NATS Chat Schedule

NATS Chats, sponsored by Inside View Press, are usually held the second Sunday of each month of the academic year: 9:30-10:30 pm Eastern Time, 8:30-9:30 pm Central, 7:30-8:30 pm Mountain, and 6:30-7:30 pm Pacific. NATS Chat takes a summer hiatus June-August. To register and have an e-mail reminder sent to your inbox on the day of the chat, simply click the link below each session.

NATS Chat 2017-18 season schedule

Guest/Topic: Joan Lader
"Putting it Together: Bit by bit...Day by Day...Week by Week...Year by Year…"
Sponsored by Inside View Press

Date: Oct. 8, 2017
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A Conversation with Joan Lader, honorary Tony Award winner and renowned Broadway voice teacher. Joan Lader has worked as a voice therapist and teacher in private practice in New York City for more than 30 years. Her extensive practice, which includes leading singers and actors from Broadway, film, opera, R&B, rap, and rock, provides training and development of professional singers, and vocal therapy for injured voices.


Guests: Cynthia Vaughn, Michelle Markwart Deveaux, and Nate Plummer
Topic: Growing or Redefining Your Independent Voice Studio as a Small Business, Part 2
Sponsored by Inside View Press
Date: Nov. 12, 2017
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As a follow-up to last Spring’s NATS Chat "Starting and Running Your Independent Voice Studio as a Small Business,” Cynthia Vaughn explores “What’s Next?”—ideas and alternate business models to expand, redefine, or refocus your studio. Cynthia is joined by NATS members Nate Plummer and Michelle Markwart Deveaux.

RESOURCE: "An Introduction to Personalized Subscriptions & Packages for Voices Worldwide," provided by Michelle Markwart Deveaux. DOWNLOAD


Guests: Emerald Lessley, DMA; Sandy Hirsch, MS, CCC-SLP, Liz Jackson Hearns, MM
Topic: Transgender Voices: What Voice Teachers Need to Know
Sponsored by Inside View Press

Co-sponsored by The Voice Foundation
Date: Dec. 10, 2017
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From the fields of both singing teachers and speech language pathology our experienced panel shares a wealth of knowledge when working with this specialized population.

RESOURCES: Provided by Liz Jackson Hearns
Transgender Voices - References and Resources for Teachers DOWNLOAD
Gender Voice Handout DOWNLOAD

Guest: Janice Chapman
Topic: “Singing and Teaching Singing: A Holistic Approach to Classical Voice”
Sponsored by Inside View Press
Date: January 21, 2018
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Renowned voice teacher Janice Chapman discussed her holistic approach to teaching and why it is important for voice teachers to engage in current research to inform their practice. We also explored her approach to the basic physicality of “primal sounds” and more. 

These helpful video resources were also mentioned for further reference:


Guests: Laryngologist Al Merati, MD, and Met Opera singer Michaela Martens
Topic: “Care of the Professional Voice”
Sponsored by Inside View Press
Co-sponsored by The Voice Foundation
Date: February 11, 2018
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Renowned laryngologist Al Merati, MD (University of Washington Otolaryngology Department) and Metropolitan Opera singer Michaela Martens were our guests for a discussion on how to care for the singing voice; stigmas around voice injuries; how not to catastrophize having a voice injury; and other vocal health considerations for singers. The discussion centered around the perspective of both the medical community and the singer, and the importance of understanding this important collaboration. The session was co-moderated by Kari Ragan and Margaret Baroody.

  • Reference at 40:00 - NATS offers, a dynamic information database that is committed to sharing information about the science of voice with the teaching community around the world.
  • Reference at 44:00, NATS advocates for everyone having a voice pedagogy / health / anatomy course or courses. This standard is under the purview of National Association of Schools of Music as an academic accrediting organization.
  • Reference at 47:00, NATS encourages SLPs to study more content about singing and the singing voice.

Date: Sunday, March 11, 2018
Time: 9:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. PT
Guest/Topic: Shannon Coates
“Teaching Very Young Singers"
Sponsored by Inside View Press

Shannon Coates will merge current research with extensive experience to outline reasons independent voice studio teachers should teach very young singers, to articulate appropriate expectations for very young singers, to provide tools and resources for independent voice studio teachers to use when teaching very young singers, and to demonstrate how to incorporate the instruction of very young singers into voice pedagogy curricula.



Date: Sunday, April 8, 2018
Time: 9:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. PT
Guest/Topic: John Nix
“The Hole in the Sky” 
Sponsored by Inside View Press

Successfully guiding tenors/male singers into the upper extension requires patience, creative approaches, which are thoroughly grounded in voice acoustics and physiology, and positive reinforcement. John Nix will join us for an interesting conversation in guiding voice teachers through this process.


Date: Sunday, May 20, 2018 (Third Sunday)
Time: 9:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. PT
Guests/Topic: Melissa Cross, Trineice Robinson-Martin, and Mike Ruckles
“The Broad Spectrum of CCM" 
Sponsored by Inside View Press

The term CCM (Contemporary Commercial Music) is now part of the nomenclature for teachers of singing. However, there is a broad spectrum of sounds within CCM beyond belting. This panel represents a variety of genres and will discuss singing gospel, rock, music theater and more.


2016-17 NATS Chat Archive
Sponsored by Inside View Press

October NATS Chat - Guest: Don Greene, Ph.D., "Performance Success: An Olympic Sports Psychologist Teaches Performing Artists How to Win"

Date: Oct. 9, 2016
Guest: Don Greene, Ph.D.

Performance psychologist Don Greene opened our NATS Chat season with empowering advice for the vocal performer. His story of coaching a pair of Miami Opera apprentices and his own life-changing, first-time-at-the opera experience is one of many inspiring insights from his career. For more information about Don Greene go to

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November NATS Chat - Guest: Cindy Sadler, "The Business of Singing: The Importance of Entrepreneurship for Today's Artist”

Date: Nov. 13, 2016
Guest: Cindy Sadler (Classical Singer)

Savvy singer Cindy Sadler was featured in Sunday evening’s NATS Chat. A columnist for Classical Singer, Cindy addressed a variety of questions on the business side of managing a singing career and gave practical advice tailored for all career stages.

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December NATS Chat - Guests: Dr. Michael Johns, laryngologist, and Peggy Baroody, "The Aging Voice" co-sponsored with The Voice Foundation

Date: Dec. 11, 2016
Guests: Dr. Michael Johns, laryngologist, and Peggy Baroody

Panelists Michael Johns, M.D., and Peggy Baroody led an informative discussion on the topic of "The Aging Voice" for the December 2016 NATS Chat. The panelists answered a variety of questions about the special considerations for singers as their voices age. They emphasized strategies to accommodate, embrace and adapt to these physical changes, in order to remain an effective communicator and artist.   

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January NATS Chat - Guests: Wendy LeBourgne and Marci Rosenberg,"Kinesthetics to Training the Vocal Athlete"

Date: Jan 15, 2017
Guests: Wendy LeBourgne and Marci Rosenberg

In the world of singing, motor learning and exercise physiology are hot topics. Catch the replay with panelists Wendy LeBourgne and Marci Rosenberg for a lively conversation on "Kinesthetics to Training the Vocal Athlete."   

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February NATS Chat - Guest: Dr. Scott McCoy, “How Much Science Do We Really Need to Know?"

Date: Feb. 12, 2017
Guest: Dr. Scott McCoy

Dr. Scott McCoy presented the topic, “How Much Science Do We Really Need to Know.” The author of “Your Voice and Inside View” shared direct advice the application of science in the voice lesson.

Several of the opening slides did not display properly in this recording, so we have provided a link to Dr. McCoy's complete slide presentation. Click HERE to view the slides.


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March NATS Chat - Guest: Cynthia Vaughn, "Starting and Running Your Independent Voice Studio as a Small Business"

Date: March 19, 2017 
Guest: Cynthia Vaughn

NATS Chat guest Cynthia Vaughn led the topic "Starting and Running Your Independent Voice Studio as a Small Business," while addressing dozens of questions and comments from participants. Cynthia serves as the "Independent Voices" associate editor of the NATS "Inter Nos" newsletter.  

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April NATS Chat - Guest: Lisa Popeil, "Transitioning from Classical to CCM Vocal Styles"

Date: April 9, 2017 
Guest: Lisa Popeil

Celebrity LA voice coach Lisa Popeil, MFA in Voice, is one of America's top voice experts. Based in Los Angeles, Lisa offers vocal lessons, workshops, the Total Singer DVD and Voiceworks®, featuring innovative tools for safe 'belting' for musical theater and commercial vocal styles. Lisa shared her valuable knowledge and gave practical demonstrations during this lively hour. You'll also want to download her excellent Voiceworks® handout.  

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Student NATS "SNATS Chat" - Guest: Lynn Helding, "NOT Lost in Translation: Adapting Classical Technique to Musical Theatre Styles” 

Date: April 23, 2017 
Featuring: Lynn Helding, guest; Errik Hood, moderator

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.” Dr. 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.



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May NATS Chat - Guest: Robert Edwin, "Teaching the Young (and Very Young) Performer" 

Date: May 21, 2017
Guest: Robert Edwin
Co-sponsored with The Voice Foundation

“Although child voice pedagogy has finally begun to emerge from the dark hole of ‘don't teach children systematic voice technique before the teen years,’ remnants from the bad old days still hang around,” says Robert Edwin. He is amazed at the large number of his fellow pedagogues who still view children as vocally fragile creatures. “Simply put, it just ain't true!” Peggy Baroody also served as a panelist and Kari Ragan hosted the session. 



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2015-16 NATS Chat Archive
Sponsored by Inside View Press

October NATS Chat - Audition Recordings: Considerations for YAP and Academic Programs.

Date: Oct. 11, 2015
Time: 9:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. PT
Guests: Panel of Amy Burton (Mannes School of Music); Matt Edwards (Shenandoah Conservatory); Brian DeMaris (Aspen Music Festival)

Listen to the October 2015 NATS Chat

November NATS Chat - Sheri Sanders 

Date: Nov. 8, 2015
Time: 9:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. PT
Guest/Topic: Sheri Sanders - Rock the audition

December NATS Chat - Young Artist Programs-DVD and CD applications:  Progress or Punishment? Panel Discussion

Date: Dec. 13, 2015
Time: 9:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. PT
Guest/Topic: Young Artist Programs-DVD and CD applications:  Progress or Punishment? With panelists Dean WIlliamson, Ann Baltz (OperaWorks) 

January NATS Chat - Ken Bozeman

Date: Jan. 10, 2016
Time: 9:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. PT
Guest/Topic: Ken Bozeman - The Vocal Acoustic Landscape: How to Solve the Challenges Singers Face Across Range 

Watch the January 2016 NATS Chat

February NATS Chat - The Voice Team vs. the Vocal Injury: Who does what, when, where and why

Date: MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016
Time: 9:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. PT
Guests: Panel of Margaret (Peggy) Baroody, Sharon Radionoff and Karen Wicklund

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March NATS Chat - A Conversation with Dolora Zajick co-sponsored with The Voice Foundation

Date: March 13, 2016
Time: 9:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. PT
Guest/Topic: A Conversation with Dolora Zajick co-sponsored with The Voice Foundation

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April NATS Chat - Hormones and the Voice: Dr. Jean Abitbol, co-sponsored by The Voice Foundation

Date: April 10, 2016
Time: 5:30 p.m. ET / 2:30 p.m. PT (NOTE: Time change from our usual slot.)
Guest/Topic: Hormones and the Voice: Dr. Jean Abitbol, co-sponsored by The Voice Foundation

Listen to the April 2016 NATS Chat

May NATS Chat - Dr. Scott McCoy and Inside View Press

Date: May 15, 2016
Time: 9:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. PT
Guest/Topic: Topic TBA