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Clarke Music Professor Selected to Receive 2020 Emerging Leader Award

By Clarke News  |  March 27, 2020
Kylie Gougler, Clarke University Assistant Professor of Music

Clarke Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Kylie Gougler is one of seven voice teachers nationwide to be selected to receive a 2020 NATS Emerging Leader Award.

The National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) has announced that seven early-career teachers of singing have been selected to receive 2020 Emerging Leader Awards. This biennial grant program with partial funding from the NATS Foundation is designed to recognize teachers of singing with no more than 10 years of teaching experience and who are active at the chapter and regional level of NATS. Winners receive a $750 grant to assist with their attendance at the NATS 56th National Conference, which takes place June 26-30, 2020, in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Other 2020 winning leaders are from Washington, Indiana, Illinois, New York, Colorado, and Wisconsin.

Gougler said, “It is such an honor to be recognized by this wonderful association for all my work in the teaching studio over the span of my short career. In many ways, I am still a student, too, and having the opportunity to learn and be inspired by experts in my field will provide me with more tools become the best teacher I can be for my stduents.”

The NATS Board of Trustees and the NATS Foundation chose the winners out of thousands of applicants. Gougler said she has strived to be active within the NATS organization in her career, and is currently the Auditions Coordinator for the Iowa Chapter. She has been taking her students to the chapter and regionial auditions every November since she began teaching. Gougler added, “In 2018, I was chosen to present my dissertation at the 55th Annual NATS Conference in Las Vegas, and I cannot wait to attend the conference again in Knoxville.”

Clarke University offers Music as both a major and minor, with areas of focus in vocal, instrumental, and composition. Fine arts talent award scholarships are available to music majors. Clarke also invites students of all majors to participate in its many music ensembles opportunities, including both voice and instrumental.

For more information, please contact Clarke’s Music Department at (563) 588-8180.