Demystifying Contemporary Musical Theatre Techniques
with Mary Saunders Barton on Saturday, May 7, 2022

MarySaundersBarton_x-smallMary Saunders Barton is a Penn State Professor Emeritus, currently residing in Princeton, NJ, where she maintains a private professional voice studio. She is an adjunct professor in the musical theatre program at Montclair State University. While at Penn State, Mary created an MFA in Musical Theatre Voice Pedagogy with colleague Norman Spivey to meet the growing demand for teachers who specialize in vernacular singing techniques. In this and recent seasons, her students have been seen on Broadway in The Book of Mormon, Miss Saigon, Newsies, Beautiful, Chicago, Kinky Boots, Mamma Mia!, School of Rock, Wicked, Bandstand, Beetlejuice, Ain’t Too Proud, Kinky Boots, My Fair Lady, Paradise Square, The Music Man, and Moulin Rouge, among others, and in many tours and regional productions.

Mary is frequently invited to present workshops and master classes in the U.S. and abroad. She has produced two video tutorials, “BelCanto/ Can Belto: Teaching Women to Sing Musical Theatre” and “What about the Boys?” and is co-author of the book “Cross-Training in the Voice Studio: A Balancing Act” with Penn State colleague Norman Spivey. She is a contributing author of the NATS publication, “So You Want to Sing CCM: A Guide for Performers,” and of a number of other pedagogical resources. Mary is a 2018 recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy Institute at Shenandoah University. She is chair of the American Academy of Teachers of Singing. More about Mary at

This presentation will be divided into three sessions:

  • Lecture: 30 Minutes
  • Masterclass: 120 Minutes
  • Q&A: 30 Minutes


This event will be hosted via ZOOM. You will be sent the meeting code after registration.

9:45 a.m. Zoom Room Opens
10:00 a.m. NATS Ontario Annual General Meeting
11:30 a.m. Lunch Break (Zoom Room remains open for socializing)
12:30 p.m. Keynote Presentation
1:00 p.m. Masterclass
3:00 p.m. Q&A session
3:30 p.m. Break-Out Rooms and Social Hour

Fee Structure and Registration


Not available on Saturday, May 7? No problem! Register to attend the event and then watch the private recording later at your convenience for up to 7 days after the event.


The NATS Ontario Chapter is pleased to announce that they will be providing bursaries for up to four (4) Ontario Student/SNATS members and two (2) NATS Ontario members (full, emeritus, associate, affiliate) to attend and cover the full fee of the May Professional Development Day – May 7, 2022. All applications are confidential and information provided will only be used for assessment by the bursary committee. For assistance, please email Applications have now closed.