2013 Fall Auditions Weekend Information


Friday, November 15th – Windermere Manor, London, ON

  • 6:00-7:00 pm Cocktails
  • 7:00-8:0o pm Dinner
  • 8:00 Dessert, Meeting & Guest Speaker – RICHARD MARGISON


Saturday, November 16th – Western University, London, ON

  • 8:30 am Registration opens in the foyer of the Music Building
  • 9:00 am Official Accompanist 20 min rehearsals begin (if you are bringing your own accompanist, you do not need to be there for this)
  • 10:00 am Adjudicators Meeting in von Kuster Hall, Music Building
  • 11:00 am Classes begin
  • 5:00 pm Approximate ending of all classes
  • 5:30 pm Approximate time of the Final Concert in von Kuster Concert Hall

Recruitment Day – Who is going to be there?

  • Western University
  • Wilfrid Laurier University
  • York University
  • Queens University
  • University of Toronto – Classical and Jazz
  • Randolph Music Theatre Academy
  • Sheridan College
  • Southwestern Branch of ORMTA
  • Joan Heels –  Sight singing book
  • Centre for Opera Studies in Italy (COSI)


  • Our Audition Day happens during major construction at the Faculty of Music & the Western University Open House Day – please allow time to find PARKING!  And don’t forget to pay your parking or you WILL get a ticket.
  • The Cafeteria in Talbot College will be open in the morning however we suggest that you plan your meals accordingly.  There are many food vendors  up the hill of the main campus but this is a 5-10 minute walk.
  • You can still DONATE to the scholarship fund! Online through Paypal or in person to Linda Condy on the day (cheque or cash)

Parking Information:

  • Several thousand visitors will be coming to campus on auditions day. Talbot lot gate will be up and parking is free. Other alternatives if this lot is full are: Huron Flats, South Valley (gated lot) and Medway for overflow.
  • Click here to download a campus parking lot map.
  • Directions to campus are also available on the UWO website.
  • Most GPS systems suggest entering the campus via the main gates at 1151 Richmond Street.  This entrance will likely be clogged up first thing in the morning with traffic. It may be easier to enter campus from the west side (off Sarnia Road) as well as the north (off Windermere Road).

You are INVITED! 2013 NATS ONTARIO Annual Fall Banquet!

NATS Ontario is pleased to host our third annual Fall Banquet and Members Meeting on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2013

Featuring special guest speaker – Richard Margison, renowned Canadian Tenor and founder of the Highlands Opera Studio.

200 Collip Circle, London, Ontario. N6G 4X8

6 – 7 pm  Cocktail Hour with appetizers and wine service
7 – 8 pm  Dinner
8 – 9 pm  Dessert & Coffee; Meeting and Guest Speaker, Richard Margison

COCKTAILS, DINNER BANQUET & WINE AND GUEST SPEAKER : $50.00 per person — click here to pay via PayPal or send a cheque:

c/o Linda Condy
220 Waratah Avenue
Newmarket, ON L3Y 5J7

Please reserve your space at the banquet by FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2013.

Take advantage of the NATS special room rates at the Windermere Manor. Reservations must be made by Tuesday, October 15, 2013 for the NATS discount.

Reserve online or call 1-800-997-4477 and be sure to mention you are booking with our NATS Group.

Single room with King bed – $119 per night

Suite with 2 Queen beds, living room and kitchen – $139 per night




Aaron Low

We are pleased to have Aaron Low, speech and language pathologist at The Voice Clinic, join us at our NATS Ontario 2013 Spring Meeting. We’d love to have you join us this Saturday, May 4th for a discussion and demonstration of laryngeal massage for singing.

The Voice ClinicAaron J. Low, M.S., CCC-SLP, is an Ontario licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and Professional Voice Consultant. Aaron holds a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Minot State University in Minot, North Dakota and was mentored by Dr. Nelson Roy, a world-leading voice researcher now with the University of Utah – Salt Lake City.

Aaron’s experience over the past 12 years of professional speech and voice rehabilitation include head/neck cancer, award-winning pediatric research helping to develop the first voice clinic for children in the world at SickKids, repairing speaking voices from teenagers to the world’s elite, and lastly, his specialty…SINGERS.

Aaron’s understanding of singers is quite unique. He guides singers towards a greater understanding of their instrument and the muscles that surround it through his specific series of exercises combined with Aaron’s own form of hands-on voice box and neck manipulation and massage.

When a doctor says the pills should have worked or surgery is not an option, advanced voice therapy and voice manipulation and rebalancing musculature works!

Click here for full details about our Spring Meeting.

Barbara Young

We are pleased to have Barbara Young, musical theatre teacher and adjudicator, at our NATS Ontario 2013 Spring Meeting. We’d love to have you join us this Saturday, May 4th to hear her thoughts on adjudicating musical theatre and for a masterclass.

Young, Barbara 1.1Barbara Young has been involved in Drama and Musical Theatre for over thirty five years as director, performer and teacher. An Honours Music graduate from the University of Western Ontario majoring in classical voice and piano, with postgraduate work in England, she has worked in most Canadian theatres – from the Arts Club in Vancouver to Confederation Theatre in Charlottetown.

Barbara spent 4 years directing and teaching at The Banff Centre and 8 years as Music Director of Huron County Playhouse, where she earned a Thea Award for Musical Direction.

Barbara founded music and music theatre programs at Etobicoke School of the Arts, Canada’s first publically funded arts school. She also founded or directed music theatre programs at the National Music Camp, St. Lawrence College and the Shakespeare School, Stratford Festival of Canada.

She has completed 17 seasons with the Stratford Festival as Music Consultant on the musicals (1996-2008), composer/arranger (Henry V 2001, To Kill a Mockingbird 2007) and teaching artist at the Shakespeare School and Shakespeare on Wheels (2001-present).

Barbara’s adjudication work includes the Toronto International Music Festival, Ovation Music Festivals, the provincials finals in Ontario and Alberta (Music Theatre and Speech Arts) as well as many local Ontario Festivals.

Barbara has recently taken on the challenge of conductor and Associate Music Director of the Stratford Symphony Orchestra.

Click here for all the details about our Spring Meeting.

2013 Spring Meeting and Professional Development Day

Dear NATS Ontario Members,

It’s that time of year again when we are looking forward to our spring meeting and professional development day on Saturday, May 4th. The poster below will give you details of the wonderful opportunities our vice-presidents of projects have arranged for us. We have our annual meeting in the morning, starting bright and early with muffins and coffee at 9:00 a.m and then at 9:30 the meeting begins. You will remember that we now have our annual meeting on the first Saturday of May every year, so I hope you have reserved the date long ago and cancelled your teaching for the day. By the way, our annual Student Auditions take place on the third Saturday of November every year, so go ahead and reserve that day right now: November 16th, 2013.

Following the meeting, as you’ll see, we have two exciting professional development opportunities with Aaron Low, speech and language pathologist and Barbara Young, musical theatre teacher and adjudicator. We are asking all members to forward the poster below to 10 friends, students, teachers, accompanists or coaches who might also enjoy and benefit from these events. The cost to non-members is just $10 for the entire day of professional training from 10:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. You can also send interested friends to visit our webpage at www.natsontario.org where all details can also be found.

We are very pleased to once again present music vendors Plangere and Music Plus over the lunch time.

Please PRINT the poster below and post it in your studios, churches, etc. Now get started and make a list of those 10 friends you can invite! One of the best things about NATS is that it’s so easy to recommend it to friends in the profession. The benefits are wonderful and never more so than when we are all together sharing our concerns and ideas and successes and learning together, as we surely will with these exciting workshops prepared for us by Elizabeth McDonald and Alison Moodie.

Click to download the Spring Meeting 2013 NATS poster:

NATS Spring Poster

This promises to be a most beneficial and interesting meeting! Do make your plans to join us, and spread the word!

With all best wishes,

Catherine Robbin
President, Ontario Chapter of NATS