NATS offers a cash award, plus a performance of the winning composition at a NATS Conference, to the composer of the winning song cycle, group of songs, or extended single song. This annual competition is open to any composer whose submitted work meets the prescribed requirements, and who pays the competition entry fee.
"The purpose of the Art Song Composition Award [formerly the Vocal Composition Award] program... is to stimulate the creation of quality vocal literature through the cooperation of singer and composer."
—Carol Mikkelsen, NATS Art Song Composition Award Coordinator
Pictured at the NATS 2016 National Conference are
Lori Laitman, Art Song Composition Award benefactor,
and David Conte, winner of the 2016 Art Song Composition Award.
NATS has teamed up with Cincinnati Song Initiative (CSI) to provide a new and exciting opportunity for composers. Following each annual NATS Art Song Composition Award, composers will have their winning selection programmed on a future CSI concert. This provides an invaluable repeat performance for composers’ work and introduces them to enthusiastic Cincinnati audiences. Through this partnership, NATS is expanding the impact of its Art Song Composition Award and helping CSI solidify its role as a national leader for innovating the art song genre.
The work must be:
Cash prizes generously sponsored by American composer Lori Laitman:
Each entry is $30 for professionals; $15 for full-time students (payable in U.S. funds to NATS).
Entries must be received through the NATS online portal no later than Dec. 1, 2018.
All applications for the Art Song Composition Award are submitted electronically.
Application portal will be open later this year.
The following are required material for entry:
If you have any questions, contact Dr. Carol Mikkelsen at .
Benjamin C.S. Boyle for Spirits in Bondage, based on the poetry of C.S. Lewis and arranged for Baritone and Piano (Read More)
Click here to listen to audio tracks of all of the 2018 Winners and Finalists on SoundCloud.
Matt Boehler for Foursquare Cathedral (Read More)
Poems by Todd Boss
Click HERE, or below, to watch the performance video.
Click here to listen to audio tracks of all of the 2017 Winners and Finalists on SoundCloud.
David Conte for American Death Ballads
Robert Patterson for American Pierrot: A Langston Hughes Songbook
Performed July 7, 2014 at the National Association of Teachers of Singing National Conference in Boston. Sung by Robert Wells, Allen Henderson and Tod Fitzpatrick, with collaborative pianist Michelle Beaton.
Melissa Dunphy for Tesla's Pigeon
A performance of the winning piece of the 2012 NATS Art Song Composition Award, "Tesla's Pigeon" by Melissa Dunphy, performed by Collen Gray, soprano, and Nanette Solomon, piano. View the text on the official Tesla's Pigeon website.
David Sisco for Missed Connections (Text from Craigslist.com)
Please enjoy the performance of the winning composition of the 2010 Art Song Composition Award, with an introduction of the winning composer, David Sisco, by Carol Mikkelson. Missed Connections is performed by Elizabeth Mondragon and accompanied by Dr. Andrew Adams. You may view this video at http://youtu.be/loyND9gzvG0.