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Soprano Kari Ragan holds degrees from Indiana University (BM, MM) and the University of Washington (DMA) where she received the prestigious Williams and Beech Scholarships. Dr. Ragan was the 2009 recipient of the NATS Pedagogy Award, and as a Singing Voice Specialist (SVS) was selected to participate in a panel on voice disorders at the NATS 2010 National Conference. Most recently, Dr. Ragan was awarded NYSTA's Distinguished Voice Professional Certificate.
Dr. Ragan has developed and maintained a thriving and collaborative independent voice studio for nearly twenty-five years. Her interest in voice science, vocal pedagogy and the interdisciplinary aspect of teaching grew exponentially after becoming a NATS member. Although her primary training, performing and teaching is in the classical genre, she has additionally specialized in the pedagogy of Contemporary Music Theatre (CMT).
NATS Chats were established in 1996 by NATS member Cynthia Vaughn who created a NATS message board in the early days of America Online. In 1998, NATS Chats moved to the new NATS website designed by Yvonne Dechance. NATS presence on the Internet continued in 2006 with a redesigned website. For its tenth anniversary, Matt Hoch of Shorter College became NATS Chat coordinator and host.
"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