The National Association of Teachers of Singing holds workshops twice per year in non-conference years and once per year when a conference is scheduled. In 2014, NATS will hold its Winter Workshop in New York City as part of a collaborative event planned by NATS, the National Opera Association (NOA), and Opera America. The conference will be titled "Opera & Music Theatre In the 21st Century - Tradition and Innovation Converge." Click here to learn more about NATS Workshops.
The biannual NATS National Conference attracts NATS members and others from around the world to share in programs, demonstrations, lectures, master classes and competitions that help celebrate the art of singing and increase knowledge of teachers to help them better assist their students. The 53rd National Conference will be held July 5-9, 2014, at the Boston Marriott Copley Place, a luxurious 70,000-square-foot full-service hotel that recently completed a five-year renovation, making it a destination of choice in one of America’s most historic cities.
In 1994, National Association of Teachers of Singing, and dozens of other voice teacher associations, entered into a Joint Venture Agreement to facilitate (by providing marketing services and managing funds) a world-wide gathering of voice teachers for master classes and sessions, very similar to the NATS national conferences, but international in scope. Every four years, ICVT is held in one of the member countries. ICVT 2013 was held in Brisbane, Australia. Learn more about ICVT.
NATS supports many types of voice research. Researchers seek to survey the profession in a variety of ways. NATS is pleased to offer members, students of members, and selected partners the opportunity to list links to various surveys being conducted by researchers. Please do not contact the NATS office regarding information on these surveys. Instead, contact the principal investigator provided with each listing. Participate in a survey or submit a survey for NATS members.
NATS Discretionary Fund: NATS discretionary funds are intended to assist NATS chapters and regions in sponsoring master classes, lectures, recitals, workshops and other activities that enrich the professional life of students and teachers.
NATS Intern Program: The NATS Intern Program is an exciting and innovative venture that seeks to pair experienced and recognized master teachers of voice with talented young members of NATS. Within a format designed to promote the dynamic exchange of ideas and techniques, the goal is to improve substantially the studio teaching skills of these promising young teachers.
Emerging Leaders Awards: Designed to recognize and support NATS teachers with no more than ten years of teaching experience, this grant will help selected winners attend sessions, network with colleagues, and enjoy all the benefits available at the NATS Conference. Winners will receive up to $750 to pay for expenses for travel, housing, registration, food, and other related costs for attendance at the 53rd NATS National Conference in Boston, July 5-9, 2014.
Independent Teacher Fellowship: Designed to recognize and support independent teachers who do not hold full or part-time teaching positions in a college or university, this grant will help selected applicants attend sessions, network with colleagues, and enjoy all the benefits available at NATS National Conferences. Up to 14 fellowships will be awarded. Each award consists of a waiver of registration fees at the 53rd National Conference in Boston, July 5-9, 2014.
Van Lawrence Fellowship: The Fellowship winner will be provided with the opportunity to attend the annual Symposium on Care of the Professional Voice and visit laryngologists, speech pathologists, voice scientists, and research centers associated with The Voice Foundation during the fellowship year, with resulting research to be considered for expedited publication in the Journal of Voice or Journal of Singing.
Voice Pedagogy Award: The NATS Foundation awards one $500 gift annually to a candidate who is a member of NATS, for the purpose of study at a seminar or workshop on voice pedagogy and/or voice science.
Student Auditions: Each year NATS' chapters and regions host Student Adjudications (also referred to as Student Auditions), an exciting experience where singers perform and receive written feedback about their performances. At these events singers meet and hear other singers, NATS teachers get to know their colleagues better, and everyone has the chance to hear a variety of songs.
Student NATS (SNATS): The National Association of Teachers of Singing has fostered the formation of student chapters in order to advance knowledge about the Association and the professions of teaching and singing.