NATS Chat, sponsored by Inside View Press, is a live online, real-time discussion 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 and coordinator for NATS Chat is Dr. Kari Ragan (pictured), Puget Sound Chapter NATS member and Artist in Residence at the University of Washington School of Music Voice Department.
In 2014, Inside View Press began providing sponsorship to offer a high-definition web video format, powered by GoToWebinar. NATS Chats are open to all. All sessions are recorded and are accessible in our archive.
NATS Chat was established in 1996 by NATS member Cynthia Vaughn who created a NATS message board in the early days of America Online. NATS Chat online presence continued in 2006 with a redesigned website. For its tenth anniversary, Matthew Hoch became NATS Chat coordinator and host.
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Kari Ragan, soprano, is Artist in Residence at the University of Washington School of Music Voice Department where she teaches applied voice, voice pedagogy, diction, and vocal literature courses. Dr. Ragan works in affiliation with the University of Washington Department of Otolaryngology, and Speech and Hearing Sciences Clinic as an SVS to rehabilitate injured singers. Additionally, she has maintained a private voice for over thirty years teaching emerging and professional singers in both classical and Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) genres.
Dr. Ragan holds degrees from Indiana University (BM, MM) and University of Washington (DMA). In 2012, she was awarded the Van L. Lawrence Fellowship in recognition of her contribution to the training and science of the singing voice. Her research for this fellowship was “The Impact of Vocal Cool-Down Exercises: A Subjective Study of Singers’ and Listeners’ Perceptions.”
Additional professional achievements include the NATS Pedagogy Award, Wicklund Singing Voice Specialist Certificate (2010-2015), and The New York Singing Teachers (NYSTA) Association’s Distinguished Voice Professional Certificate. Dr. Ragan has presented at conferences for NATS, Voice Foundation Symposium, National Center for Voice and Speech, PAVA, and International Congress of Voice Teachers (ICVT). She is a founding member and organizer of the Northwest Voice Conference: Art and Science of the Performing Voice, a charter member of the Pan American Vocology Association (PAVA) and is a NATS Foundation Board Member. Her articles have appeared in Journal of Singing, Journal of Voice, among other publications. Dr. Ragan serves as the coordinator and host of NATS Chat webinars.