NATS Student Auditions Resource Page

NSA_ChapterDistrict.gifFormer NATS President Roy Delp believed that “the idea of constructive criticism along with encouragement” is at the heart of our student adjudications. "Perhaps one of the greatest ties that binds us together as NATS members is the care we have for the students of our colleagues, as demonstrated at our student auditions.” (Journal of Singing, 2000, Vol.57, No.1 p.2)

Each year NATS' chapters and regions host Student Adjudications (also referred to as Student Auditions), an exciting experience where singers perform and receive written feedback about their performances. At these events singers meet and hear other singers, NATS teachers get to know their colleagues better, and everyone has the chance to hear a variety of songs.

Organizational Structure and Governance

Regulations (Version 4.0) pdf_icon.gif

Rubric - Classical pdf_icon.gif

Rubric - Music Theater pdf_icon.gif

Audio Examples

Categories pdf_icon.gif

Adjudication Forms (with repertoire information) - 8.5 x 11 pdf_icon.gif  

Adjudication Forms (without repertoire information) - 8.5 x 11 pdf_icon.gif  

Student Pre-registration Form for Teachers (fillable PDF)

Music Theater Online Resources

Adjudicator Information

YouTube-icon.gif Adjudicator Instruction Video (0:17:48)

Adjudication Forms (with repertoire information) - 8.5 x 11 pdf_icon.gif  

Adjudication Forms (without repertoire information) - 8.5 x 11 pdf_icon.gif  

Video Library

YouTube-icon.gif The Art of Being a Great Adjudicator 
Presented by Allen Henderson at the NATS 2016 National Conference (1:04:08)

YouTube-icon.gif NATS Student Auditions - An Introduction (2:12)

YouTube-icon.gif NATS Student Auditions - Adjudicator Instruction Video (0:17:48)

YouTube-icon.gif (NEW) Tips for adjudicating music theater categories of the NATS Student Auditions (46:17)

Promotional Materials/Branding Resources

NSA branding guidelines (logo and name usage)

Media Release Template (Event Preview) - .docx WordIcon.gif l  .doc WordIcon.gif l  .pdf pdf_icon.gif 

Media Release Template (Event Results) - .docx WordIcon.gif l  .doc WordIcon.gif l  .pdf pdf_icon.gif

Social media messaging templates - COMING SOON!

LOGOS - Chapter and District Rounds - Web (450px)  l  Print-Color (300dpi)  l  Print-Black&White (300dpi)

LOGOS - Regional and National Rounds - Web (450px)  l  Print-Color (300dpi)  l  Print-Black&White (300dpi)

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ - Student Auditions

Audio Examples

NATS Audition Rubric — Music Theater Styles

TA mix/belt
Natalie Weiss—Wicked, The Wizard and I (belt from 2:50 through end)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KONtFiRG9s

TA mix/belt
Cynthia Erivo—The Color Purple, I’m Here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKtFfqinmWo

TA mix/belt
Eva Noblezada—Miss Saigon, I’d Give My Life for You
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6PoGJ-YKa0

TA mix/belt
Karen Olivo—West Side Story, America
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJdMqZKG7ic 

Belt/high belt
Sutton Foster—Little Women, Astonishing (from 4:48)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pNO71-yVN4

“Anthemic” Belt
Marin Mazzie—Ragtime, Back to Before (from 2:45)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeWhJz6FqQc

Soprano mix
Kelli O’Hara—The Light in the Piazza, The Light in the Piazza
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ODVHV5W3U0

Legit and soprano mix
Audra McDonald—Ragtime, Your Daddy’s Son
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNo3sK3KG7w

Legit
Rebecca Luker—The Secret Garden, How Could I Ever Know?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjFZU3J5EZg

Legit
Laura Osnes—The Music Man, Goodnight My Someone
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Mz50QBQwgA

Belt and variable mix
Laura Osnes—Anastasia, Journey to the Past (belt from 2:10 to end)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4DMX1IT-PQ

TA mix/belt
Jeremy Jordan—The Last Five Years, Movin’ Too Fast
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuXzprnappg (starts at 2:45)

TA mix/belt
Jeremy Jordan—Newsies, Santa Fe
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRv_bg_Jm6A (starts at 2:10)

Legit
Norm Lewis—Phantom of the Opera, Music of the Night
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCAdkACAH78

Legit
Jessie Mueller and Joshua Henry—Carousel, If I Loved You
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mc4_6z8JsrQ

Belt and TA mix
Joshua Henry—Violet, Let it Sing
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Lr28TO6ufo

Belt and TA mix
Gavin Creel—Thoroughly Modern Millie, What Do I Need with Love?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3F7Wa0um3WY

Belt and TA mix
Andrew Rannells—Book of Mormon, I Believe
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlbDHejQFV4

Belt and TA mix
Aaron Tveit—Miss Saigon, Why God Why?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtneyJ4Z7rY

Intermezzo