Simpson recruit wins national singing contest for high schoolers

Look out, “American Idol.” That goes for “The Voice” as well.

Simpson College will soon have another of its own singing stars on campus.

Trevor Rayhons of Garner, who will be a first-year Simpson student this fall, recently won first place in the National Association of Teachers of Singing’s (NATS) National Student Auditions, held in Boston.

Rayhons advanced through a qualifying round in the high school men’s division, then competed against 13 other men in Boston. In the finals, he won with his performance of “Die Post” from Schubert’s Winterreise.

“We look forward to Trevor’s continued success at Simpson,” said Tim McMillin, chair of the Simpson music department. “He earned a great honor, and he will join an extremely talented cohort of first-year students we will welcome this fall. The faculty is excited about working with Trevor and his classmates.”

In a recent email announcing his auspicious win, Trevor wrote: “While in Boston at the NATS conference, I talked to many professors and teachers from all across the U.S., and I only heard wonderful things about Simpson while I was there. I look forward to working with all of you in the next four years and I just can’t even fathom how grateful I am for you welcoming me to attend Simpson.”

Trevor is a great example of the quality of student Simpson College attracts. We look forward to helping all our students move in and get settled in a few short weeks.



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