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We are happy to announce the first virtual National College Audition dates for 2021. The first virtual National College Auditions (NATCA) will be held online the weekend of January 29-30. This will be the first virtual national audition where aspiring theater students from across the U.S. can audition for dozens of university theater and musical theater program directors and receive immediate callbacks. In the past, students and their parents had to incur the cost of travel to live auditions in New York City, Chicago, or Los Angeles in order to audition. Now they can audition from home or their school and colleges will be able to contact them directly for call back interviews. “Adversity often breeds opportunity,” said Director Tracy Jordan, whose organization also produces College Audition Prep Weekend (CAPW) and College Audition Prep Intensive (CAPI). “In this time of covid related challenges to traveling and live events, we saw a need to bring college musical theater and theater programs together virtually with students from across the country wanting to audition for their programs. Drawing on our experience producing live and virtual events, we can create a forum for both students and colleges to come together which actually facilitates the process and saves both time and money.” Positive Customer Impact Parent Tracy Allen Lee stated, “Our daughter was so blessed to be a part of this year’s College Audition Prep Weekend. #CAPW2020 was a great way to get ready for her upcoming college auditions. The advice and guidance that she received from the college faculty and amazing staff was priceless. Thank you so much Tracy Jordan, Becky Ratliff Fredrickson, Dave Clemons for making this happen for her and all of these theater students.” The National Virtual College Auditions and College Audition Prep Weekend & Intensive are a response to feedback from college directors and parents. Jordan’s company, Tracy Jordan Presents, founded in 2018 after ten years building the second largest high school musical theater awards program in the U.S for Dallas Summer Musicals, services both groups through summer theater camps featuring faculty from top university musical theater programs from Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri and New York. He sees this as an opportunity to expand their area of services into a new area, bringing more students together with more colleges and streamlining what has been a time-consuming, expensive process.

For more information or to register visit: www.nationalcollegeaudition.com

PR Contact: Tracy Jordan Phone: 888-210-3858 Email: tjordan@collegeauditionprepweekend.com Website: www.nationalcollegeaudition.com


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Check out this video shout out from Claire Brandon, who attended College Audition Prep Weekend 2019 and is coming back this year to work with the amazing CAPW faculty and college directors! CAPW takes place Aug. 6-9 on line. For more information or to register, visit www.collegeauditionprepweekend.com

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We are thrilled this year to add to College Audition Prep Weekend's faculty Broadway veteran and star of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA on the Great White Way and for the European Tour internationally renowned vocalist and stage performer David Gaschen. He remains best known for the years he devoted to the title character in "The Phantom of the Opera." That success did not arrive overnight; it only seems that way. Gaschen graduated from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, his home town, in 1993, his degree in vocal performance. He chose to move to Chicago, Ill., to begin his professional career.  He performed in more than 20 musical plays in Chicago --- and was cast by Light Opera Works of Chicago in the leading roles of Frederic in "The Pirates of Penzance," and Karl Franz in "The Student Prince." Acceptance in Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera" would not be far behind. In fact, in May of 1995, he was cast as the alternate for The Phantom in the original Swiss production of "The Phantom of the Opera" in Basel, Switzerland.  As an alternate, Gaschen averaged 3 to 4 performances per week as the Phantom. At age 26, Gaschen had become history's youngest performer cast as the Phantom in a professional production. Gaschen’s first European performances were in German. Eventually, however, the immensely popular production in Basel began being produced six times in German, and twice in English, each week.  Gaschen was a success in Europe. After refining the role of the Phantom over the course of two years in Switzerland, he was contracted to perform the lead in the German production of "The Phantom of the Opera“ in Hamburg. All told, Gaschen made the role his own, acting and singing as the Phantom more than 1,000 times in Europe. In the summer of 1999, Gaschen found himself walking out on stage to sing for famous Broadway producer Harold Prince. The result was immediate: Gaschen joined the Broadway cast after that audition. He would make his Broadway debut in the title role of "The Phantom of the Opera" in November 1999. All told, Gaschen has performed the role of the Phantom in professional productions worldwide more than 1,300 times. While producers of "The Phantom of the Opera" still call on Gaschen to temporarily join productions when needed, the versatile performer eventually opted to leave Broadway and seek success in the recording and concert arenas. He already is included on the compact disc "Broadway's Fabulous Phantoms" with the likes of Howard McGillin, Hugh Panaro and Michael Crawford, the latter of course being Broadway's original and best known Phantom of the Opera. However, Gaschen also recorded two solo CDs called "Let Me Sing and I'm Happy,"and "David Gaschen"  He just recently released a new Christmas CD titled "A Celebration of Christmas."  His recordings paved the way for pop music success, and his vocal guest appearances with orchestras include the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, Wheeling Symphony Orchestra  Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, Allen Philharmonic Orchestra, The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Longview Symphony Orchestra as well as internationally with the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra in Guadalajara Mexico. Success on the professional stage would also find Gaschen honored in his hometown of Lubbock. In September 2006, Gaschen was inducted onto the West Texas Walk of Fame, where bronze plaques depict West Texas natives being honored for excelling professionally in the arts; this walk of fame traditionally is located adjacent to a bronze state of the late Buddy Holly, considered Lubbock's native son. Gaschen also returned to Lubbock to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award from Texas Tech's School of Visual and Performing Arts. Gaschen is most proud of his wonderful family. He thanks God everyday for his beautiful bride Jeanne and his incredible children Andrew and Molly!

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