Dear Great Lakes Region NATS Members!
Happy New Year! It is my pleasure to serve as your Great Lakes Regional Governor. I ask your indulgence as you read through this information. If indeed there are mistakes, please bring them to my attention and I’ll get them corrected.
Plans are in the process for a wonderful day at Ball State University. Dr. Kathleen Maurer and the voice faculty of Ball State University will be our hosts. In addition to the auditions, Great Lakes Region NATSAA auditions will take place Friday, Feb. 21 and a number of workshops/presentations will be available for teacher and student on Saturday, February 22nd.
I hope all of you are having a wonderful and musically productive year, and I look forward to seeing you at the upcoming Regional Auditions in Michigan.
Please read the following carefully.
DEADLINE FOR SPRING STUDENT AUDITION FORMS:
POSTMARKED FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 2014
THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS DEADLINE.
MAIL MATERIALS TO:
362 GUZZETTA HALL
THE UNIVERSITY OF AKRON
AKRON, OH 44325-1002
SPRING STUDENT AUDITIONS
DATE: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2014
LOCATION: BALL STATE UNIVERSITY
AUDITIONS CHAIR: Laurie Lashbrook, Great Lakes Region Governor
HOST: Dr. Kathleen Maurer and the Voice Faculty at Ball State University
POSTMARK DEADLINE: JANUARY 24, 2014 (NO EXCEPTIONS)
In order to ensure that our Region’s Special Awards (e.g., the Gean Greenwell, Jessye Norman, Jon Vickers, Ralph Appelman, Irma Cooper, Most Promising Musical Theatre awards) can continue at the level we would like to keep in the future, I am inviting each of you to take this particular opportunity to donate special funds toward these awards, or toward any of the top awards at the Regional Auditions. Donors will be named in the program of the final Concert of Promise. This is your opportunity to donate toward an award in the name of someone special, or simply to help support NATS Great Lakes Auditions. If you would like to make such a contribution, please fill out the portion of the Teacher Form concerning contributions toward awards, and enclose a check made out to Great Lakes Region NATS by the deadline.
The final schedule will be sent to those whose students will be performing in these auditions, and to all those who will be judging, and to all those who make a donation toward the awards.
All of the Regional Information for the Student Auditions is below:
Teachers Judging or Waiver: Teachers whose students register for these auditions are required to participate as adjudicators or in other assigned duties unless officially excused. Each of you is important to the success of this event. Age and infirmity are automatically always excused; other personal issues will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
We realize that many teachers are actively involved in performances or conferences whose dates cannot be changed; we can excuse you for these if you submit this information on the Waiver form.
However, bear in mind that National NATS states that a teacher may be excused from judging for such reasons for up to two consecutive years, but then MUST adjudicate, or pay the extra fee. This extra fee still will apply and be assessed if a judge cancels at the last minute and the consecutive two-year rule applies.
Materials to submit, along with fees (etc.) by the postmark date of January 24, 2014:
1. Teacher Registration Form, one copy, listing all students’ categories, and pianists (no TBA’s will be accepted) and including Teacher Registration Fee as noted; also any special donations.
2. Student Registration Form, one copy for each student, including Student Registration Fee for each student.
3. Student Audition Form (the form for judges’ comments), 3 copies for each student.
4. If requesting a Staff Pianist, one copy of each musical selection, in the correct key.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Students using staff pianists must bring original scores to the auditions at which time staff pianists will use the original scores.
5. ONE CHECK made payable to NATS Great Lakes Region including ALL the above fees.
Submit all the above to:
362 Guzzetta Hall
The University of Akron
Akron, OH 44325-1002
Thank you for your support. It is a pleasure to serve as your regional governor and I look forward to seeing all of you at the Regional Auditions in Muncie, Indiana, USA at Ball State University!
Laurie Lashbrook, Governor
Great Lakes Region