NEW - Now an annual award!
NATS offers a cash award, plus a performance of the winning composition at a NATS Conference, to the composer of the winning song cycle, group of songs, or extended single song. Competition is open to any composer whose submitted work meets the prescribed requirements, and who pays the competition entry fee.
"The purpose of the Art Song Composition Award [formerly the Vocal Composition Award] program... is to stimulate the creation of quality vocal literature through the cooperation of singer and composer."
—Carol Mikkelsen, NATS Art Song Composition Award Coordinator
The work must be:
Cash prizes generously sponsored by American composer Lori Laitman:
Each entry is $30 for professionals; $15 for full-time students (payable in U.S. funds to NATS).
Entries must be received through the NATS online portal no later than Dec. 1, 2016.
All applications for the Art Song Composition Award are submitted electronically.
The following are required material for entry:
If you have any questions, contact Dr. Carol Mikkelsen at .
David Conte for American Death Ballads
I. Wicked Polly
II. The Uniquet Grave
III. the Dying Californian
IV. Captain Kidd
Robert Patterson for American Pierrot: A Langston Hughes Songbook
Performed July 7, 2014 at the National Association of Teachers of Singing National Conference in Boston. Sung by Robert Wells, Allen Henderson and Tod Fitzpatrick, with collaborative pianist Michelle Beaton.
Melissa Dunphy for Tesla's Pigeon
A performance of the winning piece of the 2012 NATS Art Song Composition Award, "Tesla's Pigeon" by Melissa Dunphy, performed by Collen Gray, soprano, and Nanette Solomon, piano. View the text on the official Tesla's Pigeon website.
David Sisco for Missed Connections (Text from Craigslist.com)
Please enjoy the performance of the winning composition of the 2010 Art Song Composition Award, with an introduction of the winning composer, David Sisco, by Carol Mikkelson. Missed Connections is performed by Elizabeth Mondragon and accompanied by Dr. Andrew Adams. You may view this video at http://youtu.be/loyND9gzvG0.