Schedule of Events
2015 NATS Winter Workshop

January 8-10, 2015 - Palm Beach Atlantic University - West Palm Beach, Florida
*Schedule subject to change

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*Molly’s Trolley transport runs between Hawthorne Suites Hotel and Palm Beach Atlantic University are made prior to the first session each day and following the final session each day only. 


9 am to 4 pm - Registration

10 am to Noon - Kenneth Bozeman, The Vocal Acoustic Landscape. 

This session will introduce the basics of source harmonics, vocal tract formants, and the formant/harmonic interactions (open and close timbre; yell and whoop coupling; turning over) that occur across range. These interactions will be illustrated the using the Madde Voice synthesizer, instructor demonstrations, and group explorations. 

Noon to 1:30 pm - Lunch

1:30 pm to 3:30 pm - Marina Gilman, Body and Breathing: An overview of the somatic interrelationships of respiration for singing.

This mostly didactic session is divided into 2 parts. It will begin with a brief review of the anatomy and physiology of breathing as it relates to singing. The second section will begin to integrate the anatomical and physiological information into an approach to breathing as seen from the standpoint of the singing teacher.  

3:30 pm to 4 pm - Break

4 pm to 5:30 pm - Honoring Tradition… The Teaching Legacy of Bel Canto Technique: Virginia Zeani to Marilyn Mims to Virginia Mims

Renowned, international soprano Virginia Zeani, her former student Marilyn Mims, and Marilyn's student (and daughter) Virginia Mims will demonstrate how the bel canto singing technique has been transmitted from teacher to student through several generations. Local Workshop Coordinator Lloyd Mims will moderate an open conversation between teachers, singers, and workshop participants as Virginia Zeani describes what she learned from her own teachers that she then successfully transmitted to her many students at Indiana University over a teaching career that spanned more than 20 years.

Evening - Free (See Activity Options)  



8:30 am to 4 pm - Registration               

9 am to 11 am -  Marina Gilman, Body and Breathing: Defining somatic education learning to see.

This session, both didactic and interactive, will begin with a discussion of basic principles of somatic education and will then  proceed to identification of common somatic roadblocks to breathing and  recognition of the subtle cues our students provide when they are not able to coordinate breathing effectively.    

11 am to 11:30 am - Break

11:30 am to 1:30 pm - Kenneth Bozeman, Male Passaggio Training.  

This session will explore all of the acoustic events of the male zona di passaggio and demonstrate effective pedagogic strategies for training males through this transition area. 

1:30 pm to 2:30 pm - Lunch

2:30 pm to 4:30 pm -  Marina Gilman, Body and Breathing: I see how my student is interfering with their breathing but NOW WHAT?    

This interactive session will teach some of the lessons I have found to be useful in the studio to help redraw the students’ somatic map.  Lessons revolve around releasing the breath and balance.    

4:30 pm to 4:45 pm - Break

4:45 pm to 6 pm -  Nick Herman, The Cruise Ship Scene I    

An introduction to building careers in the modern cruise ship industry, including  just what these gigs require today, how to prepare live or video auditions, current pop practice in diction and articulation, singing in pop styles without experiencing vocal fatigue, and working with a click track as opposed to a live orchestra.    

6 pm to 6:15 pm - Break

6:15 pm to 7:30 pm -  Nick Herman, The Cruise Ship Scene II    

A master class in preparing audition repertory,  plus a group experience in singing through excerpts of typical cruise ship show repertory in a variety of music styles.  

Evening - Free (See Activity Options 



8:30 am to 2:30 pm - Registration

9 am to 11 am -  Kenneth Bozeman, Female Acoustic Strategy

This session will clearly demonstrate the acoustic similarities and differences between training male and female (or treble) voices.  Resonance strategies for the female middle voice and upper voice by vowel will be explored and effective strategies for using acoustic pedagogy to meet the challenges of range development will be demonstrated.

11 am to 11:30 am - Break

11:30 am to 1 pm - Ann Baltz, Creativity in Performance I.  

An interactive workshop focusing on specific skills to center mind and body and to remove “blocks” that stand in the way of giving committed, impassioned and courageous performances.

1 pm to 2:30 pm - Lunch

2:30 pm to 4:30 pm -  Ann Baltz, Creativity in Performance II

 Operatic improvisation is not normally a part of the standard opera curriculum, but when singers are liberated from the boundaries of "Right and Wrong" and encouraged to explore their own creativity, they can produce results, both vocal and musical, that are nothing short of astonishing.  All attendees will be invited to participate in improvisations designed to increase listening sensitivity, harmonic awareness, vocal expression, and emotional connection to music.    

4:30 pm - Workshop Ends


***Schedule updated Oct. 13, 2014


Evening Options During the Workshop (Make your own arrangements)

The Society of the Four Arts 

Across the bridge from PBA’s Campus

Wednesday, January 7 - 8 p.m.
Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel, “Gershwin & Friends”

Jeffrey Siegel presents Keyboard Conversations®, a brilliantly polished concert-with-commentary format in which lively, captivating remarks precede virtuoso performances of piano masterpieces. The concert concludes with a fast-paced Q-and-A. New listeners discover an informal, entertaining and instantly accessible introduction to the magnificent piano repertoire. Seasoned music lovers enjoy an enriched, more focused listening experience.  $40 Balcony – $45 Orchestra

Art After Dark at the Norton Museum

Adjacent to PBA’s Music Building              

Thursday, January 8, 5–9 p.m.

One of the Norton’s most popular programs is its weekly Art After Dark series — “Where Culture and Entertainment Meet.” Thursdays from 5 to 9 p.m. the Museum presents diverse arts to its visitors — from music and dance, to film — as well as  DIY art projects, tours, conversations with curators, lectures, wine tastings, and tantalizing dishes from the Museum café, Fratelli Lyon. Programs relate to the Museum Collection and special exhibitions as well as to holidays and historical and cultural landmark dates.  On January 8th the exhibition called Pastures Green: The British Passion for Landscape will have just opened; it comes from the National Museum, Wales.  The exhibition will feature landscapes by British artists, foreign artists who inspired them or foreigners who were inspired (in turn) by British views, from 1650-2000.  Artists include Gainsborough, Constable, Turner, Monet, and many other great painters.  At 6:30 PM that evening, one of the two organizers of the exhibition will speak.  Oliver Fairclough is the Keeper of Art, National Museum, Wales.   As the evening draws closer the musical entertainment for the evening will be advertised.  Reservations not necessary.

The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts

Approximately 6 blocks from PBA’s Music Building        

Wednesday, January 7, 8 p.m.
St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra

Vladimir Lande, Conductor
Dmitry Kouzov, Cello
Bernstein / Overture to Candide
Schumann / Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129
Shostakovich / Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47

Tickets range from $30 to $100.  Call the Kravis Box Office 561 832-7469.

Thursday, January 8, 8 p.m.
The Beach Boys  Fifty Years Of "Fun, Fun, Fun"

The Beach Boys are still making “Good Vibrations.” The group is led by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, who – with, Jeff Foskett, Randell Kirsch, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill and Scott Totten – continue the legacy. But they won’t just “Do It Again.” In addition to their early surf-rock classics, the band will also perform hits from the 1970s and ’80s as well as new songs recorded for their recent (and hit) albums. The American band with the most Billboard Top 40 hits (36), The Beach Boys started in 1961 and have enjoyed a long safari of success. Now you can see them again. “Wouldn’t it be nice?” Tickets range from $30 to $100.  Call the Kravis Box Office 561 832-7469.

Friday, January 9
'70s Soul Jam with The Stylistics, The Spinners and The Main Ingredient featuring Cuba Gooding

Take the smooth, sweet ballads of The Stylistics. Add the lively, yet still mellow, songs of The Spinners. Then add Cuba Gooding, lead singer for The Main Ingredient. You have a recipe for an entertaining performance that will take you back to the early ’70s – when gas cost about 40 cents a gallon. But these versatile and seasoned performers won’t stop there. Sure, you’ll hear their early classics. But you’ll also enjoy recent additions to their already impressive repertoires. This is sure to be a “One of a Kind (Concert)”!  Tickets range from $20 to $100.  Call the Kravis Box Office 561 832-7469.

Saturday, January 10
Gino Vannelli & Jon Secada

With an acclaimed voice ranging from rich baritone to exquisite tenor, Gino Vannelli has had five albums on Billboard’s Top 100. With hits “I Just Wanna Stop,” “Living Inside Myself” and “Wild Horses,” Gino became a headlining artist, filling concert halls and arenas around the world. Jon Secada has an ability to soar – a captivating falsetto, which led to hits: “If You Go,” “Just Another Day” and “Angel.” Jon has performed duets with Frank Sinatra and Pavarotti and is one of the first bilingual artists to enjoy international crossover success  Tickets range from $25 to $110.  Call the Kravis Box Office 561 832-7469.