Lucy Evans, a voice student of Karen Brunssen, won first place in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) 2018 National Student Auditions, Lower College/Independent Studio Women category.

The semifinal round of competition was held on June 22, with the finals taking place Sunday, June 24. This year's competition took place as part of the 55th NATS National Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Evans previously received first place in the Lower College Women division at the Midwest Regional NATS competition.

Originally from Bellingham, Washington, Lucy Evans is a rising junior at the Bienen School of Music. She has appeared with Northwestern University Opera Theater as Irene (Theodora) and as a chorus member (Dialogues of the Carmelites and Don Giovanni). While at Northwestern, she has also appeared as Third Lady (The Magic Flute) and Kate (Pirates of Penzance) with the Undergraduate Company of Opera Singers. Earlier in 2018, Evans directed the UCOS production of Iolanthe.

Professor Brunssen is the NATS president-elect and will begin her three-year term as president in July.