Former 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.
Typically the event begins with a preliminary round, in which students sing only for a panel of adjudicators and perhaps a small audience. Finalists in the adjudications usually perform again for everyone present, and many chapters and regions offer prizes for their winners.
NATS Student Adjudications should not be confused with the NATS Artist Award competition; the NATSAA competition is designed for singers getting ready to launch a professional career, while the Student Adjudications are designed to nurture singers at various levels of voice study.
In order to sing for NATS adjudication, you must study with a current member of NATS. The level of adjudication you are eligible to sing at typically is decided by the amount of time you have studied voice, or by your age or year in school; the rules differ slightly depending on where you live.
Each chapter or region sets their own schedule; most of these adjudications are listed on our Regional Events listing. Regions also set their own specific regulations for adjudications based on the regulations issued by the national organization. If you study with a NATS teacher, he or she can obtain information and application materials from their local NATS Chapter or Region.
NATS Teachers: We do not keep local or regional student adjudications or auditions forms here at the national site. Please contact your chapter or regional representative for applications, forms, and regulations.
NATS offers two tools for chapters to use for scheduling auditions: