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In 1952, the Southwest District Convention featured a student competition, the first of what would later be known as NATS Student Auditions. As NATS grew, so did student auditions, and now thousands of students participate in chapter, district, and region auditions each year, providing students with constructive feedback on their progress and deemed by members as one of the most important activities NATS organizes.
Originally for classical repertoire only, auditions now encompass music theater, spirituals and other contemporary musical styles and genres as well. NATS members provide thousands of hours of volunteer service to organize, execute, and judge auditions each year – providing a valuable service to singers of all ages. Previously, student auditions ended at the region level in many parts of the country.
In 2013, the NATS Board of Directors approved the launch of NATIONAL level student auditions for the first time in NATS history, which began in 2014. National semifinal and final rounds are held every summer, alternating in conjunction with the NATS National Conference and NATS National Workshop. The 2018 semifinal and final rounds will be held in Las Vegas during the 55th NATS National Conference (June 22-26, 2018).
Student singers may only advance to the National Student Auditions (NSA) through their respective regional Student Auditions (SA).
Eligible singers from each region will be required to complete their individualized online application by April 13, 2018, which will include the submission of YouTube videos for adjudication by a panel of national adjudicators. Each singer will receive performance comments from three expert adjudicators.
The top fourteen singers in each category from the YouTube round of competition will be invited to the live National Semifinals on Friday, June 22, which will be held during the NATS 55th National Conference in Las Vegas - June 22-26, 2018.
The top three singers in each category from the semifinal round of competition will advance to the live National Finals on Sunday, June 24, which will be held during the NATS 55th National Conference in Las Vegas - June 22-26, 2018.
Check out what's in store for students at the NATS National Conference
We've planned a schedule of activities geared for students during the National Student Audition dates, including highlights of interest to attend at the NATS National Conference.
Make sure to check out the resources below for more information!