October was an exciting time for the University of Washington voice department as two students earned NATS & Met awards. Lauren Kulesa, a first year Masters in Vocal Performance student, performed at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (MONC) on Sunday, October 29th, and received an Encouragement Award for the Northwest Region. Gemma Balinbin, a second year Masters in Vocal Performance student, was a regional finalist of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards (NATSAA) Competition. Both Lauren and Gemma are from the Seattle area and are working towards recitals later this quarter. Congratulations Lauren and Gemma! We are proud of your achievements.