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The biennial NATS National Conference attracts NATS members and others from around the world to share in programs, demonstrations, lectures, master classes and competitions that help celebrate the art of singing and increase knowledge of teachers to help them better assist their students.

The 56th NATS National Conference will be held June 26-30, 2020, in Knoxville, Tennessee, at the Knoxville Convention Center.

Featuring Internationally-Acclaimed American Tenor
Lawrence Brownlee


“I am so looking forward to being a guest artist at the 2020 NATS conference. NATS was very much a part of my educational experience in my undergrad years. The exposure, advice and awards I was fortunate to receive gave me the confirmation and confidence to pursue a career in music. I am excited to be part of this ongoing tradition!”
-- Lawrence Brownlee



Registration is now open! The best rates are available now with our early bird rates good through April 1, 2020.

Refund & Cancellation Policy: Cancellation requests will be honored through April 1, 2020. The NATS Executive Office must be notified of your intention to cancel in writing at the following address: 9957 Moorings Drive, Suite 401, Jacksonville, FL 32257, or by email ( Notice may also be sent by fax to 904-262-2587. Cancellations are not accepted by phone; they must be in writing. All refunds are subject to an administrative fee of $50.00 USD. Refunds cannot be applied to subsequent events and will be issued after the event has concluded.

Because NATS arranges all the meeting logistics based on the number of registrants at the time of the registration cutoff dates and commits to pay for those services, we are unable to grant any refunds after the cancellation deadline.

Volunteer Opportunities

Please make plans now to help support the NATS 56th National Conference, June 26 - 30, 2020, in Knoxville, TN, by giving a gift of time and volunteering to help with registration, session support, ticket staffing, being a Welcome Ambassador, or volunteer support staff member. Any gift of time will be greatly appreciated and will ensure that you are an important part of this wonderful event. CLICK HERE for more information.


Karen Brunssen, NATS President
Linda Snyder, NATS Past President
Carole Blankenship, NATS President-Elect

Marjorie B. Stephens, Program Co-Chair
Angela Easterday Holder, Program Co-Chair In Memoriam
Wendy Mullen, Coordinating Committee Chair
Diana Allan, NATS Vice President for Auditions
Dan Johnson-Wilmot, National Student Auditions Coordinator
Jeffrey Williams, National Student Auditions Local Assistant Coordinator
Chadley Ballantyne, Registration Coordinator
Amy Jarman, Guest Artist Coordinator
Andrew Skoog, Singers/Pianists Coordinator
Mark Kano, Volunteer Coordinator
Joshua Zink, Stage Management for Plenary Sessions
Rita Larkin, Volunteer at Large
Sue Chapo, Volunteer at Large
Clark Measesls, Volunteer at Large
Nicholas Perna, Poster Paper Sessions Coordinator

Allen Henderson, NATS Executive Director
Deborah Guess, NATS Director of Operations
Mark McQuade, NATS Competitions and Auditions Coordinator
Mandy Ruddock, NATS Special Events/Conference Assistant

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