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 2022 NATSAA semifinal and final rounds will take place in early January 2022 (Dates and location TBA).
"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 (dates and locations TBA).
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 - List of regional audition dates and locations TBA.
Online application will be available in Fall 2020.
NATS encourages its members, their students, accompanists and the general population to become educated about, and to comply with, all applicable copyright laws. Reproduction of a copyrighted work constitutes copyright infringement unless a license to reproduce such work has been obtained, the use is considered fair use, the work is in the public domain, or a valid exception to copyright infringement exists.
NATS requires students, teachers and other participants in NATS affiliated events, auditions and competitions to affirm compliance with the NATS Copyright Policy, and to use only authorized reproductions of copyrighted works.
NATS has unwavering support for the importance of compliance with copyright laws, and the support of our colleagues whose creative works sustain a vibrant and living art form. Please refer to our Copyright Resources page for more information on copyright laws. This resource page is part of our effort to educate and promote copyright compliance among all constituencies within NATS and the general public.