History of NATS

The 2010s

President Donald Simonson 2010-2012

  • Simonson_7084_BW-web.jpgSimonson attended the National ACDA Conference in Chicago, Illinois and presented sessions titled “Choral Directors are from Mars and Voice Teachers are From Venus: Sing from the Diaphragm and Other Vocal Mistructions” and “The Top 10 List: Complaints from Both Sides of the Aisle” with Sharon Hansen, Allen Henderson, Scott McCoy, and Brenda Smith.
  • NATS’ involvement with the Carnegie Hall/RCM-Toronto Achievement Program
  • NATS membership reached an all time high of 7,360
  • Seed money provided by a major gift from the estate of Alice Mae Riley, allowed NATS to establish a new national competition, modeled on the existing Artist Award program, which is focused on singers who specialize in music theater performance named the “NATS National Music Theater Competition”
  • President Simonson traveled to Manhattan to speak as NATS’ representative at the Memorial Service for Shirlee Emmons on August 14, 2010. With the support of her husband Rollin Baldwin, Shirlee bequeathed $100,000 to NATS to establish the Shirlee Emmons/Berton Coffin Endowment Fund.
  • Simonson also served as the American representative on the Jury of the 66th Concours de Geneve

 President Kathryn Proctor Duax 2012-2014

  • KPD_LifeTouch_pic_10-11_.jpgMay 28-June 1 Duax attended and presented a master class at the annual Voice Foundation meeting in Philadelphia.
  • Great efforts were made to share timely news on the NATS website, through Inter Nos and Intermezzo.
  • June 11-13, 2012 Duax attended and presented a panel discussion and a lecture/discussion for the NATS Intern Program at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • The Federal Trade Commission challenged NATS regarding a statement in the ethics code. The Executive Committee settled the issue with the help of the NATS attorney and the Executive Director.


President Norman Spivey 2014-2016

  • Norman_Spivey-color-1-6-2014.jpgNATS witnessed the first-ever regional auditions in several regions.
  • President Spivey represented NATS at the Voice Pedagogy Summit in Columbus, OH
  • President Spivey authored Journal of Singing article with Mary Saunders-Barton and Christy Turnbow, “Training the Next Generation of Music Theater Voice Teachers: Penn State’s First MFA Pedagogy Grad Takes Stock”
  • Spivey hosted the Allegheny Mountain Chapter NATS Fall Meeting, on October 3, 2015
  • Spivey presented a master class at the Northwest Region Conference on “Cross Training in the Studio: Enhancing Vocalism by Working in Both Classical and Music Theater Styles,” on March 4-6 2016. He also served as a NATSAA adjudicator
  • The Board approved moving NATSAA and NMTC semifinals and finals to Winter Workshop in 2018 and holding the workshop biennially in New York City.