The biennial NATS Artist Awards (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.
"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
Application deadline: Jan.13, 2016
Preliminary Auditions: March-April 2016
National Semifinals and Finals: Chicago at the 54th NATS National Conference - July 7-8, 2016
2016 Regional Locations:
REGIONAL AUDITIONS – March 26, 2016 – Phoenix, Arizona
Location: Christ the Lord Lutheran Church, 9205 E. Cave Creek Rd, Carefree, AZ 85377
Contact: Cindy Dewey, firstname.lastname@example.org
REGIONAL AUDITIONS – March 11-12, 2016 - Wheaton, Illinois
Location: Wheaton College, 501 College Ave, Wheaton, IL 60187
Contact: Karen Brunssen, email@example.com
REGIONAL AUDITIONS – March 11-13, 2016 – Montclair, New Jersey
Location: Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ 07043
Contact: Lori McCann, firstname.lastname@example.org
REGIONAL AUDITIONS – April 2, 2016 – Detroit, Michigan
Location: Oakland University, 2200 N Squirrel Rd, Rochester, MI 48309
Contact: Brian Horne, email@example.com
REGIONAL AUDITIONS – April 16-17, 2016 – Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Location: University of Calgary, Rosza Center
Contact: Kimberly James, firstname.lastname@example.org
REGIONAL AUDITIONS – March 17-18, 2016 – Charleston, South Carolina
Location: College of Charleston, 66 George St, Charleston, SC 29424
Contact: Barbara Ann Peters, email@example.com
REGIONAL AUDITIONS – March 31-April 1, 2016 – Knoxville, Tennessee
Location: University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996
Contact: Angela Holder, firstname.lastname@example.org
REGIONAL AUDITIONS – April 3, 2016 – Danbury, Connecticut
Location: Visual and Performing Arts Center, Veronica Hagman Concert Hall, Westside Campus, 43 Lake Avenue Ext., Danbury, CT, 06811
Contact: Richard Weidlich, email@example.com
REGIONAL AUDITIONS – March 18-19, 2016 – Northfield, Minnesota
Location: St. Olaf College, 1520 St Olaf Ave, Northfield, MN 55057
Contact: Alison J. Feldt, firstname.lastname@example.org
REGIONAL AUDITIONS – March 5, 2016 - Seattle, Washington
Location: Seattle Airport Marriott, 3201 S 176th St, Seattle, WA 98188
Contact: Nancy Bos, email@example.com
REGIONAL AUDITIONS – March 17-18, 2016 – DeLand, Florida
Location: H. Douglas Lee Chapel at Stetson University, 421 N Woodland Blvd, DeLand, FL 32724
Contact: Melanie B. Williams, firstname.lastname@example.org
REGIONAL AUDITIONS – March 11-12, 2016 – Monroe, Louisiana
Location: University of Louisiana at Monroe, 700 University Ave, Monroe, LA 71209
Contact: Jon Secrest, email@example.com
REGIONAL AUDITIONS – March 11-12, 2016 – Fort Worth, Texas
Location: Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2001 W Seminary Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76115
Contact: Jason Lester, firstname.lastname@example.org
REGIONAL AUDITIONS – April 2, 2016 – Hays, Kansas
Location: Fort Hays State University, 600 Park St, Hays, KS 67601
Contact: Reginald Pittman, email@example.com
National Semifinals and Finals: Chicago - July 7-8, 2016
Note: Performers in NATS-sponsored auditions, competitions, recitals, and other activities such as workshops, shall perform from lawful editions and shall support and obey the law relative to copyright and the NATS Copyright Policy.
ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ELECTRONICALLY
If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the NATS Executive Office at 904-992-9101 or . The completed application, including payment of the fee of $75 U.S. by credit card must be submitted online through the NATS website no later than January 13, 2016. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered.
1.Online applications must include:
a.payment of the non-refundable entry fee of $75.00 in U.S. funds via credit card (Visa or MasterCard). No refunds will be given.
b.Applicants MUST provide proof of legal age at the regional audition site. This proof must be provided in the form of an original, government-issued document such as a valid driver’s license, and the applicant must provide a copy of this documentation which will be retained by the Association until the completion of the NATSAA competition. Failure to bring both the original and the copy of this documentation will result in disqualification. (COPY CANNOT BE RETURNED)
c.the NATS member number AND Email address of the applicant or the sponsoring NATS teacher
d.complete entries for all repertoire, including:
1) TITLE and LANGUAGE of each selection
2) COMPOSER of each selection
3) KEY of each selection
4) ACCURATE TIMING (duration) of each selection
5) COMPOSER birth and death dates
2. Completion and submission of the application is followed by Preliminary Auditions
Applicants must compete in the regional audition of their legal residence or where they are currently studying singing.
All questions specific to the rules and regulations, or about repertoire and requirements, should be directed to Carole Blankenship, NATSAA Vice President, .
The repertoire list need not be thought of as comprising a complete recital program. The contestants and their teachers might want to consider, however, that national finalists will, in fact, present a fifteen minute program of their choosing from the submitted repertoire.
a.An aria from an opera to be sung in the original language and key.
b.An aria from a major oratorio, mass, requiem, or cantata to be sung in the original key.
c.Twelve (12) additional recital selections divided into four groups. The number of pieces in each group may vary but must total 12 in all, and each group except the English set must have at least two selections therein. Special note - At least one art song composed in or after 1950 (not an arrangement of a folk song) must be included in Group II, III, or IV. The song(s) must be identified and the date of composition given.
I.Songs or arias composed before 1800. No more than two arias may be included in this group.
II.German Lieder or French Mélodies.
III.A second group of National Art Songs consisting of any languages that are not presented in Sections II and IV.
IV.American, Canadian, or British Art Songs. Art songs with English as the original language. A minimum of three songs must be included in this group.
Applicants may secure the date and location of regional auditions from their teachers, district or regional governors, and the NATS web page.
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.
NATS greatly appreciates the efforts of AIMS, DCINY, Hal Leonard Corporation, the NATS Foundation and the Franco-American Vocal Academy for providing prizes for the NATS Artist Awards Competition.