Dates: May 2021
Location: University of Dayton, Dayton, OH
Director of the NATS Intern Program: Linda J. Snyder, University of Dayton
Local Coordinator: Minnita Daniel-Cox, University of Dayton
Vocal Literature Liaison: Tana Field, Murray State University
Ollie Watts Davis (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Lorna MacDonald (University of Toronto)
Dean Southern (Cleveland Institute of Music)
Cynthia Vaughn (Independent Studio, WA)
Margo Garrett (The Juilliard School, retired)
The NATS Intern Program is an exceptional training experience that seeks to pair expert and recognized master teachers with talented early career members of NATS. Within an intensive format designed to promote the dynamic exchange of ideas and techniques, the goal is to improve substantially the studio teaching skills of voice interns and the coaching skills of collaborative piano interns.
Voice interns teach four lessons each to two students (preferably one male and one female) and participate in master classes and coaching under the supervision of master teachers. Collaborative piano interns accompany lessons, perform in master classes and other sessions as appropriate, and coach voice interns under the supervision of the collaborative piano master teacher. In addition, the master teachers, a vocal literature liaison, and selected guests present special lectures and demonstrations.
The voice master teachers typically include collegiate and independent studio teachers who specialize in 'classical' singing, in 'non-classical' styles, and who have experience in the needs of the private studio. Interns are normally assigned to work with a master teacher in the area of the Interns' area of specialization. Independent studio teachers are strongly urged to apply.
NATS and the NATS Foundation provide tuition, housing, and meals. Interns are responsible for their travel expenses, though they may request financial assistance from their NATS chapters or regions as well as from their institutions of employment.
Pictured: Collaborative piano participants in the 2019 intern program (from left) J. Bradley Baker, Michael Womack, and Allan Armstrong.
Testimonials from 2019 interns:
“It was, indeed, career-shaping, and I will never forget the things I learned and the people who have now become part of my vocal family.”
“The most valuable part was absolutely working with my master teacher…. He went above and beyond for us pianists.”
“This program was exactly what my mentors told me it would be and more: the single most formative experience of my early teaching career…. And more than anything, I am so thankful for the lasting relationships I forged with the other interns.”
Pictured: From the 2018 intern program (from left) Angela Yoon, Margaret Cusack (master teacher), Todd Wedge, Arlene Shrut (master teacher), and Mark Kano
Testimonials from 2018 interns:
"This was really an extraordinary opportunity. Of all the NATS events and programs I have experienced, this one was by far the most helpful for developing my teaching style."
"Our team environment was so inspiring. We would discuss voice teaching, voice science, and various pedagogical approaches almost nonstop throughout the day..."
"The literature/publication was very interesting – I enjoyed seeing the new materials available. I LOVED all of the teacher’s sessions. Seeing what each master teacher brings to their craft was very valuable."
"As a young educator, it might be overwhelming when you jump into the teaching field. It was great to have mentors to ask questions and have other interns to share their experiences on particular issues."
Hosting a Summer Intern Program
If your school or facility would be interested in coordinating/hosting a future NATS Summer Intern Program, please contact for details and facility requirements.
Supporting the Summer Intern Program
If you are interested in contributing to the support of the Summer Intern program, donations may be made to the James McKinney Memorial Fund through the NATS Foundation.