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 natsauditions.com!

NOTE: Registration Closes Friday, 14th October.

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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!

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! NATS Ontario is looking forward to many events this year including the National Conference in Boston in July as well as our own Spring Meeting in Toronto in May. Visit the website often for more information as it become available.

In order to take advantage of all the fabulous events, don’t forget to pay your membership dues – the deadline is February 1, 2014. For more information on the National Conference, to register and to pay your dues, please visit www.nats.org

NATS Great Lakes Region Update

The first newsletter from the NATS Great Lakes Region is now available.  Please click here to download the PDF. The newsletter contains the dates for the Great Lakes Region NATSAA auditions (January and February, 2012) as well as updates on Great Lakes Region NATS programs.

Also available are the 2011 Regional NATS Results. Please click here to download the PDF.

$500 Raised for the NATS Ontario Scholarship Fund!

Two of our members, Michelyn Wright and Linda Condy, gave “Another Voice Recital” in May.

Here are photo highlights from their evening:


Poor Little Pierrette (The Boyfriend)


What is This Feeling (Wicked)


Art Is Calling For Me (The Enchantress)

Ticket sales for the recital raised $500 for our NATS Ontario Scholarship Fund.

For those unfortunate folks among you that missed it, or for those of you who can’t wait for an encore, ‘Another Voice Recital… The Sequel’ will take place on Friday, February 3rd, 2012, at 7:30pm, at the Aurora Cultural Centre.

Ontario Chapter General Meeting & Workshops: May 7, 2011

Dear Colleagues and fellow NATS members,

I am happy to announce that our spring general meeting will be held on Saturday, May 7th at the Edward Johnson Building (room 330), University of Toronto at 9:30a.m. After adjournment a wonderful day of professional development has been planned by our vice-presidents for workshops, Todd Wieczorek and Alison Moodie.

For the morning, we will have a Vocal Seminar/Discussion–What we hear: describing vocal sound. This professional development session will invite teachers to listen to various recorded voices, evaluate what is heard, discuss what goes into making the sound, and how to work with it. Samples will demonstrate beginning to professionally-trained voices in a session led by our very own Ontario District Governor, Torin Chiles.

We are fortunate to have Elaine Overholt as our afternoon presenter from 1:00 to 2:30p.m.. Ms. Overholt is Canadian and is well-known as a voice teacher, vocal coach and producer throughout North America, specializing in contemporary vocal techniques. Originally trained in classical piano and classical voice at the University of Western Ontario, she has since built her career and specialized in performing and coaching contemporary styles including gospel, music theatre and rock. As a performer Ms. Overholt has worked with such well known performers as Ray Charles, Tina Turner, Richard Margison, Anne Murray and Dionne Warwick.
Elaine was the voice coach for the cast of the Hollywood movies and the Broadway shows of “Hairspray” (John Travolta et al) and “Chicago” (Renee Zellweger,Queen Latifah, Richard Gere). She has been a guest voice coach for Ellen on the Ellen Degeneres Show. Many of us also remember Elaine, working with Andrew Lloyd Weber, as the voice coach for the Canadian TV show “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria” participants. Virgin, Universal, Capitol and Sony record labels send recording artists to Elaine Overholt for coaching to help them protect their voices, develop stamina and individual style.

Elaine will be giving a 1 1/2 hour presentation/masterclass to our NATS members on how she teaches contemporary singing styles, mainly music theatre, to classically trained singers.

I hope that most of you will be able to attend this wonderful day of learning and fellowship with our chapter members. On this occasion, we’d also like to invite guests to attend the Overholt workshop for a small fee. So please invite and encourage other teachers or students or any interested parties to come along to the afternoon workshop.

I’m really looking forward to seeing you all in May and to these great professional development opportunities. Mark the date, Saturday, May 7th, on your calendars now!

With all best wishes,
Catherine Robbin
President of NATS Ontario Chapter

November 2010 Ontario Chapter Student Auditions

This year’s 2010 NATS Ontario Chapter Student Auditions will be held at the Don Wright Faculty of Music, The University of Western Ontario, on Saturday, November 20th.

The General Meeting will be held before the Auditions begin. All NATS members are welcome to attend the meeting. Participating students along with parents and friends may sit in during the Auditions.

For application forms & more information, visit our Auditions page.  Please note that applications must be postmarked on or before October 1, 2010.

Our popular Workshop, Making the Cut, will also be held on this day.  Making the Cut is a workshop for students who plan to audition for post-secondary music programs Every two years, NATS Ontario presents this popular workshop for students as well as their parents and teachers. A panel of representatives from most of the university, college and conservatory music programs in Ontario speak about their programs and expectations of singers who audition for them, as well as the level of preparation needed. They also answer questions.