Advocacy Initiatives

A few words from the chair – Loraine Sims

Advocacy means many things. The charge given to the NATS Advocacy Committee by NATS President Karen Brunssen leads us in several different directions, as this topic can be somewhat overwhelming. We recognize that we should have diversity in our membership to make us stronger. Our committee has agreed that we are going to begin with providing resources for our members to encourage the use of diverse repertoire for singers. Repertoire from underrepresented communities, whether that be because of ethnicity, gender or even because the languages are unfamiliar, offer each of us and our students an integral way to experience the music, poetry, stories, rhythms, and harmonies of vocal music from many cultures around the world.

NATS Celebrates Composers

Advancing the music of women composers

The NATS Advocacy Committee, with the support of the NSA Committee and NATS leadership, is supporting an endeavor to promote diversity in repertoire selection by choosing a different theme biennially. Our first initiative will be music by women composers. We want to encourage the membership to program music by women during the competition and recital seasons. READ MORE

We invite you to join us and invite you to send resources you may have to Advocacy Committee Chairperson, Loraine Sims at .

Spotlight on Diversity

Patricia Caicedo 


Recognized as The Voice of the Latin American and Iberian Art Song and often described as its ambassador, Colombian-Spanish soprano and musicologist Patricia Caicedo has sung in the United States, Canada, Denmark, Holland, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Russia, Germany, Puerto Rico, and Latin-America. READ MORE




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Randye Jones

So You Want to Sing Spirituals: A Guide for Performers

The NATS Advocacy Committee would like to encourage you to celebrate Black History Month. In the United States, Black History Month runs through the month of February. READ MORE For more resources also see


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Anna Hersey

Scandinavian Song: A Guide to Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish Repertoire and Diction

"Scandinavian art songs are a unique expression of the cultures of Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. Although these three countries are distinct from one another, their languages and cultures share many similarities." READ MORE


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Kathleen Roland-Silverstein

Romanser: 25 Swedish Art Songs with Guide to Swedish Lyric Diction

"My experience with the beautiful romanser repertoire of Sweden has been a wonderful resource for me as a performer and scholar, and for my students who look to add varied and unusual repertoire to their performances." READ MORE


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Mutsumi Moteki and Kumiko Shimizu

Japanese Art Song Anthology, Volumes 1 and 2 for High and Medium/Low Voice
Edited by Kumiko Shimizu and Mutsumi Moteki, Classical Vocal Reprint. READ MORE

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The Charge to the Committee

from NATS President Karen Brunssen

The Advocacy Committee shall work in the best interests of NATS for means and information about:

  1. Advocacy that encourages music/singing in education.
  2. Advocacy that encourages diversity in our NATS activities and in the larger musical/singing community.
  3. Advocacy that encourages support of the arts, including music/singing, by government, businesses, and communities.
  4. Advocacy that encourages inclusion in our NATS activities and in the larger musical/singing community.

Possible initiatives befitting NATS may include:

  1. Resources, information and studies about arts/music advocacy
  2. Identify successful initiatives
  3. Connectivity and collaboration with other arts organizations
  4. Education about different aspects of advocacy
  5. Benefits of Singing

Committee Members

  • Loraine Sims, chair
  • Jill Terhaar Lewis, recording secretary
  • Stephen Ng
  • Isai Jess Muñoz
  • Marcía Porter
  • Gregory Brookes
  • Darryl Taylor
  • Anna Lantry
  • Matthew Valverde