Previous NATS Interns Extol the Virtues of the NATS Intern Program

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2011 NATS Intern Program Participants
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The NATS Intern program was the ideal learning environment in which to grow. Working alongside a group of brilliant peers while interacting with generous master teachers created an education of intense, dynamic and insightful proportions.

A flood of valuable information from lectures, recitals, and observing my peers and master teachers instructing other singers was the most productive class in teaching pedagogy I've ever been a part of.

This was a tremendous opportunity that bonded me forever with my peers and master teachers and gave me much more than information--it gave me affirmation to teach with confidence and value what I do--teaching is art!

--Jared Schwartz, 2011 NATS Intern


I am very pleased to say that my experience attending the NATS Intern program was tremendously fulfilling. At the same time that I was challenged to stretch myself as a voice teacher, singer, and academic, I felt affirmed in my particular strengths as a vocal pedagogue and performer. My master teacher, Marietta Simpson, was an inspiring mentor who led us through our days with compassion and wisdom. The other faculty and staff were both brilliant and kind hearted. And my fellow interns were wonderfully supportive as friends and colleagues. I will be forever grateful for this opportunity.

--Jennifer Farrell, 2011 NATS Intern


The NATS Intern Program is, without a doubt, the most beneficial post-graduate training a young voice teacher could receive. The training was intensive and concentrated and each day left us feeling saturated with excellent information. I would repeat the process without hesitation and only wish I could complete the program again! I was paired with an excellent mentor, Dr. Christopher Arneson, who diligently guided my colleagues and I through each session with discipline, humor and kindness and a clear understanding of pedagogy. In short, I equate the NATS Intern Program with the best, most effective semester/year of graduate school I have ever had.

Additionally we received I generous collection of vocal repertoire and books to add to or start our own library. This contribution by the various authors, composers and publishers is a wonderful perk to an already invaluable program. I also found the lectures, master classes, reading sessions, etc. to be valuable and contain truly helpful information.

I will be forever grateful to the NATS organization for investing in me and allowing me to participate in this extraordinary program. Thank you thank you!

--Holly Wrensch, D.M.A., 2011 NATS Intern
Assistant Professor of Voice
Concordia College


THIS is what continuing education is all about. Meeting amazing people in my beloved field and unashamedly stealing each other’s ideas, concepts, methods, and knowledge. Actually giving our best stuff away. Here, it’s free! Take it! Making connections between seemingly unrelated concepts that suddenly reach a confluence so powerful you know it will revolutionize the pesky recurring pattern that Student ABC has been having trouble releasing. So much fabulousness we have to actually stretch our brains bigger to hold it all, and guess what? We are stretching (excerpted from Katy’s Blog).

A fellow intern, Dr. Holly Wrensch, described the NATS Intern Program as the best doctorate level graduate course she had ever taken. I arrived feeling a little like a fish out of water listening to this flock of highly educated opera birds who just flew past me, blowing me away. It was inspiring just to be in the same room with these brilliant minds and soaring voices full of not just knowledge and technique, but passion and desire. Thinking I was the one who needed all the educating, I swallowed what semblance of pride I had and started asking questions. Graciously, everyone, both mentor teachers and fellow interns alike, were more than happy to answer everything I threw at them. And lucky me, they knew the answers I was seeking (excerpted from Katy’s Blog).

--Katy Peterson, 2011 NATS Intern

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