Awards + Grants
The National Association of Teachers of Singing offers a variety of awards, grants and funds to support members and their ongoing professional education.
Emerging Leaders Awards
Emerging Leaders Awards recognize and support NATS teachers with no more than 10 years of teaching experience. This grant helps selected winners attend sessions, network with colleagues, and enjoy all the benefits available at the NATS Conference. Award recipients receive up to $750 to pay for expenses for travel, housing, registration, food, and other related costs for attendance at the 58th NATS National Conference in Knoxville, June 25 - July 2, 2024.
Joan Frey Boytim Awards for Independent Teachers
Designed to recognize and support independent teachers who do not hold full or part-time teaching positions in a college or university, these $1,000 awards 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 will help fund attendance at the 58th National Conference in Knoxville, June 25 - July 2, 2024.
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.
Van L. 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.
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.
Clifton Ware Group-Voice Pedagogy Award
The Group-Voice Pedagogy Award, given to currently active NATS members, is designed to highlight the concept of “Class Voice” and its potential impact for singers through offerings in community, independent, and academic settings.
Vocal Music Fellowships
The NATS Vocal Music Fellowships help deserving young singers receive the instruction needed to pursue lifelong musical interests. Private vocal instruction is critical for students considering careers in the vocal arts. However, paying for these lessons can be a barrier that makes options for underserved populations almost nonexistent. NATS combats this problem by providing fellowships for singers from communities not typically able to access voice lessons.