2012 NATSAA Winners:
Andrew Garland - 1st place; Laura Choi Stuart - 2nd place; Laura Strickling - 3rd place; Hope Fairchild Thacker - 4th place; Jennifer Paulino - 5th place; Wei Zhang - 6th place
NATS Artists Award
The biennial NATS Artist Award (NATSAA) competition is designed to assist singers prepared to launch a professional career and, to that end, substantial monetary and performance prizes are offered. The competition takes place every other year, in conjunction with NATS National Conferences. Preliminary competitions are held regionally, and semifinals/finals take place at the NATS National Conference. Details about the upcoming NATSAA Competition schedule are listed below. For policies, procedures, and eligibility guidelines, please download the 2012 NATSAA Rules and Regulations + Repertoire Requirements.
"Throughout its history, the purpose of this [NATSAA] competition has been to select, through a series of elimination rounds on the district, regional, and national levels, singers whose artistry indicates that they are ready for a professional career and to encourage them toward that goal with a cash prize and the opportunity for performance engagements." —Edward Baird, President of NATS, 1985-1987
Important Dates for NATSAA 2014
Preliminary Auditions: February - April, 2014.
National Semifinals and Finals: Boston, MA at the 53rd NATS National Conference - July 5th - July 9th, 2014. Semifinals and Finals dates will be announced at a later date.
The application deadine is November 15, 2013.
NATSAA Application Process
ALL NATSAA 2014 INFORMATION AND APPLICATIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THE SUMMER OF 2013
NATS Policy on Copyright Laws
The National Association of Teachers of Singing endorses a strict policy regarding copyright laws. The use of photocopied music is prohibited at all NATS sponsored events, from the national to the chapter level.
1. Music that is out of print, still under copyright law, with permission from a publisher.
2. Sheet music or books for which the copyright has expired, but available in CD format. (e.g., CD Sheet Music). Performers must be prepared to present proof of ownership upon request.
3. Sheet music purchased legally from an online vendor. Such music should have either a separate page proving the performer has purchased such or a copyright notice at the bottom of the music that includes the performer's name. Performers must be prepared to present proof of ownership upon request.
4. Music available from approved public domain websites. Performers should take particular care when accessing these sites as some do not guarantee that all works are indeed in the public domain. Current approved online public domain sites are:
42nd NATSAA Competition for Singers Sponsor of the Winner's New York Solo Recital Debut
"It's an exciting time to be a NATS member. While other professional associations are cutting back on member services for voice teachers, NATS keeps adding benefits and partnerships for members and students. I'm excited about the new music theater competition, the Orlando conference, and the partnership with Carnegie Hall - The Achievement Program - to mention a few. To borrow Joan Boytim'a phrase, I'm more 'nuts about NATS' than ever!" -Cynthia Vaughn, proud NATS member since 1984