National Association of Teachers of Singing presents:

National Musical Theatre Competition Gala Finals

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A special concert event with the next generation of musical theatre stars!

Monday, January 8, 2024
Neidorff-Karpati Hall at Manhattan School of Music

New this year, VIP tickets include a pre-show champagne reception with industry insiders.

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  • More than 1,000 singer/actors have participated in six previous competitions since NMTC premiered in 2012.
  • A powerful collaboration between New York professional theatre, the world’s largest network of voice teachers, and visionary investors in musical theatre
  • The competition cultivates young, diverse, promising talent to carry the banner of musical theatre into the future

Special Guests

Seth, Kelli, Adam, Broadway Stars

  • Acclaimed host, pianist, and radio personality Seth Rudetsky will emcee the competition.
  • Tony Award-winning actor and singer Kelli O’Hara is the honorary host.
  • Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist Adam Guettel will serve as one of the competition judges.

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Honoring Florence Birdwell

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  • NMTC 2024 is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Florence Birdwell — NATS member and legendary teacher at Oklahoma City University.
  • Florence Birdwell taught her students how to transform from a singer to an artist. She taught them to understand and empower themselves, to celebrate life, pain, and love, and to communicate what they had to say in order to better connect both with themselves and with others.
  • We carry her inspiration forward - infusing this competition with her insight and her spirit so that we do more than acknowledge her legacy. We build on it.

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Notable NMTC Alumni

NMTC alums bannerPast participants of the NATS National Musical Theatre Competition (NMTC) have gone on to be in major Broadway productions, including Aladdin, Dear Evan Hansen, On Your Feet, Bad Cinderella, Phantom of the Opera, Hello, Dolly!, Carousel and more. 

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Tickets and Sponsorship

From VIP seating to a pre-show champagne reception, make plans now to take part in our celebratory 2024 NMTC Gala Finals. Sponsorships, naming opportunities, and premier advertising options are available.

Help create the future of musical theatre. One of hope, inspiration, and the priceless gift of changed lives. Your generous support is what will make NMTC 2024 a success.

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Campaign Leadership

  • Frank Ragsdale - Chair
  • Sue Matsuki – Gala Producer
  • Alisa Belflower
  • Brian Birdwell
  • Robyn Birdwell
  • Tiffan Borelli
  • Stephen Coker
  • Barbara DeMaio
  • Nathan Gunn
  • Lisa Reagan Love
  • Jennifer Mather
  • Catherine McDaniel
  • Jan McDaniel
  • Cassie Okenka
  • Meredith Pyle
  • Matt Redmond
  • Jerry Steichen
  • Lara Teeter
  • Katie Travis
  • Sarah Wigley

Thank you to our Donors and Sponsors

Our deepest gratitude goes to the donors whose generosity and belief in the power of musical theatre have enriched the National Musical Theatre Competition and empowered the next generation of talented performers.


  • Lisa Reagan Love
  • Linda June Snyder
  • Drs. Robyn and Brian Birdwell, children of Florence and Robert Birdwell
  • Allen and Ann Henderson 


  • Julie and Josh Krugman
  • Frank Ragsdale
  • Colin Rockson
  • Deborah A. Hall
  • Bob Bryan and Jennifer Lee
  • Geraldine Bryan
  • Sue Matsuki 


  • Dr. Jeffrey Richard Carter
  • Stephen Coker
  • Ned Rockson
  • Craig Tompkins
  • Dr. Robert Gagel
  • Libby Keller
  • William and Melissa Mueller
  • Lara and Kristen Teeter
  • Elizabeth Teeter
  • Melinda Decker Fitzgerald
  • Jennifer Mather
  • Torin Wesley Chiles
  • Nicole Leupp Hanig
  • Will Mann
  • Marita Stryker
  • Barbara Fox DeMaio
  • Erin Anderson
  • Alisa Belflower
  • Kyle Dillingham

Thank You to Our Sponsors


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