NATS National Committee Assignments and Appointments

STANDING COMMITTEES

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Karen Brunssen, President
Carole Blankenship, President Elect
Alison Feldt, Vice President for Outreach
Nancy Bos, Vice President for Membership
Diana Allan, Vice President for Auditions
Kristine Hurst-Wajszczuk, Vice President for Workshops
Jason Lester, Secretary/Treasurer
Allen Henderson, Executive Director (ex-officio)

The Executive Committee serves in an advisory capacity to the Board and shall assume powers and duties as deemed necessary and delegated to it by the Board, to which it shall be responsible. In particular, the committee conducts performance evaluations of the executive director, administers the awards program, and reviews progress on board goals and objectives. A sub-committee makes recommendations for budget planning, reviews recommendations regarding organizational structure and staff, and approves the agenda for board meetings.

NOMINATING COMMITTEE

Linda J. Snyder, Past President, Chair
Lorna MacDonald
Lloyd Mims
Scott McCoy
Kathleen Otterson

The Nominating Committee is responsible for the nomination of persons to fill the offices of President–Elect, Vice Presidents, and Secretary/Treasurer. The committee will also propose a procedure for the nominating process, to include identifying key qualifications for the duties of certain offices, and an interview model.

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE

Nancy Bos, VP Membership, Chair
Carole Blankenship, President Elect
Alexis B. Davis (AZ)
Ayumi Nakamae (NC)
Christine Keene (AK)
Tanya Kruse Ruck (WI)
Ellie Seligmann (CO)
Patricia Weis (WI)

By-Laws: “The Membership Committee shall assist the Vice President in membership promotion, recruitment, and retention, and be available to advise the Vice President for Membership and Executive Office on applications for membership.”

The Membership Committee will work to promote, recruit, and retain members, by evaluating current practice, exploring new ideas, and recommending future goals. In particular, they will work with chapter officers, encouraging them to sponsor activities that attract new members, and gather information at the “grass roots” level to address successes and issues related to membership.

Current goals include (1) recruiting and serving more independent teachers and collaborative pianists, (2) encouraging voice teachers in every college/university to join, (3) following up on those members who have been NATS Interns, Emerging Leaders, or Boytim Independent Teacher Awardees, (4) developing ways to increase and ensure a diverse membership, (5) fulfilling the “NATS for a Lifetime” and “Singing for a Lifetime” themes, including featured stories of long-time members, (6) developing strategies to involve NATS members who join as national members and do not join Chapters, more directly in NATS activities and fellowship, (7) to survey NATS entities about best practices for recruitment and retention of NATS members, 8) to implement the new Student Membership in conjunction with the Vice President for Outreach and the Student NATS Chapters.

INVESTMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Robert Edwin, Chair
Robert Dundas
Jason Lester, Secretary/Treasurer (ex-officio)
Allen Henderson, Executive Director

The committee is responsible for studying and recommending the investment of surplus funds and advising on the condition of funds in trust.

JOURNAL OF SINGING EDITORIAL BOARD

Kenneth Bozeman, Chair
Richard Sjoerdsma, Editor
Andrew Adams
Stephen Austin
Debra Greschner
Lynn Helding
Judith Nicosia
John Nix
Sherri Weiler

The Editorial Board conducts peer review and assists the Editor in all matters pertinent to the publication of the Journal.

ETHICS COMMITTEE

Jennifer Trost, Chair
Sarah Holman
Karen Brunssen, President
Linda J. Snyder, Past President

The responsibilities of the Ethics Committee shall be the resolution of alleged violations of the Code of Ethics, and resolution of cases involving a Member’s conduct alleged to be detrimental to the welfare and best interests of the Association.

OTHER COMMITTEES and APPOINTMENTS

AUDITIONS AND COMPETITIONS COMMITTEE

Diana Allan, VP Auditions, Chair and NATSAA Liaison
Frank Ragsdale, National Music Theater Competition Liaison
Dan Johnson-Wilmot, National Student Auditions Liaison
Allen Henderson, Executive Director

The Auditions and Competitions Committee will oversee each of the programs above. The liaisons may assemble groups of members to help carry out the duties of the particular audition or competition.

VOICE SCIENCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE

David Meyer, Chair
James Doing
Lynn Helding
Ian Howell (Vocapedia monitor)
Aaron Johnson
Wendy LeBorgne (Health and Wellness)
Scott McCoy
Deirdre D. Michael
John Nix
David Okerlund
Robert Sataloff
Leda Scearce
Ron Scherer

Emeritus members:
Ingo Titze
Thomas Cleveland
Steve Austin

Recognizing that the science of sound production has important historical and current foundational
meaning to the pedagogy of singing training and the healthy and artistic expression of singing performance,
the charge of the Voice Science Advisory Committee is to promote and disseminate voice science and
related information through NATS resources to the membership of NATS. Project areas include but are
not limited to:

1. Education: Vocapedia – to provide vetted educational and historical materials on the science of voice
production and vocal health via a secure website
2. Research: to encourage and facilitate research on the singing voice through referral to experts and
information on research design, funding, and publication
3. Recognition: to recommend awards related to voice science and vocal health to individuals and
organizations, including collaborative recognition with other voice associations (e.g., The Voice
Foundation, ASHA, PAVA, VASTA)

ADVOCACY COMMITTEE

Loraine Sims, Chair
Gregory Brookes
Jill Terhaar Lewis
Isai Jess Muñoz
Stephen Ng
Marcia Porter
Linda Snyder
Darryl Taylor

The Advocacy Committee shall work in the best interests of NATS for advocacy of: music/singing in education, diversity and inclusion in NATS activities and in the larger musical/singing community, and arts advocacy in government, businesses, and communities.

INTERNATIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Karen Brunssen – NATS President, Chairperson
Allen Henderson - NATS Executive Director
Marvin Keenze – International ICVT Coordinator
Linda Snyder - Ex-officio
Carole Blankenship
Dean Southern
Jonathan Retzlaff
Lori McCann
Scott Swope
Ryu-Kyung Kim

The International Advisory Committee will work together to encourage mutually beneficial musical and pedagogical relationships, experiences, and connectivity with established international voice associations, other voice-oriented organizations, their members, and others.

ARCHIVIST and HISTORIAN

Kathryn Proctor Duax

The archivist maintains and preserves official records of NATS at the designated archival center, and informs the executive director of changes needed.

The historian provides a narrative of conferences, and assists the Executive Office in collecting, describing, updating, and preserving documentary sources significant to NATS. The historian shall have access to documents and other records pertinent to the history of the Association.

NATS ART SONG COMPOSITION AWARD COMMITTEE

Carol Mikkelsen, Chair
Lori Laitman, Advisor

The NATS Art Song Composition Award Committee solicits original vocal compositions, and organizes the selection of the winning compositions, the annual First Place Winners being performed at the National Conference. The committee shall make all necessary arrangements in coordination with the executive director and the next (2020) Conference Planning Committee.

INTERN PROGRAM COMMITTEE

Linda J. Snyder, Past President, Director of Intern Program, Chair
Brian Horne, NATS Foundation President
Karen Brunssen, President

2020 CONFERENCE PLANNING COMMITTEE

Angela Holder, Program Chair
Karen Brunssen, President
Linda Snyder, Past President
Carole Blankenship, President Elect
Allen Henderson, Executive Director 
TBA, Coordinating Committee Chair

Local Committee: TBA

2020 CONFERENCE PRESENTATION REVIEW COMMITTEE

Angela Holder, Program Chair
Karen Brunssen, President
Carole Blankenship, President Elect
Richard Sjoerdsma, Editor, Journal of Singing
Allen Henderson, Executive Director

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