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Opera & Musical Theatre in the 21st Century  

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Set in New York City, this collaborative event planned by NATS, the National Opera Association (NOA), and Opera America offers a schedule of sessions whose focus is on exciting trends in opera and musical theatre and the myriad ways in which tradition and innovation are converging in these art forms. Current Broadway composers and performers will coach young performers; opera directors will demonstrate successful techniques in working with advanced singers; a set designer will show how to employ projections in productions; and experienced teachers will cover skills in acting, contemporary singing technique, English diction, stage combat, and much more. 

Call for Master Class Singers

The theme of this Winter Workshop (an event planned by NATS and NOA along with the cooperation of OPERA America) is Opera and Musical Theatre in the 21st Century: Tradition and Innovation Converge.  There will be a number of sessions dealing with interpretive and technical skills involved in singing both opera and musical theatre repertoire.  Presenters will include Broadway star Victoria Clark and musical director Ted Sperling, composer Andrew Lippa, director and teacher Stephen Wadsworth, director Nicholas Muni, and NYC voice teacher Stephanie Samaras.

For the master classes, we are looking for: 

  • Undergraduates, graduate students, and emerging professionals
  • Students offering musical theatre repertoire
  • Singers offering operatic repertoire
  • Singers to take part in a master class devoted to English Diction, singing either classical or musical theatre repertoire
  • Classically trained singers (including a few older professionals) who have no experience singing contemporary styles of singing, including pop, but would like to work on these genres
  • Singer/pianist duos to present pieces by Kurt Weill
  • Specifically, a soprano and a mezzo-soprano to present pieces by Kurt Weill.

Special Considerations: 

  • Applicants must be available to sing at any time during the convention.  Those selected will be responsible for their own travel and housing expenses.
  • Student singers invited to sing in master class sessions must pay a $50 participation fee entitling them to attend all workshop sessions on the day of their participation…a significant reduction in the daily rate of attendance OR they can pay a $100 workshop registration fee and attend all sessions throughout the three-day convention.
  • Both NATS members and non-members desiring to perform on a master class must pay the single day rate or have registered for the full workshop.
  • A number of alternates will also be selected.  Alternates must also be available to sing at any time during the 4-day convention.  If an alternate is invited to sing, we will do our best to give him/her sufficient prior notice.  Alternates will not have to pay participation fees unless they are chosen to sing.

Applications Instructions:

  • Applications must be submitted via an email message containing a link to a current video (either YouTube or other video format) of the applicant performing appropriate repertoire, and with a current resume in Word or PDF format attached.  The applicant’s complete contact information (mailing address, email address, phone number) must be included. 
  • Applications should be sent to and received by midnight on November 1, 2013.  Additional information regarding the convention can be found at

We hope that both teachers and students will apply to participate in the master classes! 

Kathleen Arecchi, NATS VP for Workshop

Hotel Information

The Roosevelt Hotel, New York opened in 1924 at the height of the Jazz Age. The Roosevelt continues to impress guests in its prime location at Madison Avenue and 45th Street in midtown Manhattan - located just blocks from Times Square and the theatre district.

Special Attendee Room Rate: $179.00/night
(Toll Free Call 1-888-833-3969) Call the hotel directly at 212-661-9600 to make reservations and ask for NOA rate.

Featured Presenters

Lippa_75x70.pngAndrew Lippa is a renowned composer/lyricist whose awards include a Tony nomination, Grammy nomination, the Gilman/Gonzalez-Falla Theater Foundation Award and ASCAP’s Richard Rodgers/New Horizons Award. Lippa wrote the music and lyrics for the musical Big Fish that is currently running on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre. Other notable works include The Addams FamilyThe Farnsworth Invention and The Wild Party. Interview by Rick Walters.


Vicki-Clark_75x70.pngVictoria Clark maintains one of the most diverse performing careers of any artist living today, equally at home in plays, musicals, film, television, and the concert stage. Clark received a Tony Award for her performance in A Light in the Piazza. Clark studied acting with renowned acting teacher Michael Howard, his protégé, Rebecca Taylor, and continues her vocal training with Edward Sayegh. She has an active teaching career, helping many aspiring actors train their voices for Broadway roles. 

Sperling75x70.pngTed Sperling is one of today’s leading theater artists. He is a director, music director, arranger, orchestrator, conductor, singer, pianist and violinist. Sperling received the 2006 Ted Shen Family Foundation Award for leadership in the musical theater and is the Director of the Music Theater Initiative at the Public Theater. He won a Tony Award for orchestrations of A Light in the Piazza

LaBouff_75x70.pngKathryn LaBouff holds BM, MM, and DMA degrees in voice performance from the University of Michigan and an attendance certificate from the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia in Rome. LaBouff has taught English diction and English vocal literature at Juilliard School of Music since 1986, the Manhattan School of Music since 1984, and has coached productions at the Curtis Institute of Music since 1998. She is author of Singing and Communicating in English-A Singer’s Guide to English Diction

Samaras75x70.pngStephanie Samaras is a world-renowned lecturer on teaching pop singers. She has been a pioneer in applying healthy classical technique to the training of voices in the pop field. Samaras teaches both privately in New York City, at The CUNY-Doctoral program, and at Montclair State University. Her studio is constantly represented on and off Broadway, on national tours and on recordings.

Registration Rates

*Daily rates are for Thursday, Friday or Saturday.  If registrants wish to attend more than one day, they must purchase two days of registration. Online registration will close on Dec. 13, 2013. After this date, only on-site registration will be available.

^ Registration includes Thursday luncheon, Thursday Evening Opening Reception, Friday Evening “Golden Age of Broadway” Cabaret, and the Saturday Banquet. However, you MUST HAVE RESERVATIONS FOR A TICKET, or you can't attend. Please add these selections to your registration when completing the online registration process.

Refund & Cancellation Policy

Cancellation requests will be honored through December 1, 2013. The NATS Executive Office must be notified of your intention to cancel in writing at the following address: 9957 Moorings Drive, Suite 401, Jacksonville, FL  32257.  Notice may also be sent by fax to 904-262-2587. Cancellations are not accepted by phone or the Internet.  

All refunds are subject to an administrative fee of $25.00 USD. Refunds cannot be applied to subsequent workshops. Refund & Cancellation Deadline is December 1, 2013.


NATS Member - $475.00

Non-NATS Member - $555.00

Non-NATS Member/Spouse or guest of registrant - $255.00

Student (Non-NATS Member with valid student ID) - $250.00

Daily Rates:

NATS Member (daily) - $180.00

Non-NATS Member (daily) - $180.00

Spouse of registrant or student (daily-no meals) - $75.00