The National Association of Teachers of Singing has renewed its partnership with the acclaimed mentor program SongFest for 2014, meaning that two NATS members will receive full-tuition scholarships to a series of mentor classes especially designed for voice teachers and coaches.
SongFest 2014 will be held at The Colburn School in Los Angeles from May 31-June 28. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in performing and teaching classes specifically for mentors, perform in master classes (optional), daily Alexander Technique group classes, engage in two private lessons with selected faculty, perform in one selected concert, and observe all classes. The voice faculty members scheduled to participate at SongFest 2014 include Amy Burton, Gwen Coleman Detwiler, Melanie Emelio, D’Anna Fortunato, Audrey Luna, Susanne Mentzer, Joan Morris, Barbara Paver, Rudolf Piernay, Lisa Saffer, Lucy Shelton, Sanford Sylvan and Frances Young, among others.
“NATS is always excited about expanding its membership benefits,” said Executive Director Allen Henderson. "SongFest is a wonderful opportunity to grow professionally and learn from some of the very best in the profession. We are extremely thankful for this partnership and the opportunity it will provide our members."
Founded in 1996 by Rosemary Hyler Ritter, SongFest is a unique program that focuses on the art of song. Participants from all over the world, ranging in age from high school students to working professionals, gather each summer for an intense program to learn from experts in the field of classical art song.
Tuition for the SongFest Mentor Program is valued at $2,000. Room and board is not included in the scholarship.
The deadline for NATS members to apply for a SongFest Mentor Program scholarship is Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. Applications may be submitted online or via mail. Applicants should mark in the “comments” section that they are applying for the NATS scholarship. A live audition is not required, but applicants must submit two audio recordings. SongFest and NATS will choose two NATS members to attend.