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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.

Fall 2020 Info Session - Running Online Auditions

Fall 2020 Info Session Chat Transcript 
Auditionware Instructions for Online Auditions

NATS Audition Meeting Held July 25, 2020 Go To Meeting

Organizational Structure and Governance

Regulations (Version 5.0) pdf_icon.gif

Rubric - Classical pdf_icon.gif

Rubric - Music Theater pdf_icon.gif

Audio Examples

Categories August 2020 in color 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)

YouTube-icon.gif To view a short video of best practices for recording a quality audition video click HERE.

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)

TA mix/belt
Cynthia Erivo—The Color Purple, I’m Here

TA mix/belt
Eva Noblezada—Miss Saigon, I’d Give My Life for You

TA mix/belt
Karen Olivo—West Side Story, America 

Belt/high belt
Sutton Foster—Little Women, Astonishing (from 4:48)

“Anthemic” Belt
Marin Mazzie—Ragtime, Back to Before (from 2:45)

Soprano mix
Kelli O’Hara—The Light in the Piazza, The Light in the Piazza

Legit and soprano mix
Audra McDonald—Ragtime, Your Daddy’s Son

Rebecca Luker—The Secret Garden, How Could I Ever Know?

Laura Osnes—The Music Man, Goodnight My Someone

Belt and variable mix
Laura Osnes—Anastasia, Journey to the Past (belt from 2:10 to end)

TA mix/belt
Jeremy Jordan—The Last Five Years, Movin’ Too Fast (starts at 2:45)

TA mix/belt
Jeremy Jordan—Newsies, Santa Fe (starts at 2:10)

Norm Lewis—Phantom of the Opera, Music of the Night

Jessie Mueller and Joshua Henry—Carousel, If I Loved You

Belt and TA mix
Joshua Henry—Violet, Let it Sing

Belt and TA mix
Gavin Creel—Thoroughly Modern Millie, What Do I Need with Love?

Belt and TA mix
Andrew Rannells—Book of Mormon, I Believe

Belt and TA mix
Aaron Tveit—Miss Saigon, Why God Why?