Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members in the United States, Canada, and over twenty-five other countries. NATS offers a variety of lifelong learning experiences to its members: workshops, intern programs, master classes, and conferences. Students of NATS members have access to one of the organization's most widely recognized activities: Student Auditions. They have the opportunity, along with members, to compete at a national level through National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards (NATSAA). In 2012, NATS will begin auditioning for the first National Musical Theater Competition (NMTC). Final Rounds for NATSAA and NMTC will take place at the NATS 52nd National Conference in Orlando. NATS supports the growth and enrichment of its members through the publication of Journal of Singing, a scholarly journal comprised of articles, written by distinguished experts, on all aspects of singing and the teaching of singing.