NATS Chats, sponsored by Inside View Press, are live online, real-time discussions for voice teachers and singers. Topics vary widely and have included classical and CCM (Contemporary Commercial Music) vocal technique, vocal repertoire, teaching strategies, business strategies for private studio teachers, resources for university teachers, and arts advocacy. Guests have included prominent teachers, authors, composers, and artists. Your host for NATS Chats is Dr. Kari Ragan, Puget Sound Chapter NATS member.
Beginning in 2014, Inside View Press is providing sponsorship that is allowing the format to change to a high-definition web video format, which is powered by GoToWebinar. Up to 250 participants may join each session.
Soprano Kari Ragan holds degrees from Indiana University (BM, MM) and the University of Washington (DMA). In 2012, Dr. Ragan was the recipient of the Van L. Lawrence Fellowship. This prestigious award is presented jointly by The Voice Foundation and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Additionally, she was the recipient of the NATS Pedagogy Award, and earned the NYSTA Distinguished Voice Professional Certificate and the Wicklund Singing Voice Specialist Certificate. Dr. Ragan serves on the voice faculty at the University of Washington and works in affiliation with their Laryngology Program to habilitate injured singers.
Dr. Ragan has presented at conferences for NATS, NCVS and the Voice Foundation Symposium in additional to having several published articles. As a result of her three specialties (classical pedagogy, CCM pedagogy and an SVS) she is frequently sought after as a clinician and adjudicator for workshops and masterclasses.
NATS Chats were established in 1996 by NATS member Cynthia Vaughn who created a NATS message board in the early days of America Online. In 1998, NATS Chats moved to the new NATS website designed by Yvonne Dechance. NATS presence on the Internet continued in 2006 with a redesigned website. For its tenth anniversary, Matt Hoch of Shorter College became NATS Chat coordinator and host.
Visit the NATS Chat Room to sign up for an e-mail reminder on the day of the event.