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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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!


2013 Voice Pedagogy Award Winner – Shannon Coates

Congratulations to NATS Ontario Member, Shannon Coates on being awarded the 2013 Voice Pedagogy Award by the NATS Foundation.

The Voice Pedagogy Award is given to just one NATS member annually for the purpose of study at a seminar or workshop on voice pedagogy and/or voice science.

Shannon will use the Voice Pedagogy Award to help defray the cost of attending the prestigious International Congress of Voice Teachers, convening in Brisbane Australia this year, where she will present her academic research.

NATS Foundation

Fall 2012

Dear NATS Colleagues:

As Great Lakes Liaison Member for the NATS Foundation, I am writing this to ask that you consider making a contribution to the Foundation which is active in a variety of different areas such as funding numerous programs that assist both NATS members and students of singing as well as projects that benefit the singing arts.

Some of these areas include:

NATSAA Competition – Third through 13th contestants, which includes the semifinalists, are given a cash prize.

NATS Intern Program
Co-sponsor of The Van Lawrence Award given to an applicant with an outstanding research proposal.

Student NATS Chapters.

Young Leaders Award which is co-sponsored by NATS and the NATS Foundation.

The Vocal Pedagogy Award – enables a NATS member to study at a seminar or workshop on voice science or pedagogy.

CIRCLE OF FRIENDS donations go for ongoing support of the NATS Foundation.
We encourage you to make a contribution which can be designed for a specific fund or award.
Any gift of $100.00 or over will automatically enroll you as a member of the Foundation’s Circle of Friends.

If you would like to support the NATS Foundation in this way, please make your contribution payable to the NATS Foundation and send it to:

Brian Horne
Assoc. Professor of Voice and Pedagogy
Indiana Univ. Jacobs School of Music
President, NATS Foundation
4307 E. Whitley Dr.
Bloomington, Indiana 47401-8645

If any questions write him at:
Thank you very much.

Norma Codispoti – NATS Foundation – Great Lakes Liaison Member

SongFest Mentor Program Scholarship Opportunity for NATS Members

National Association of Teachers of Singing is pleased to announce a new partnership with SongFest 2012.  SongFest has established a Mentor Program especially designed for voice teachers and coaches and is offering two full-tuition scholarships to NATS members (valued at $850, room and board not included) to attend SongFest 2012 “Breaking the Song Barrier.”

SongFest Mentor Program participants will enjoy the opening reception, attend specific performing classes, observe all master classes, optionally sing/play in two master classes, and learn from a selected faculty member in a private lesson/coaching session. The faculty members scheduled to participate at SongFest 2012 include William Bolcom, Amy Burton, Melanie Emelio, D’Anna Fortunato, Margo Garrett, Jake Heggie, Martin Katz, Libby Larsen, John Musto, Rosemary Hyler Ritter,  Lisa Saffer, William Sharp, Liza Stepanova, Jennifer Tung, Roger Vignoles, Lucas Wong, and Frances Young.

“NATS continues to expand its membership benefits, and this SongFest scholarship is yet another way for you to find value in your association with NATS,” says Allen Henderson, Executive Director.

SongFest takes place on June 5-28 at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. We invite you to go to the website for more information.

The deadline for NATS members to apply for a SongFest Mentor Program scholarship is Wednesday, March 30, 2012. Interested NATS members should download the Mentor Program informational flyer. Applications are being accepted on YAP Tracker (or download the paper application). Applicants should mark in the “comments” section that they are applying for the NATS scholarship. There is no need to audition live, two audio recordings should be submitted with the application.  SongFest and NATS will choose two NATS members to attend one or both Mentor sessions: Session I: June 6-17, Session II: June 17-28.

Founded in 1996 by Rosemary Hyler Ritter, SongFest is a unique program that focuses on the art of song.  Participants from all over the world, ranging in age from high school students to working professionals, gather each summer at Pepperdine University for an intense program to learn from experts in the field of classical art song.

Emerging Leaders Award

The deadline for the Emerging Leaders Award has been extended.

This grant available to young teachers of singing covers up to $750 of expenses for the NATS National Conference in Orlando this summer (June 29-July 3, 2012).

Designed to recognize and support NATS teachers with no more than ten years of teaching experience, this grant will help selected winners attend sessions, network with colleagues, and enjoy all the benefits available at the NATS Conference.

Click here for all the details at the website.

2011 Fall Meeting & Auditions Information

Hello Fellow Voice Teachers,

I hope you are all settling in to your fall routines and looking forward to a great year of teaching.

This fall the Ontario Chapter Auditions are going “ONLINE”.  Applications will all be done on the: website.

This will be a learning curve for everyone, so please take time to check out the website and familiarize yourself with it before the application due date.
The executive has decided to go with this program as the software will schedule the applicants, Adjudicators & Pianists speedily and efficiently.

Also, as per an almost unanimous show of hands at the Spring Meeting we will be having our Fall Meeting the night before the Auditions in conjunction with dinner and a speaker.

Here is the information you need to know:


Monte Carlo Inns Vaughan Suites

Friday November 18th, 2011.
5:00 drinks, 6:00 Meeting, Dinner and Guest Speaker: TOM DIAMOND: “Acting the Song”
Please snail mail $50 fee to LINDA CONDY – 220 Waratah Ave, Newmarket, ON, L3Y 5J7 to insure your seat

Room rates for all NATS members and students are available — Reservations may be made online through the hotel’s website or by calling 905-761-7170 or Toll Free 1-866-664-9500.
Please use GROUP CODE #138748 & PIN # 111811


York University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Accolade East Building, 2nd floor
Click here for directions.

Saturday November 19th, 2001.
8:00am Registration Desk opens
9:00am Official Accompanist rehearsals begin
10:00am Adjudicator’s Information Meeting
11:00am Auditions Commence
5:30 Final Concert in the Tribute Communities Hall, Accolade East Building, 1st Floor.

Application Due Date: Friday October 21st

Application Website

Login Instructions – these are printed on the 1st screen.

If you have not logged into this website before, you’ll need to click on the phrase, “Forgot Password?” Otherwise, enter your “Email” address and “Password” and click on the “Login” button.

On the Forgot Password screen, enter your “Email” address and click on the “Send” button. An email will be sent to you with your new password. If no password is sent to you within a few minutes, please click on the “Request New Login” phrase on this page and enter the appropriate information on the form. A new user account will be created for you

Once you are logged in, follow the directions on the Home Page to create your Profile, and register your students.

Please feel free to email me with any questions you may have, and I will do my best to answer you as promptly as I can. Look for the FAQ’s on the website.


Other Possible FAQ’s:

Can a student self-register?
No, this is a member’s only website.

Can I pay by cheque instead of PAYPAL?

YES! Please mail cheques post-dated by October 21st to:

220 Waratah AVE.
Newmarket, Ont.
L3Y 5J7
cheques made payable to “NATS AUDITIONS”

I don’t have a PAYPAL account.
Go to the auditions page on the Chapter website for information as to how to apply for one.

Can I offer to Adjudicate only in the afternoon?
No, the computer cannot take into account teacher’s schedules, you must be free to adjudicate all day, or pay the Non-participation fee.

Can my students from out of town use the NATS group hotel discount at the Monte Carlo?