The executive office of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) announced this week that 12 members have been selected to participate in the 2014 NATS Intern Program, a 10-day forum that pairs experienced and recognized master teachers of voice with talented, young teaching professionals.
This year’s class includes teachers who primarily teach in university settings, as well as those who operate independent studios. This year's interns will work with master teachers Kathryn Duax, Brian Horne, Jonathan Retzlaff and Mary Saunders Barton at Ohio State University in Columbus from June 10-19. Donald Simonson is the director of this year's NATS Intern Program, while Scott McCoy is the on-site coordinator.
The NATS Intern Program Class of 2014:
Hugh (Conor) Angell – Upland, Ind. (Taylor University)
Dennis Bassett – Emporia, Kan. (Emporia State University)
Minnita Daniel-Cox – Dayton, Ohio (University of Dayton)
Julia K. Foster – Winter Park, Fla. (Rollins College)
Laura Hynes – Hopkins, Minn. (Main Street School of Performing Arts)
Grant Knox – Greenville, S.C. (Furman University)
Joshua May – Providence, R.I. (University of Michigan - Flint)
Chad Payton – Cleveland, Miss. (Delta State University)
Deborah Popham – Rome, Ga. – (Shorter University)
Emily Sinclair – Chicago – (Private Studio)
Hope Fairchild Thacker – Corpus Christi, Texas (Texas A&M – Corpus Christi)
Christy Turnbow – New York (Montclair State University & Private Studio)
The NATS Intern Program is held annually. Application materials for 2015 will be available in late summer. If you are interested in contributing to the support of the program, donations can be made to the James McKinney Memorial Fund through the NATS Foundation.
"My participation as an intern was truly a life-changing experience for me. It helped me to grow exponentially as a teacher and instilled in me a desire to continually improve and evolve in my work with students." - Tana Field, former participant in the NATS Intern Program