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56th National Conference Program and Presenters

*All sessions located at the Knoxville Convention Center unless otherwise notated. Other locations include the University of Tennessee (NSA Semifinal Competition and Student Sessions) and the Holiday Inn Knoxville (across the street from the Convention Center). 

Pre-Conference Workshops • Plenary Sessions • Breakout Sessions • 
Publisher Showcase Sessions • Poster Paper Sessions • 
Morning Coffee & Conversation Sessions • Student Sessions


Thurs, June 25  l  Fri, June 26  l Sat, June 27  l  Sun, June 28  l  Mon, June 29  l  Tues, June 30

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PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS (additional ticket purchase required to attend)
Friday, June 26 • 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Acoustic and Perceptual Voice Pedagogy: From Impulse and Affect to Pedagogy and Performance
Ken Bozeman, Chadley Ballantyne, and Ian Howell
Friday, June 26 • 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Ballroom ABC

Our understanding of how the human vocal instrument creates sounds continues to improve. As this knowledge advances, the implications for vocal technique and practical application become more clear. Through lecture and demonstration this workshop will offer insight into how the sound of the singing voice is created and perceived, the fundamentals of acoustic registration, and how speech motor control and speech acquisition can be leveraged to create effective teaching strategies. Join our presenters as they unpack the complexities of how we produce and perceive sound, how the sound interacts within the vocal tract, and how our speech motor control system can be developed to assist us in overcoming challenges in all vocal styles.

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Voice and Hearing Health for Singers and Voice Teachers
Lucinda Halstead MD, Deanna McBroom, Chandler Thompson and Randall Dick
Friday, June 26 • 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Lecture Hall

Join experts from our collaboration with Athletes in the Arts and the Performing Arts Medical Association to address a variety of topics on voice and hearing health and solidify your approach to addressing these issues in your studio and in your own life.  Laryngeal Massage/Head-Neck Relaxation, Preserving hearing and preventing hearing loss, common vocal injuries across the age spectrum, healthy management of vocal and physical load, and updates on commonly used medications, alternative medications, and therapeutic techniques.  This and more will be covered providing you access to some of the most up to date information available. 

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Teaching the Singer-Songwriter
Marcelle Gauvin and Matthew Edwards
Friday, June 26 • 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: 200 ABC

Training singers who write their own music requires a different mindset in the studio. Story reigns supreme and vocal technique is viewed as a way to unlock the voice so that the story can be told more effectively. Preconceived tonal goals and standard vocal exercises are not enough to take a student to the next level in this context. Instead, the teacher must address the needs of the person they are working with, help them pursue their tonal goals, and free their vocal mechanism so that they can focus on connecting with their audience. This pre-conference workshop will introduce participants to new ways to think outside the box when a singer-songwriter comes into the room and will include brief sample sessions with several singer-songwriters applying the methods and processes outlined in the workshop. 

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Emotional Safety on Stage, In Rehearsal, and In the Studio
Tonia Sina
Friday, June 26 • 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: 300 ABC

Tonia_Sina_Ellis.jpg With issues of consent, sexual harassment, and Title IX at the forefront within our profession and associated industries join Tonia Sina founder of Intimacy Directors International (IDI) as she introduces us to the philosophy of The Pillars which have codified practice of choreographing moments of staged intimacy in order to create safe, repeatable, and effective storytelling. In addition, NATS has worked specifically with IDI to, for the first time, create and introduce protocols for voice teachers/coaches/conductors to use in the studio to create safe space for the one on one lesson environment whether in the institutional, independent studio, community, or multi-teacher studio environments. Be part of the first wave of voice professionals introduced to and trained in these protocols.  

When Pedagogy Meets Profession
Michelle Markwart Deveaux
Friday, June 26 • 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: 301 ABC

Michelle_Markwart_Deveaux.jpgCatapult your voice business to the next level by aligning your business practices & structure with your already incomparable teaching.  Business Strategist & Coach and Independent Studio Owner Michelle Markwart Deveaux will take you through an intensive interactive training designed to cultivate enthusiastic reflection on how essential areas of your voice teaching have a direct connection to the business practices that you employ. You will learn how to leverage those connections for increased joy and revenue.  We'll begin to unearth your pedagogy in a new way, find the gold, and insure this gold can be woven into your systems, policies, student/client communication, and marketing.

This workshop is for those who make a living full or part time in a voice related business, or have an entrepreneurial stake in the voice world. Whether you are a solo or multi-teacher studio owner, teaching artist, or a college/university professor, there is no reason you cannot create clarity and abundance in every part of your enterprise. 


NATSAA/NMTC Winners Concert
Friday, June 26 • 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Ballroom ABC

Our opening afternoon will feature performances by winners of our 2020 national competitions, including NATS Artist Awards winner Matt Hill and National Music Theater Competition winner Lauren Carr.

Friday, June 26 • 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Location: Ballroom ABC

Sparks and WiryWe are excited to have Sparks and Wiry Cries at the conference to collaborate with NATS on the first ever Grand songSLAM? What is a songSLAM? It is a unique event for emerging composer/performer teams to premiere new art song. In the poetry-slam tradition, audience members vote on their favorite performances, and cash prizes are awarded. Be in the room when teams from across the country who have written new art song especially for this event present their work. Vote on your favorite and determine the prize winners! Better yet you can also visit the teams at the booth in the exhibit hall and purchase their works. Download PDF

Plenary Session
Voice Science Session -  Registers: The Snake Pit of Voice Pedagogy
Saturday, June 27• 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Presenter: Christian Herbst
Location: Ballroom ABC

Christian_Herbst.jpgDespite remarkable scientific progress made in the past decades, the notion of singing voice registers remains a “hot topic.” In this talk, several strategies for defining and classifying registers will be reviewed, starting with the more traditional proprioceptive and perceptual/psychoacoustic approaches, but also covering the modern views regarding laryngeal mechanisms and vocal tract influences. Rather than proposing a novel scheme for register classification, it is the purpose of this contribution to show how some persistent disagreements might be mitigated when explicitly considering the level at which the issues at hand are discussed: proprioceptive, perceptual/psychoacoustic, or physical/acoustical, with or without considering vocal tract influences. Such an acknowledgement of the increased complexity of the topic of registers (or, rather, the removal of unjustified over-simplification) may eventually lead to increased clarity and better understanding in both science and teaching.

Plenary Session
The Ethics of a Profession: Creating Workplace Safety - Panel Session
Saturday, June 27 • 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Presenters: Claudia Friedlander, Kathy Kelly, Anne Midgette, and others
Location: Ballroom ABC

Creating a safe workplace environment in the varying settings in which singers, voice teachers, and voice professionals work requires all parties to adhere to professional standards of conduct. What happens when those lines are crossed? Our efforts to empower victims to come forward must be underpinned by a network of support and point victims to resources including the NATS Ethics Policy, media relations, and Title IX reporting. This panel will frame the issues, provide guidance, and inform and activate you to be a proactive advocate for your own safety as well as the safety of your students and colleagues.

Master Class
Ana María Martínez Master Class/Q&A
Sunday, June 28 • 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Ballroom ABC

Ana_Maria_Martinez_pc_Svetlana_Pasedko_a.jpegAna María Martínez will share her expertise through a master class with several singers on a variety of repertoire followed by some Q&A exploring issues important to our profession today.  

Grammy Award® winner Ana María Martínez is considered to be one of the foremost sopranos of her time, with an international career that spans the world’s most important opera houses and concert halls. Her repertoire encompasses opera’s most intriguing and diverse leading ladies, and she engages her audiences season after season with signature roles, spellbinding debuts, and a myriad of captivating recordings.

During the 2019-20 season Ms. Martínez portrays the role of Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly with Opera National de Paris, Lyric Opera of Chicago and The Metropolitan Opera. She will be heard on the concert stage with the Houston Symphony for Composer-in-Residence Jimmy López’s Dreamers Oratorio.

Plenary Session
Notorious RBG in Song: Collaboration and the Art of Dramatic Concert
Sunday, June 28 
• 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Presenters: Patrice Michaels, Michelle Areyzaga, Evan Bravos, Matthew Dean, Andrew Harley
Location: Ballroom ABC


Notorious_RBG_in_Song_by_Larry_Sandez_01_13_2019_002-WEB.jpgWe are happy to feature a performance of the critically acclaimed dramatic concert Notorious RBG in Song saluting the life and work of legal pioneer Ruth Bader Ginsburg in celebration of her 25 years on the Supreme Court.WATCH THE TRAILER.  Following the performance Patrice Michaels, NATS member, creator of the work, and daughter-in-law of Justice Ginsberg will discuss the work and the collaborative process that birthed this work.  A vocalist of “spectacular and diverse gifts” (Journal of Singing), Michaels illuminates key aspects of Justice Ginsburg’s personal and professional life through letters, remembrances, conversations, and even Court opinions. READ MORE

Collaborative Pianist Master Class
Sunday, June 28 • 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Presenter: Andrew Harley
Location: 200 ABC

Andrew_Harley_CR2x3.jpgEnglish pianist Andrew Harley enjoys an internationally recognized performing and teaching career. Specializing in song literature and instrumental chamber music, he has been heard in live radio and television broadcasts, on numerous recordings, as well as at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Kennedy Center, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Mr. Harley concertizes across the globe, collaborating with such distinguished recital partners as international opera stars J’Nai Bridges, Denyce Graves, Susanna Phillips, Eric Owens, the legendary American cellist Lynn Harrell, and members of The Cleveland Quartet, The Juilliard Quartet, and Talich Quartet. In 2018, together with J’Nai Bridges and Susanna Phillips, Mr. Harley gave the East Coast premiere of The Long View: A Portrait of Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Nine Songs by Patrice Michaels. He serves the Eastman School of Music as Head of Collaborative Piano. READ MORE

American Spiritual Ensemble
Sunday, June 28 • 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Since 1995 this ensemble, always populated with quite a few NATS members, has set out to preserve the life of this centuries-old form of American Music, the Spiritual. The members of the American Spiritual Ensemble are soloists in their own right and have thrilled audiences around the world with their dynamic renditions of classic spirituals, jazz and Broadway numbers highlighting the Black experience as well as gracing the stages of some of the world’s leading opera houses.


Community Sing
Monday, June 29 • 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Ballroom ABC

Erin_Guinup_headshot-web.jpgSinging together lifts our spirits, builds community and is just plain fun when you have over 1000 singers together!  Our first community sing in 2018 was a smashing success and was one of the most requested activities to repeat. This year we are pleased to have NATS member and founder and director of the Tacoma Refugee Choir, Erin Guinup as our leader.  Guinup is an active concert performer, conductor, voice teacher and public speaker. A classically-trained soprano, Erin Guinup has performed a wide range of operatic and music theater repertoire with ensembles including Northwest Repertory Singers, Ensign Symphony and Tacoma Concert Band and her internationally performed one-woman show “The Ladies of Lyric and Song: Female Composers and Lyricists of the American Musical Theatre.” 

Plenary Session
The Ethics of a Profession: Diversity and Inclusivity
Monday, June 29 • 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Presenters: George Shirley and Loraine Sims, Co-moderators; Donnie Ray Albert, Nicole Cabell, Trineice Robinson-Martin, Mari Ésabel Valverde, Matthew Valverde, Isaí Jess Muñoz, Stephen Ng, Lily Guerrero, André Chiang, Charles Moore, Albert Lee, Anna Lantry

Creating and sustaining access for all in the profession requires sustained and targeted efforts to remove barriers, promote diversity and inclusivity, and ensure a future where all voices are valued, welcomed, and appreciated. This panel will enlighten and challenge us all to actively involve ourselves in supporting and developing efforts at all levels within our voice community to acknowledge privilege where it exists and engage in conversation that ensures access to all.


Morning Coffee & Conversation - Saturday, June 27 (7:45 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.) 

• Let’s Make Music: Building a Long-term Singer/Pianist Relationship (Ballroom ABC) 
Presenters: Sonya Baker, Victoria Berneking-Cavendish, Caroline Schiller, Christy Lee

• Teaching Contemporary Music Theater (Meeting Room 200 ABC) 
Presenters: David Sisco, Laura Josepher

• Lifting the Curse of Knowledge in Voice Pedagogy (Meeting Room 300 AB)
Presenter: Melissa Treinkman

• Navigating Higher Education (Meeting Room 301 ABC)
Presenters: Allen Henderson, TBA

Journal of Singing Editorial Board (Meeting Room 301 DE)
Presenters: Richard Dale Sjoerdsma and others


Morning Coffee & Conversation - Sunday, June 28 (7:45 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.)

Keeping Pop/Rock Voices Healthy on the Road (Ballroom ABC)
Presenters: Matt Edwards, Marci Rosenberg, Marcelle Gauvin

• Singers and Self Laryngeal Manipulation: What Singing Teachers Need to Know (Meeting Room 200 ABC)
Presenters: Nicholas Perna, Josephine Alston, Sarah Pigott

• Research 101: How to Design Publishable Research Studies in Voice Pedagogy (Meeting Room 300 AB)
Presenter: Amelia Rollings

Women Singing Through Midlife, Menopause, and Beyond (Meeting Room 301 ABC)
Presenters: Nancy Bos, Joanne Bozeman, Cate Frazier-Neely

• Composers Coffee and Conversation  (Meeting Room 301 DE)
Presiding: Patrice Michaels, Kurt Erickson, Philip Lasser


Morning Coffee & Conversation - Monday, June 29 (7:45 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.)  

• Voice Masculinization and Voice Feminization: Vocalises for Trans and Gender Expansive Singers (Ballroom ABC) 
Presenter: Loraine Sims

• The Office: Voice Instructors’ Work Environment and the Effects Upon Voice and Hearing (Meeting Room 200 ABC) Presenters: Yvonne Gonzales Redman, Lori Sonnenberg 

• Executive Committee and Strategic Planning (Meeting Room 300 AB)
Presenters: TBA

• Engaging the Community Through Vocal Chamber Music (Meeting Room 301 ABC)
Presenters: Susan Hochmiller, Adam Cordle 

• Damn the Da Capo! Stylistic Considerations for Performing and Ornamenting Baroque Song (Grand Pavilion Ballroom - Holiday Inn*)
Presenter: William Hudson


Breakout Sessions - Saturday, June 27 (9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.)           

• Agents and Critics Panel Session (Ballroom ABC) 
Presenters: Romana Jaroff, Anne Midgette, Kathy Olson

• Reimagining "Ach, ich fühl's": A Lecture-Recital on Ornamenting Mozart Arias (Lecture Hall)
Presenters: Mutsumi Moteki, Jennifer Bird

• Noticing is the Hard Part: Perceptually Informed Revisions to Black Box Models in Voice Pedagogy (Meeting Room 200 ABC)
Presenters: Ian Howell, Kayla Gautereaux, Chadley Ballantyne

• Living Song Project: Beyond the Search (Meeting Room 300 AB)
Presenters: Elizabeth Avery, Glen Balliet

• “Children Will Listen”: Teaching the Child Singer in the Private Voice Studio (Meeting Room 301 ABC)
Presenters: Dana Lentini, Jenevora Williams


Breakout Sessions - Saturday, June 27 (4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

• From Puccini to P!nk: Helping the Classically Trained Female Sing Pop (Ballroom ABC)  
Presenter: Timothy L. Carson

• Mini Recital #1 – My Sister's Keeper: The Songs of African American Women Composers (Lecture Hall)
Presenters: Marcía Porter, Minnita Daniel-Cox, Alexis Davis-Hazell, Rosalyn Floyd

• Issues of Intimacy in the One on One Teaching Environment (Meeting Room 200 ABC)
Presenter: Tonia Sina

• "With a Little Help from My Friends": Collaborative Teaching in the Voice Studio (Meeting Room 300 AB)
Presenters: Christin Coffee Rondeau, Michelle Markwart Deveaux

• New Choices in Art Song Repertoire: Canadian Composers Emilie LeBel and Cecilia Livingston (Meeting Room 301 ABC)
Presenters: Elizabeth McDonald, Kathryn Tremills, Emilie LeBel, Cecilia Livingston, Emily Martin


 Breakout Sessions - Sunday, June 28 (9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.)   

• Developing the Undergraduate Collaborator (Ballroom ABC) 
Presenter: Jenna Braaksma

• Mini Recital #2 (Lecture Hall) This session will include:

     Laura Kafka-Price and Tomasz Robak – "Singing in Polish for Non-Polish Singers: Karol Szymanowski's Rymy             dziecięce (Children's Rhymes) Op. 49 Song Cycle"

     Liliana Guerrero and Valerie M. Trujillo – Mi canción: Song Literature by Contemporary Latina Composers

     Amy Kathryn Canchola and Colleen Kilpatrick – “Para qué recordar”: Preserving the Legacy of Marìa Grever   
     Through Selected Vocal Compositions for Study and Performance

Presenters: Laura Kafka-Price, Tomasz Robak, Liliana Guerrero, Valerie M. Trujillo, Amy Kathryn Canchola, Colleen Kilpatrick

• Formalized Curiosity: An Overview of Six Years of Collaborative Research on Music Theater Singing and Training (Meeting Room 200 ABC)
Presenters: Lynn Maxfield, Brian Manternach

• Boys' Changing Voices: The Research Evidence - What Does This Mean in Practice?  (Meeting Room 300 AB) Presenter: Jenevora Williams

• American Academy of Teachers of Singing (Meeting Room 301 ABC)
Presiding: Mary Saunders Barton


Breakout Sessions - Sunday, June 28 (5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.)

• Mini Recital #3 (Ballroom ABC) This session will include:

     Byron Jones and Karen Walker – Michael's Letter to Mama: An Iconic Passage of LGBT Literature Set for Voice
     and Piano

     Gretchen Windt and Karen Cantrell – Female Voices for Equality Over the Centuries: Through the Guarded Gate

     Sabrina Warren and Perry Mears – Dramatic Stories In An Intimate Setting: Exploring
     The Art Songs Of Rachel DeVore Fogarty

Presenters: Byron Jones, Karen Walker, Gretchen Windt, Karen Cantrell, Sabrina Warren, Perry Mears

• Collaborative Pianist Master Class  (Meeting Room 200 ABC)
Presenter: Andrew Harley

The Pedagogy of Voice Pedagogy (Meeting Room 300 AB)
Presenters: Allen Henderson, TBA

• Muscle Tension Dysphonia (MTD) and the Singer (Meeting Room 301 ABC)
Presenters: Lori Sonnenberg, Carla LeFevre

Cruise Ship Careers (Grand Pavilion Ballroom – Holiday Inn*) 
Presenter: Keith Cox


Breakout Sessions - Monday, June 29 (9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.)            

• Defining Evidence-Based Voice Pedagogy (EBVP): A New Framework (Ballroom ABC) 
Presenters: Kari Ragan, Lynn Helding, Lynn Maxfield, Kenneth Bozeman

• Mini Recital #4 - The Secret Ocean and Preach, Sister, Preach: An Introduction to Song Literature by American Composer Evan Mack  (Lecture Hall)
Presenters: Maribeth Crawford, Katherine Jolly, Evan Mack

• Teaching Voice Students from East Asia: Understanding the Linguistic Challenges and Advantages Unique to Native Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean and Japanese Speakers (Meeting Room 200 ABC)
Presenters: Sahoko Sato Timpone, Ryu-Kyung Kim, Stephen Ng, Mutsumi Moteki, Wei-En Hsu

Change Your Fee Structure to Change Your Life! (Meeting Room 300 AB)
Presenter: Michelle Markwart Deveaux

• Word of Mouth: Mark Campbell in Song (Meeting Room 301 ABC)
Presenters: Martha Guth, Jesse Blumberg, Erika Switzer, Mark Campbell

NATS BOOKS: The So You Want to Sing Series (Grand Pavilion Ballroom – Holiday Inn*)
Presenters: Matt Hoch, Allen Henderson, Michael Tan and others


Breakout Sessions - Monday, June 29 (4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

Mini Recital #5 (Lecture Hall) This Session will include:

     Kristine Hurst-Wajszczuk and Denise Gainey – Lori Laitman's THE SECRET EXIT

     Tony Boutté and Zachary Wadsworth  – New American Voices: Championing the American Art Song

Presenters: Kristine Hurst-Wajszczuk, Denise Gainey, Tony Boutté, Zachary Wadsworth

• Cognition in the Time of Corona: Teaching Students How to Learn (Meeting Room 200 ABC)
Presenter:  Lynn Helding

• Interview with Mary Costa (Meeting Room 300 AB)
Presenters:Mary Costa, TBA

• Feminization and Masculinization of Singing Voices: Practical Tools to Shift Gender Perception (Meeting Room 301 ABC)
Presenters: Liz Jackson Hearns, Brian Kremer

• 21st Century Songs by American and Canadian Composers (Grand Pavilion Ballroom – Holiday Inn*)   
Presenter: Victoria Holland

Student Sessions

Student Sessions - Thursday, June 25

7:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.  –   Eat, Sing and Be Merry: A Singer's Guide to Nutrition for Peak Performance in Singing (Lecture Hall)
Presenter: Elizabeth Rotoff

7:45 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  –  Coaching Singers on Healthy Practice Habits Outside the Studio (Lecture Hall)
Presenters: Deanna McBroom, Lucinda Halstead

8:30 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.  – Musician Legalese: Understanding Contracts and the Law for Professional Singers, Teachers, and Composers (Lecture Hall)
Presenters: Jill Terhaar Lewis, Kevin Hackler


Student Sessions - Friday, June 26
*All Student Sessions on Friday Take Place at the University of Tennessee

9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. – Country Singing 101 for Music Theater (UTK Room 1*)
Presenter: Edrie Means Weekly

9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. – Mind, Body, Breath: The Use of Qigong in the Applied Vocal Studio (UTK Room 2*)
Presenter: Jennifer Alison Cable

10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. – Warning: No Shoulders! Mapping the Arms to Free the Breath (UTK Room 1*)
Presenter: Bonnie Draina

10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. – Singing for Better Lung Health with Breathe, Sing, Move! (UTK Room 2*)
Presenters: Rachel Goldenberg, Jessica Demars

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – SongHelix: A 'Behind the Scenes' Look at the Online Hub for Art Song Discovery (UTK Room 1*)
Presenter: Seth Keeton

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Training Music Majors for a 21st Century "Mosaic Career" (UTK Room 2*)
Presenters: Nancy Maria Balach, Brady Bramlett

12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Versatility for Employability: Current Music Theater Training, Research and Practice (UTK Room 2*)
Presenters: Elizabeth Ann Benson, Dale Cox


Student Sessions - Saturday, June 27

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. – The SINGER SAVVY APP: Vanquish Vocal Fatigue (Grand Pavilion Ballroom - Holiday Inn*)
Presenter: Theresa Brancaccio, Aaron Johnson

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. – Biofeedback in Vocal Pedagogy: Real-time Success Using Mobile Application Technology (Grand Pavilion Ballroom – Holiday Inn*)
Presenters: Heidi Moss, Meghan Dibble

9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Singers Need a Vibrant, Resilient Voice! Research-Based East/West/Alternative Medicines/Exercises that Optimize Vocal Health (Grand Pavilion Ballroom – Holiday Inn*)
Presenter: Lucinda Halstead, Deanna McBroom

1:15 p.m. – 2 p.m. – Teaching the Versatile 21st Century Cis-Female Music Theater Singer: Navigating the Filter (Grand Pavilion Ballroom – Holiday Inn*)
Presenters: Kevin Wilson, Katherine Fuller

4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. – "We're Gonna Go Through It Together!": Teaching Strategies for Functional Music Theater Group Voice Classes (Grand Pavilion Ballroom – Holiday Inn*)
Presenter: Amelia Rollings

5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. – Winning the Mental Game: The Simple Solution to Performance Anxiety (Grand Pavilion Ballroom – Holiday Inn*)
Presenter: Nicholas Pallesen


Student Sessions - Sunday, June 28

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. – Customized Community Performances – A Win-Win for Your Students and Community (Grand Pavilion Ballroom – Holiday Inn*)
Presenters: Susan Mohini Kane, Jeffrey Williams

9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – How to Sustain a Broadway Level Show: I Got the Gig! Now What? (Grand Pavilion Ballroom – Holiday Inn*)
Presenter: Zipporah Peddle


Publisher Showcases are either 30-minute or 45-minute presentations by publishers and companies who wish to introduce attendees to their newest publications, products or services.  This will be an opportunity for you to get to know more about a specific product or publication you are interested in and saw in the exhibition hall. 

Saturday, June 27

12:10 p.m. – 12:55 p.m. – Exhibitor Publishers Showcase (Ballroom ABC)
Presented by RCM Certificate Program   

1:10 p.m. – 1:55 p.m. – Exhibitor Publishers Showcase (Ballroom ABC)
Presented by E.C. Schirmer

5:10 p.m. – 5:55 p.m. – Exhibitor Publishers Showcase (301ABC)
Presented by RCM Certificate Program

Sunday, June 28

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. – Exhibitor Publishers Showcase (Lecture Hall)

12:10 p.m. – 12:55 p.m. – Exhibitor Publishers Showcase (Ballroom ABC)
Presented by  Ipsilon Music Press   

1:10 p.m. – 1:55 p.m. – Exhibitor Publishers Showcase (Ballroom ABC)
Presented by Hal Leonard

Monday, June 29

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. – Exhibitor Publishers Showcase (Lecture Hall)
Presented by Rassel Editions

12:10 p.m. – 12:55 p.m. – Exhibitor Publishers Showcase (Ballroom ABC)
Presented by VoiceLessons.com   

1:10 p.m. – 1:55 p.m. – Exhibitor Publishers Showcase (Ballroom ABC)
Presented by Inside View Press

5:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Exhibitor Publishers Showcase (Lecture Hall)
Presented by 


NATS Members and friends will present their topics each day during the conference.  Attendees will be able to visit each table and chat with paper presenters during the lunch break from Noon - 2:00 p.m.

Poster Papers Session I • Saturday, June 27, 2020

Poster Papers Session II • Sunday, June 28, 2020

Poster Papers Session III • Monday, June 29, 2020

Location: Concourse Knoxville Convention Center