The NATS Artist Awards (NATSAA) competition is designed to assist singers prepared to launch a professional career and, to that end, substantial monetary and performance prizes are offered.
The NATSAA semifinal and final rounds are held in New York City, in proximity to a wide audience of artist managers and industry professionals. The competition takes place every other year. Preliminary competitions are held regionally and national semifinals/finals take place in conjunction with the NATS National Workshop in New York.
The 2020 NATSAA final round will take place in January 2020 (date to be determined) in New York at the Roosevelt Hotel Grand Ballroom. The event is open to the public for $10 general admission seating, available at the door. The Roosevelt Hotel is located at 45 East 45th Street & Madison Avenue.
"Throughout its history, the purpose of this [NATSAA] competition has been to select, through a series of elimination rounds on the district, regional, and national levels, singers whose artistry indicates that they are ready for a professional career and to encourage them toward that goal with a cash prize and the opportunity for performance engagements." - Edward Baird, President of NATS, 1985-1987
Note: Performers in NATS-sponsored auditions, competitions, recitals, and other activities such as workshops, shall perform from lawful editions and shall support and obey the law relative to copyright and the NATS Copyright Policy.
ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ELECTRONICALLY
If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the NATS Executive Office at 904-992-9101 or . (See below for repertoire questions.) The completed application, including payment of the fee of $75 U.S. by credit card must be submitted online through the NATS website no later than . Late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered.
1.Online applications must include:
a.payment of the non-refundable entry fee of $75.00 in U.S. funds via credit card (Visa or MasterCard). No refunds will be given.
b.Applicants MUST provide proof of legal age at the regional audition site. This proof must be provided in the form of an original, government-issued document such as a valid driver’s license, and the applicant must provide a copy of this documentation that will be retained by the Association until the completion of the NATSAA competition. Failure to bring both the original and the copy of this documentation will result in disqualification. (COPY CANNOT BE RETURNED)
c.the NATS member number AND Email address of the applicant or the sponsoring NATS teacher
d.complete entries for all repertoire, including:
1) TITLE and LANGUAGE of each selection
2) COMPOSER of each selection
3) KEY of each selection
4) ACCURATE TIMING (duration) of each selection
5) SONG IN/AFTER 1950: you must indicate which selection meets this requirement. (see c. below)
6) You must enter your audition repertoire in the online application IN THE ORDER LISTED BELOW.
2. Completion and submission of the application is followed by Region Preliminary Auditions
Applicants must compete in the regional audition of their legal residence or where they are currently studying singing.
Have repertoire or copyright questions?
All questions specific to the rules and regulations, copyright, or about repertoire and requirements, should be directed to the NATS .
The repertoire list need not be thought of as comprising a complete recital program. The Applicants and their teachers might want to consider, however, that national finalists will, in fact, present a fifteen minute program of their choosing from the submitted repertoire.
a.An aria from an opera to be sung in the original language and key.
b.An aria from a major oratorio, mass, requiem, or cantata to be sung in the original key.
c.Twelve (12) additional recital selections divided into four groups. The number of pieces in each group may vary. Each group, except the IV. English set (3 selection required), must have at least 2 selections. At least 1 art song in Groups II, III, or IV must be composed in 1950 or after. The song written in 1950 or after MUST BE IDENTIFIED and the date of composition given after the title.
I.Songs or arias composed before 1800. No more than two arias may be included in this group.
II.German Lieder or French Mélodies.
III.A second group of National Art Songs consisting of any languages that are not presented in Sections II and IV. If you choose Slavic/Russian song, please list title in English, but indicate the language you will sing. DO NOT submit the title in Cyrillic.
IV.American, Canadian, or British Art Songs. Art songs with English as the original language. A minimum of three songs must be included in this group.
Applicants may secure the date and location of regional auditions from their teachers, district or regional governors, and the NATS web page.
The National Association of Teachers of Singing endorses a strict policy regarding copyright laws. The use of photocopied music is prohibited at all NATS sponsored events, from the national to the chapter level.
(Use of music from IMSLP is for music that is NOT easily available from any other source. Applicants are expected to use music they have purchased, in the form of actual scores or from another commercial online source. Use of IMSLP should be restricted to music that is otherwise out of print.)
NATS greatly appreciates the efforts of AIMS, DCINY, Hal Leonard Corporation, the NATS Foundation and the Franco-American Vocal Academy for providing prizes for the NATS Artist Awards Competition.