The National Association of Teachers of Singing celebrates the art of singing through a series of competitions and programs that are designed to showcase the talented singers and performers who are soon to be rising stars in the profession. Events are held annually or biennially, some in conjunction with the NATS National Conference and others in conjunction with the NATS Summer or Winter Workshops. Click the links below for complete information about each competition or to begin the application process.
How It Works: The long-standing tradition of regional NATS Student Auditions now offers the opportunity for the top performers in each region to compete with other top artists from around the country. Students of NATS members will begin by performing during their regional auditions. Five singers from each regional category will advance to a national online screening round, where entrants will submit a video of their performances for adjudication by a panel of national judges. Fourteen singers from each of the 14 categories (plus the Hall Johnson Spirituals Competition during conference years) will advance to the semifinal round where three singers from each category will be selected to compete in the final round. The national semifinal and final rounds will be held in conjunction with the 2017 NATS Summer Workshop - July 20-21 in Boulder, CO.
Entry Fee: $75 per category
Prizes: Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will total at least $35,000.
Competition Dates: Online national screening begins in April 2017, with the national semifinals and finals scheduled as part of the 2017 NATS Summer Workshop - July 20-21 at the University of Colorado - Boulder.
Deadline to Apply: April 23, 2017 (applications by emailed invitation only following regional auditions)
How It Works: The NATSAA competition takes place every other year in conjunction with the NATS Winter Workshop and is open only to NATS members and students of NATS members. Preliminary competitions are held at the regional level, with one winner emerging from each of the 14 NATS regions. The 14 semifinalists then gather at the site of the NATS Winter Workshop (January 5-7, 2018 in New York City) for the final two rounds of the competition. The winner will then perform at the 55th NATS National Conference to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 22-26, 2018.
Entry Fee: $75
Prizes: The winner is awarded more than $13,000 in cash and prizes; the runner-up is awarded more than $6,000 in cash and prizes. Various other prizes and awards are given to participants in the competition.
Competition Dates: Preliminary regional rounds of the competition are scheduled for fall 2017, with the national semifinals and finals scheduled as part of the 2018 NATS Winter Workshop - January 5-7 in New York City.
Deadline to Apply: Sept. 5, 2017 (Application portal will open in late fall 2016)
How It Works: The competition is open to any composer whose submitted work meets the prescribed requirements and who pays the competition entry fee. The composer of the winning song cycle, group of songs, or extended song cycle will receive a cash award and a performance of the winning composition at the next scheduled NATS National Conference.
Entry Fee: Each entry is $30 for professionals; $15 for full-time students
Prizes: The winner is awarded $2,000 plus expenses to the NATS National Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 22-26, 2018; the runner-up is awarded $1,000. Cash prizes are generously sponsored by American composer Lori Laitman.
Competition Dates: Submission deadline for online applications is Dec. 1, 2016, with judging to take place in early 2017.
Deadline to Apply: Dec. 1, 2016 (Application portal will open in late fall 2016)
How It Works: The National Music Theater Competition is seeking the best emerging music theater soloists, those who just need that one break to move their careers forward. To be eligible, applicants must be between ages 20-28 as of the application deadline date. Preliminary rounds of the competition are scheduled to take place in fall 2017. Approximately 24 singers advance to the semifinal and final rounds – to be held during the NATS 2018 Winter Workshop - January 5-7 in New York City.
Entry Fee: $90 (or $75 for students of NATS members).
Prizes: The winner is awarded more than $5,000 in prizes in addition to a concert at the next NATS National Conference; second prize is awarded more than $2,500; third prize is $1,000.
Competition Dates: Preliminary rounds of the competition are scheduled for fall 2017, with the national semifinals and finals scheduled as part of the 2018 NATS Winter Workshop - January 5-7 in New York City.
Deadline to Apply: Fall 2017 (Application portal to open in winter 2016)