In 2014, the National Association of Teachers of Singing will celebrate 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. These events are held biannually in conjunction with the NATS National Conference, which will be held this year from July 5-9 in Boston. Click the links below for complete information about each competition or to begin the application process.
How It Works: The NATSAA competition takes place every other year in conjunction with the NATS National Conference and is open only to NATS members and students of NATS members. Preliminary competitions are held at the district and then regional levels, with one winner emerging from each of the 14 NATS regions, in addition to an at-large entrant. The 15 semifinalists then gather at the site of the NATS national conference for the final two rounds of the competition.
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.
Competition Dates: Preliminary regional rounds of the competition are scheduled for winter and spring 2014, with the national semifinals and finals scheduled for July 4-5, 2014, as part of the 53rd NATS National Conference in Boston.
Deadline to Apply: Nov. 15, 2013
How It Works: NATS offers a cash award, plus a performance of the winning composition at next scheduled NATS National 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.
Entry Fee: $50 for each entry
Prizes: The winner is awarded $2,000 plus expenses to the NATS National Conference in Boston, July 5-9, 2014; the runner-up is awarded $1,000.
Competition Dates: Submission deadline for online applications is Dec. 1, 2013, with judging to take place in early 2014.
Deadline to Apply: Dec. 1, 2013
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 March 1, 2014. The preliminary rounds of the competition take place in New York City, Chicago, or Los Angeles in May 2014. An online video submission round is also available for participants who cannot travel to the live audition sites. Approximately 24 singers advance to the semifinal and final rounds – to be held during the NATS National Conference in Boston, July 4-5, 2014.
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 May 2014, with the national semifinals and finals scheduled for July 5-6, 2014, as part of the 53rd NATS National Conference in Boston.
Deadline to Apply: March 10, 2014
How It Works: The long-standing tradition of regional NATS Student Auditions will now offer the opportunity for the top performers in each region to compete against other top artists from around the country. Students of NATS members will begin by performing during their regional auditions. Three singers from each regional category will advance to a national online screening round, where entrants will submit a video of their performances for judging by a national committee. The committee will then select a maximum of 14 singers from each of the 12 categories who will advance to the Semi-final round where 3 singers from each category will be selected to compete in the Final round. The national semifinal and final rounds will be held during the NATS National Conference in Boston, July 6-7, 2014.
Entry Fee: $75
Prizes: 1st prizes will total $20,000, while second prizes will total $10,000.
Competition Dates: Online national screening begins in April 2014, with the national semifinals and finals scheduled for July 6-7, 2014, as part of the 53rd NATS National Conference in Boston.
Deadline to Apply: April 23, 2014 (applications by invitation following regional auditions)