Journal of Singing Credits

The Origin of the Journal Index

JBurginGscale.gifThe online Journal Index is based on a print index, Resources for the Teaching of Singing, created by former NATS president . We are deeply grateful for his generosity in donating this resource for online development and research.

John Burgin, annotator and creator of this online index is currently adjunct professor of voice, Carson-Newman College, where he was named Distinguished Alumnus in 1998. He also holds a MM from Indiana University and a Ph.D. from Peabody/Vanderbilt. He is retired as Professor of Music and Chair of the Voice Department, The University of Louisiana, Monroe. During his tenure there, he was also president of the faculty senate and the organizing first president of the university credit union.

Long active in NATS, he served a term as national president, as well as editor of Inter Nos and as vice president for field activities. He has conducted master classes and clinics in Tennessee, Florida, Montana, Louisiana, North Carolina, and Texas. He is the author of TEACHING SINGING, a graduate textbook in voice pedagogy, published in 1973 and still currently available.

How the online Journal Index was Created

In 2000, when work on the online version began, the print index was not available in any electronic format: the entire document had to be scanned and reconstructed using character recognition software, then edited by humans and prepared for entry into an online database. This was a significant project, and one we are proud to introduce at NATS Online .

The database currently contains bibliographic information and descriptions of NATS journal articles written between 1944-2006. Work on this project continues; current entries are created and added to the Journal Index at regular intervals.


  • Current Editor/Manager of Print Index (including Text, Annotations, Cross-references, and Subject Headings) - NATS member Kristine Hurst-Wajszczuk, University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Additional Thanks

This project would not have been possible without the efforts of NATS Past President Roy Delp, and the encouragement and cooperation of the members of the NATS Executive Office.