionally, Chloe sings with the Nyssa High School Select Choir. In 2018, she won the soprano division of the OMEA District 9 Solo Voice Festival and competed in the OSAA State Solo Competition.