NATS 56th National Conference - Join us in Knoxville!

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Join us for what is sure to be one of our most exciting National Conferences ever in Knoxville Tennessee, June 26-30, 2020. It promises to have something for everyone – teachers, students, and performers alike. We are pleased to offer a diverse lineup of internationally known performers and speakers, a Community Sing, a GRAND songSLAM, and MORE as we celebrate the diverse styles we teach and perform. Be inspired and re-connect with old friends and new colleagues as we gather to enjoy FIVE PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS, the College Expo, over FIFTY breakout sessions in addition to our publisher showcases and exhibits, and the final evening’s Gala Banquet. Along with the NSA Finals, we celebrate the future of singing with recitals featuring the winners of NATSAA, National Music Theater, and Art Song Composition competitions. Start making your plans to join us today.

Featuring Grammy Award® winning soprano
Ana María Martínez



The American Spiritual Ensemble


Notorious RBG In Song


Collaborative Pianist Andrew Harley



Registration is open! The best rates are available now with our early bird rates good through May 1, 2020.

Refund & Cancellation Policy: NATS fully anticipates that the 56th National Conference will take place in Knoxville in June as planned. We are moving forward in all our actions with that expectation; however, we are aware of the ever-changing nature of current events.

Due to the current health crisis and its uncertainty, NATS is extending the cancellation period through May 1, 2020.  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, or by email ( Notice may also be sent by fax to 904-262-2587. Cancellations are not accepted by phone.

All refunds are currently subject to an administrative fee of $75.00 USD. We may re-evaluate this based upon events as they unfold. We will continue to be transparent about our policy and any changes we make. Refunds cannot be applied to subsequent events and will be issued after the event has concluded.

Because NATS arranges all the meeting logistics based on the number of registrants at the time of the registration cutoff dates and commits to pay for those services, we are unable to grant any refunds after the cancellation deadline.


The generous support of our sponsors helps to support the essential work at our conferences. Without their participation, NATS could not present the excellent program of master classes, performances, student competitions, and other learning opportunities available.

With sincere appreciation, we recognize the following companies, organizations, and schools that have partnered with NATS toward a successful 56th National Conference. VIEW SPONSORS

For more information on becoming a sponsor CLICK HERE.


Please make plans now to help support the NATS 56th National Conference, June 26 - 30, 2020, in Knoxville, TN, by giving a gift of time and volunteering to help with registration, session support, ticket staffing, being a Welcome Ambassador, or volunteer support staff member. SNATS members or student volunteers who contribute 15 hours will receive a complimentary student registration (valued at $135). NATS teachers are encouraged to help their students sign up for this educational opportunity. Any gift of time will be greatly appreciated and will ensure that you are an important part of this wonderful event. Click the link below to sign up today!

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Karen Brunssen, NATS President
Linda Snyder, NATS Past President
Carole Blankenship, NATS President-Elect

Marjorie B. Stephens, Program Co-Chair
Angela Easterday Holder, Program Co-Chair In Memoriam
Wendy Mullen, Coordinating Committee Chair
Diana Allan, NATS Vice President for Auditions
Dan Johnson-Wilmot, National Student Auditions Coordinator
Jeffrey Williams, National Student Auditions Local Assistant Coordinator
Chadley Ballantyne, Registration Coordinator
Amy Jarman, Guest Artist Coordinator
Andrea Dismukes, Singers/Pianists Coordinator
Mark Kano, Volunteer Coordinator
Joshua Zink, Stage Management for Plenary Sessions
Rita Larkin, Volunteer at Large
Sue Chapo, Volunteer at Large
Clark Measesls, Volunteer at Large
Nicholas Perna, Poster Paper Sessions Coordinator

Allen Henderson, NATS Executive Director
Deborah Guess, NATS Director of Operations
Mark McQuade, NATS Competitions and Auditions Coordinator
Mandy Ruddock, NATS Special Events/Conference Assistant

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