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Featured Guest Artists

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NATS 55th National Conference Guest Artists (Left to Right):

Alton Fitzgerald White, Stephanie Blythe, Christine Brewer, Craig Terry, Johan Sundberg, and Mandy Harvey


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President’s Invitation

Please join us for our 55th NATS National Conference in exciting Las Vegas. As we come together as a community, we promise to have something for everyone – teachers, students, and performers alike. The opening ceremony celebrates our singing culture with a first-ever Community Sing, culminating in a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein.

We’re pleased to offer a diverse lineup of internationally known performers and speakers, including Broadway performer Alton Fitzgerald White, Metropolitan Opera superstars Stephanie Blythe and Christine Brewer with collaborative pianist Craig Terry, Las Vegas directors and performers, and ”America's Got Talent” finalist Mandy Harvey, who through her invisible disability is making a tremendous impact around the world. We are also honored to have with us Johan Sundberg, one of the pioneering voice scientists of our time.

I am thrilled that this conference, our largest professional development event, will feature more variety and more members than ever before sharing their expertise in break-out sessions. New offerings include student workshops; mini-recitals exploring American song from Mariachi and Brazil to African American and Creole cultures; informal topical coffee and conversations; and fabulous “Late Night NATS” featuring the Great American Songbook in our hotel’s beautiful Havana Lounge.

Along with the NSA Finals, we celebrate the future of singing with recitals by the winners of NATSAA, National Music Theater and Art Song Composition competitions. Join us for the ever-popular poster sessions, publisher showcases, and exhibits, and the final evening’s Gala Banquet honoring NATS Lifetime Achievement Award winners.

The Tropicana Hotel offers a perfect location to explore the Las Vegas scene. Appreciation goes to our great team - the local committee, our officers and staff -who oversee the complex details of this exciting event. Join us to learn, share, network with old friends and new, and celebrate “NATS for a Lifetime!”


Linda J. Snyder, President
National Association of Teachers of Singing

Conference Poster Papers

We are pleased to announce the Poster Paper presenters who have been selected and we thank all who offered their knowledge and expertise. We’ve added a third session to allow attendees more time to visit each table and chat with paper presenters. Posters will be judged by a panel and a winner will be chosen at the end of the Conference.

CLICK HERE to view a complete list and schedule of the presentations. Poster Paper Sessions will take place during the lunch break (noon to 2:00 p.m.) on June 23 and 24.

Support NATS and Volunteer!

We depend on our volunteers! Members, students, and friends are invited to assist us in all areas of event operations for the 55th National Conference in Las Vegas. This is a great way to meet new people and have fun during the conference! Thank you to our past volunteers who have committed their service to NATS, and to our future volunteers.

  • SNATS members or student volunteers who contribute 15 hours will receive a complimentary student registration for the conference ($125 value). NATS Teachers are encouraged to help their students sign up for this educational opportunity.
  • ALL VOLUNTEERS will receive a limited edition NATS t-shirt and the satisfaction of knowing you played an important role at the national conference.
  • Lots of choices! Volunteer your time in Registration; as a Session Monitor; as a Welcome Ambassador; as Volunteer Support Staff; or assisting in other areas such as social media.
Volunteer for the NATS Conference today!
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If you have further questions about volunteering, please email  at the NATS National Office or call 904-992-9101 to get signed up. 


Linda Snyder, NATS President
Karen Brunssen, NATS President Elect
Norman Spivey, NATS Past President
Tod Fitzpatrick, Program Chair
Sarah Holman, Program Chair Coordinator
Alfonse Anderson, Coordinating Committee Chair
Diana Allan, NATS Vice President for Auditions
Dan Johnson-Wilmot, NSA Coordinator
Kimberly James, Local NSA Coordinator
Chadley Ballantyne, Registration Coordinator
Linda Lister, Guest Artist Coordinator
Carol Ann Modesitt, Singers/Pianists Coordinator
Ashley Stone, Volunteer Coordinator
Allen Henderson, NATS Executive Director
Deborah Guess, NATS Director of Operations
Mandy Ruddock, NATS Special Events/Conference Assistant
John Nix, Poster Paper Sessions Coordinator
William McCullough, Session Stage Management