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Athens Resident Earns Top Awards at Collegiate Singing Competition 

TYLER, Texas (March 22, 2024) – Daniel Holmes of Athens, a music composition major at The  University of Texas at Tyler, earned first place in both the musical theater and classical divisions in  the adult category during the 2024 National Association of Teachers of Singing-DFW Chapter  Conference. 

He was also named a finalist for the Jennifer Glidden Singer of the Year honor, which recognizes the  overall best singer from the entire NATS-DFW chapter competition. 

We are so proud of Daniel and congratulate him for being recognized at this year’s NATS  conference,” said Dr. Sarah Roberts, interim director of the UT Tyler School of Performing Arts. “We are excited for his future as he moves through his degree at UT Tyler.” 

Holmes is a student of Dr. Sooah Park, associate professor of music. He will graduate with a UT Tyler  Bachelor of Music in composition in spring 2026. 

Established in 1944, the National Association of Teachers of Singing promotes excellence in singing  through teaching, performance, scholarship and research. NATS offers various learning experiences  including workshops, internships, master classes and conferences. For more information, visit

With a mission to improve educational and health care outcomes for East Texas and beyond, UT  Tyler offers more than 90 undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 10,000 students.  Through its alignment with UT Tyler Health Science Center and UT Health East Texas, UT Tyler has  unified these entities to serve Texas with quality education, cutting-edge research and excellent  patient care. Classified by Carnegie as a doctoral research institution and by U.S. News & World  Report as a national university, UT Tyler has campuses in Tyler, Longview, Palestine and Houston. 

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