The National Association of Teachers of Singing fosters 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 may petition the SNATS Coordinator on behalf of a group of students to grant a SNATS Chapter charter. The Vice-President of Outreach serves as the SNATS Coordinator. SNATS Chapter members may be invited to local NATS meetings, and 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 

Joining an Existing SNATS Chapter

Ask a member of your voice faculty, the SNATS Coordinator (listed below), or check our online SNATS directory to see if a SNATS Chapter already exists at your school. If it does, join today! If not, find out how to establish a new SNATS Chapter, so you and your classmates can join in the fun. 

Establishing a New SNATS Chapter

Next SNATS Chat:

Sunday evening, November 18, 2018

Time: 9:30 p.m. Eastern; 8:30 p.m. Central; 7:30 p.m. Mountain; and 6:30 p.m. Pacific.


TREINKMAN_MELISSAcr2x3.jpgOur guest will be Melissa Treinkman, who will offer SNATS members a concrete series of steps and tips to build a voice studio from the ground up. The biggest concern for most new teachers, recruiting and retaining students, will be the focus. Other topics will include: teaching space, advertising, studio policies, web visibility, and the psychology of sales as it relates to voice teachers. The session will be moderated by Dr. Errik Hood, assistant professor and voice area head at Utah State University.

SNATS Chat is a live online, real-time discussion for students and singers. SNATS Chat is held twice a year, in fall and spring. The one-hour session is generally held on Sunday evening. Participation is free.

SNATS Chat Replays

Spring 2017 Student NATS (SNATS) Chat
NOT Lost in Translation
Date: April 23, 2017

Student NATS members gathered online for a first-ever SNATS Chat. The topic was “NOT Lost in Translation: Adapting Classical Technique to Musical Theatre Styles.” Errik Hood, assistant professor and voice area head at Utah State University, moderated the session and our guest was Lynn Helding, Associate Professor of Voice & Vocal Pedagogy at University of Southern California. CLICK TO WATCH

Fall 2017 Student NATS (SNATS) Chat
Strategic Practice
Date: November 5, 2017
The featured guest was Cindy Dewey, offering her presentation, “Strategic Practice: What is it? And How to do it. Lessons from motor learning theory and learning theory and their practical applications in the singer’s practice room.” Errik Hood, assistant professor and voice area head at Utah State University, served as moderator. CLICK TO WATCH (Please note - there is audio difficulty between the 2:45 and 4:15 marks.) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD Cindy Dewey's "Strategic Practice" presentation.

Spring 2018 Student NATS (SNATS) Chat
Overcoming Performance Anxiety
Date: April 15, 2018
The featured guest was Sharon Stohrer presenting “Overcoming Performance Anxiety: Mindfulness and Focus in the Age of Distraction.” Errik Hood, assistant professor and voice area head at Utah State University, served as moderator.


CLICK TO DOWNLOAD Sharon Stohrer's "Overcoming Performance Anxiety" presentation.


If you have ideas for future SNATS Chat topics, you can send an email to .

If you are a student who would like to start a chapter, 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.

NATS members may also start a SNATS chapter. You'll need five students to begin. Any Associate or Full member of NATS in good standing may act as an advisor for a SNATS Chapter. Co-advisors are also welcome. Contact the SNATS Coordinator for details on how to get a new chapter started.

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 $55). 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 now become members of NATS and partake in many of the benefits that their teachers enjoy. Click HERE for 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.


For more information about Student NATS (SNATS) Chapters, send an email to Alison Feldt, SNATS Coordinator, at