NATS Ontario Vocal Showcase Registration is Now Open

As you may know, the NATS Ontario Vocal Showcase 2017 will be held at York University on Saturday and Sunday, 18th and 19th of November, with Classical classes taking place on the 18th of November and Music Theatre classes taking place on the 19th of November. And, as if that isn’t cool enough on its own? There’s more!

The NATS Ontario Executive is JUST THRILLED to announce the creation of several new classes, including:

  • Young Singer / Grades 5 & 6 in both Classical Voice & Music Theatre
  • Adult Beginner and Adult Advanced, which are divided into under 30 years of age and over 30 years of age in both Classical Voice & Music Theatre

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Spring AGM & Professional Development Day

NATS Ontario is thrilled to welcome leading CCM & Music Theatre styles educatorMatthew Edwards to our upcoming PD Day on Saturday, May 6, 2017!  Over the course of three sessions & a master class, Matt will address technical & stylistic ingredients in CCM & Music Theatre styles, including:

  • how to prevent vocal injury
  • how to alter resonance in CCM styles
  • stylistic differences between musical theatre eras & styles
  • how current audio technology affects our perception of the human voice on recordings.

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2017 NATS Intern Program – Toronto!


The National Association of Teachers of Singing announces the 2017 NATS Intern Program:

DATE: 2-12 June, 2017

LOCATION: University of Toronto

DEADLINE: 15 December, 2016

Director of NATS Intern Program: Norman Spivey

Local Coordinator: Lorna MacDonald


  • Peggy Baroody – Independent Studio, Philadelphia, PA
  • Kenneth Bozeman – Lawrence University, Appleton, WI
  • Mary Saunders-Barton – Penn State University, State College, PA
  • W. Stephen Smith – Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
  • Warren Jones – Manhattan School of Music, New York, NY

CLICK HERE for more information!


Vocal Showcase 2016

2016 NATS Ontario Vocal Showcase

2016 NATS Ontario Vocal Showcase (formerly NATS Ontario Auditions) is scheduled for Saturday, 19th November at Western University in London, Ontario. 

Registration NOW OPEN at!

NOTE: Registration Closes Friday, 14th October.


2016 NATS Ontario Fall Meeting & Social

The NATS Ontario Fall Meeting & Social will be held on the evening of Friday, 18th November at the Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre in London and will feature Kim Mattice Wanat!  Further details (including cost and agenda) will be posted soon!

Great Lakes Region — Fall 2015 Newsletter

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1) 2016 Regional NATS
Deadline: January 21, 2016

The 2016 Regional NATS auditions will be held on the campus of the Western University (formerly the University of Western Ontario) in London, Ontario on Saturday, February 27. Barbara Dunn-Prosser will serve as the site host.

Rather than using printed forms and mailing them in as we have done in the past, we will use to register. I hesitated to ask another change of you, but I am told by the chapter officers for Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Ontario that you’re all using this for your chapter auditions anyway. Hopefully, there won’t be too many frustrations caused by moving to this for registration. I anticipate that registration will open up on December 21 and will close on January 21.

1. Login to
2. You will see the following message:
Welcome to the Ontario NATS Chapter Audition Scheduling Website

What would you like to do?


  1. Select REGISTER STUDENTS FOR GREAT LAKES REGION4. Fill in forms the same way you did as for Chapter Auditions.

    5. Questions?  Email Brian Horne

As you probably know already, the national board of NATS voted to require all chapters and regions to conform to guidelines which will enable a smooth process for everyone who chooses to participate in the National Student Auditions.

Information about this new system has been distributed throughout the fall, but you can review it all here:

We will use this new system in February. I will write with more detail about this when the time comes, but for now please make certain – absolutely certain – that your travel plans enable you to arrive in time for the teachers’ meeting on Saturday morning the 27th at 9:00am.

Please note that teachers will be permitted to enroll students in a classical category AND a musical theater category OR the Hall Johnson Spiritual Category (explained below), but not all three.

2) Hall Johnson Spiritual Category

For the first time, there will be a Hall Johnson Spiritual Category included in Regional NATS. Entrants may enter their applicable “classical category” (sophomore women, junior men, etc.) AND the Hall Johnson Spiritual Category.

More information can be found here:

Please note that the age requirements for this are ages 17-23 only.

3) 2017 Regional NATS

Regional NATS will be held on March 4, 2017 at the University of Toronto, Toronto, ON.

4) 2015 NATS Intern program

The Great Lakes region was well-represented at the 2015 NATS Intern program held at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas. Mary Ann Hart of Indiana University was one of the four master teachers. Four of the 12 interns – chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants – were from the Great Lakes region:

Maribeth Crawford – Walsh University in Canton, OH
Peter C. Keates – Wright State University in Dayton, OH
Linda McAlister – Miami University in Oxford, OH
Angela Young Smucker – Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, IN

5) 2015 NSA participants

The Great Lakes Region participants in the 2015 National Student Auditions were:

Shannon Barry of DePauw University, Greencastle, IN (student of Pamela Coburn) Blake Beckemeyer of DePauw University, Greencastle, IN (student of Caroline Smith) Ashlee Bickley (student of Keith Brautigam)
Logan Dell’Acqua of DePauw University (student of Caroline Smith)

Desiree Johnson of Bowling Green State University (student of Myra Merritt) Samuel Witmer of Ohio University (student of Debra Rentz)

6) 2016 NATSAA

As you know, the national board of NATS voted to incorporate changes to NATSAA beginning with the 2016 auditions. The primary change at this point is that the chapter round has been eliminated. The first round will now be at the regional level. This presents some benefits and some difficulties.

The benefits are that the costs to mount the auditions for the each of the chapters have been eliminated. There were costs to arrange for judges, venues, pianists, etc., and there will now no longer be a need for that. Unfortunately, for our region, this means that to enter and compete in even the first round means that someone from the region will have to have a passport. Either Canadians will have to cross the border (and, therefore, must have a passport) to compete, or Americans will have to cross the border, depending on the venue of the competition. There will be a more significant outlay of cash just to enter the first round.

Traditionally, the NATSAA regional finals have been held the night before the regional NATS auditions wherever they were to be held. I believe the hope was that this would become part of the event, but nearly no one attended because it meant having to arrive early, and most people don’t have that luxury.

I have decided to decouple these two events, so regional NATS will be held on February 27 in London, ON, and the regional NATSAA competition (now the first round) will be held on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester, MI in metro Detroit on April 2, 2016. Drake Dantzler, president of the Michigan chapter will act as the local coordinator. The deadline to apply is January 13, 2016. More information about repertoire and other requirements can be found here:

7) 2018 NATSAA

The NATS Board voted on and approved significant changes to NATSAA for the next round in 2018. Norman Spivey and Allen Henderson both advocated for a change of date for this, feeling that holding the competition in the summer limited the participation of high-level singers who have summer commitments with young artist programs. There was a great deal of conversation about this, but in the end the Board voted to move the NATSAA finals to a date in the winter. The exact details of this are yet to be set, but it is quite likely that the NATSAA finals and the finals of the National Musical Theater Competition will be held in New York in January, 2018. This, of course, means that the entire timeline will have to be moved up – for applications, regional competitions, etc.

Since I represent you on the national Board, I feel compelled to tell you that I was adamantly opposed to this change for a variety of reasons. I voted against this, but the motion passed with about 60% support nevertheless. I would be happy to speak with you about this if you should like to contact me (; 812-855-2380), but for now this is the plan.

8) Upcoming opportunities

There are many opportunities for which the applications are due in December, January, or February. You can read more details about these here:

But, here is a listing of the deadlines:

NATS Intern Program: December 15, 2015
Emerging Leaders Awards: January 24, 2016
Joan Frey Boytim Awards for Independent Teachers: February 1, 2016 NATS Foundation Voice Pedagogy Award: February 15, 2016

Bodymapping Spring Workshop: What Every Singer Needs to Know About the Body

Body Mapping Workshop with Melissa Malde
Participation by advance registration!

Saturday, May 2, 2015 — 10:30am-5:30pm
Faculty of Music, University of Toronto


*Morning Coffee Break and Catered Lunch included

Register by RSVP to Alison Moodie at
All chapter memberships must be paid in full by April 30, 2015. No tickets at the door.

Schedule of Day’s events:
8:30am — Coffee Time
9:00am — NATS Ontario Chapter AGM
10:00am — Registration Check-in & Coffee Break
10:30am — Body Mapping – Part 1
12:30pm — Catered Lunch
1:30pm — Body Mapping – Part 2
5:30pm — End of Day

What is Body Mapping?
Body Mapping is the conscious correcting and refining of one’s body map to produce efficient, coordinated, effective movement. Body Mapping, over time, with application, allows any musician to play or sing like a natural. It is a tool that is useful in many different settings from music studios to exercise studios and beyond. Body Mapping not only helps musicians avoid injury; it also enhances musicians’ technique. When students’ movement in playing or singing becomes based on their direct perception of their actual structure, it becomes efficient, expressive, and appropriate for making music.

Melissa Malde has performed with numerous organizations throughout the United States, including Opera Colorado, Kentucky Opera, Ohio Light Opera, the Bangor Symphony, the Cedar Rapids Symphony, Dorian Opera Theatre, the Cheyenne Symphony, the Colorado Music Festival and Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre. She has sung abroad in Moscow, Prague and Germany. Dr. Malde holds degrees from Oberlin College and Conservatory, Northwestern University, the University of Cincinnati, and the Hochschule für Musik in Munich. She is certified as an Andover Educator to teach Body Mapping and is the author of What Every Singer Needs to Know About the Body, available through Plural Publishing.


Fall Meeting & Cocktail Dinner

The NATS Ontario Chapter Fall Meeting and Cocktail Dinner will be held at the Canadian Music Centre in Toronto, Friday, November 14, 2014.

We are pleased to announce that our evening will include performances of Canadian content by Canadian artists in various styles. Our guest artists include one of Canada’s leading vocalists in the jazz and new music scene, Alex Samaras. Representing the classical genre, members of SNATS UofT will perform and also, our Canadian finalist in the NATS International Music Theatre Competition, Boston 2014, Amy Moodie will perform.

The evening’s agenda will unfold as follows;

6:00 pm – Meet and Greet Cocktail Time
6:30 – 7:15 pm – General Meeting
7:15 pm – Casual Buffet
7:30 pm – SNATS performance
7:45 pm – Amy Moodie performance
8:00 pm – Alex Samaras performance
8:30 pm – Coffee and Dessert
8:30 pm – SNATS performance

The cost for the evening will be $40.00 per person. There is a maximum capacity of 45 people at this facility. RSVP to Please indicate your wine preference in your RSVP.

The CMC building is located east of the Queen’s Park area at 20 St. Joseph St. Toronto ON between Bay and Yonge Streets

Transportation and parking near 20 St. Joseph Street:
From Wellesley Subway Station – head north on Yonge, turn Left onto St. Joseph Street. The Canadian Music Centre will be half way down the block on the North side.

Parking: There is street parking around the area and on St. Joseph Street. There are also several parking lots on Bay Street and underground parking at the residence at 44 St. Joseph Street.