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The National Association of Teachers of Singing encourages the formation of student chapters in order to advance knowledge about the association and the professions of teaching and singing.

A Student NATS (SNATS) Chapter is an organization of students that can meet, hold events and discussions, participate, practice, and learn more about voice teaching as a profession.

In order to form a SNATS Chapter, a Full or Associate NATS member in good standing, or a student who is a potential chapter officer, may petition the SNATS Coordinator on behalf of a group of students to grant a SNATS Chapter charter. The Vice President for Outreach serves as the SNATS Coordinator. SNATS Chapter members may be invited to local NATS meetings, and they are always welcome to attend NATS workshops, conferences, and other events at a special student registration rate.

"A tremendous gap exists between the student years and the professional teaching years. SNATS Chapters mentor young singers into the profession at a grass roots level, and provide opportunities for supplementary information and education within NATS." — Dr. Kathryn Proctor Duax, Past President of NATS 

Join an Existing SNATS Chapter

Ask a local NATS member, or check our online SNATS directory to see if a SNATS Chapter already exists in your school, community or studio. If it does, join today! If not, find out how to establish a new SNATS Chapter, so you and other interested students can join in the fun. 

Establish a New SNATS Chapter

If you are a student who would like to start a chapter at your university, in your studio, or in your local community, you'll need five students to begin a chapter, plus at least one member of NATS (Associate or Full) to act as your Chapter Advisor. Contact the SNATS Coordinator to get details on how easy it is to apply to be an official SNATS Chapter!

If you have difficulty finding an advisor, contact the SNATS Coordinator to find other NATS members in your area who may be willing to help.

SNATS chapter members are not members of NATS; therefore SNATS chapter members do not pay national dues. 

SNATS Chapter Membership

Most chapters establish their own local dues to pay for the cost of programs and events. And, chapters may apply for SNATS Grants. SNATS chapter members receive a reduced $30 student rate on a one-year subscription to Journal of Singing (full price is $65). This scholarly journal contains articles on all aspects of singing, voice science, voice pedagogy, literature, and diction. Order Journal of Singing through your SNATS advisor. The SNATS Chapter Advisor collects the student subscription orders in bulk, and then coordinates those subscriptions with the NATS national office.

NATS Student Membership

Although SNATS Chapter members are not required to be members of NATS, a new NATS Student Membership Category was initiated in 2017. Students can become members of NATS and partake in many of the benefits that their teachers enjoy. Learn more about NATS Student Membership benefits, including FREE digital access to the Journal of Singing, and become a part of community of nearly 7,000 teaching and singing professionals.


SNATS Chat is a live online, real-time discussion for students and singers. SNATS Chats are held twice a year, in fall and spring. Participation is free. View upcoming SNATS Chats and replays.

Grant Opportunities

Grants are available to assist SNATS chapters in sponsoring master classes, lectures, recitals, workshops, and other activities that enrich the professional life of SNATS members. View details.


For more information about Student NATS (SNATS) Chapters, please contact SNATS Coordinator Nicholas Perna at