NATS Artists Award (NATSAA)

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2012 NATSAA Winners: Andrew Garland - 1st place; Laura Choi Stuart - 2nd place; Laura Strickling - 3rd place; Hope Fairchild Thacker - 4th place; Jennifer Paulino - 5th place; Wei Zhang - 6th place

NATSAA_2014logo.jpgThe biennial NATS Artist Award (NATSAA) competition is designed to assist singers prepared to launch a professional career and, to that end, substantial monetary and performance prizes are offered. The competition takes place every other year, in conjunction with NATS National Conferences. Preliminary competitions are held regionally, and semifinals/finals take place at the NATS National Conference.

"Throughout its history, the purpose of this [NATSAA] competition has been to select, through a series of elimination rounds on the district, regional, and national levels, singers whose artistry indicates that they are ready for a professional career and to encourage them toward that goal with a cash prize and the opportunity for performance engagements." - Edward Baird, President of NATS, 1985-1987

2014 Downloadable Flyer


Important Dates for NATSAA 2014

Application deadline: Nov.15, 2013

Preliminary Auditions: February-April, 2014.

National Semifinals and Finals: Boston, MA at the 53rd NATS National Conference - July 5th - July 9th, 2014. Semifinals and Finals dates will be announced at a later date.

LOCATIONS:

NATSAA District/Region Information

Cal-Western Region

REGIONAL AUDITIONS – March 30, 2014 –University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Contact: Tod Fitzpatrick - tfvox@earthlink.net

AZ – March 1, 2014 – Northern Arizona University

Contact: Deborah Raymond - divapug@gmail.com

CA – Northern California – March 16, 2014 – Stanford University

Contact: Wendy Hillhouse - wendyhillhouse@gmail.com

CA – Southern California – Jan. 25, 2014 – L.A. Valley College

Contact: Victoria Lavan - victorialavan@gmail.com

NV – March 8, 2014 – University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Contact: Michelle Latour - michellelatour@me.com

UT – February 22. University of Utah, Salt Lake City (Thompson Hall)

Contact: David Schmidt - david@gottasing.com

Central Region

REGIONAL AUDITIONS – March 15, 2014 (morning) - Webster University, St. Louis, MO 
Contact: Mary Jane Wilder - mj@majanewilder.com

IL – March 14, 2014 - Webster University, St. Louis, MO (Check-in at 5 p.m.)

Contact: Kathleen Van De Graaf - 
domenicoprod@att.net

IA – March 14, 2014 - Webster University, St. Louis, MO (Check-in at 5 p.m.)

Contact: Leanne Freeman-Miller -
 
leanne.freeman-millelr@drake.edu

MO – March 14, 2014 - Webster University, St. Louis, MO (Check-in at 5 p.m.)

Contact: Carol Chapman - 
carolchapman@missouristate.edu

Eastern Region

REGIONAL AUDITIONS – March 22, 2014 (evening) – Hofstra University
Contact: Stephen Ng, Auditions Coordinator - SNg@wcupa.edu

DE – March 22, 2014 (afternoon) – Hofstra University

NJ – March 22, 2014 (afternoon) – Hofstra University

NY – March 22, 2014 (afternoon) – Hofstra University

PA – March 22, 2014 (afternoon) – Hofstra University

QB – March 22, 2014 (afternoon) – Hofstra University

WV – March 22, 2014 (afternoon) – Hofstra University

Great Lakes Region

REGIONAL AUDITIONS – Feb. 21, 2014 – Ball State University
Contact: Laurie Lashbrook - lashbro@uakron.edu

IN – Jan. 18, 2014 - Indiana Wesleyan University

Contact: Tammie Huntington - Tammie.Huntington@indwes.edu

MI – Jan. 11, 2014 – Eastern Michigan University

Contact: Dr. Robert Peavler - rpeavler@emich.edu

OH – Jan. 25, 2014 – Capital University (Mees Hall)

Contact: Jacqueline Barlow-Ware - jackie@barlowstudio.com

ON – February 8, 2014 – New St. James Presbyterian Church; London, Ontario

Contact: Torin Chiles - 
torinchiles@rogers.com

Intermountain Region

REGIONAL AUDITIONS – March 9, 2014 – Whitworth University
Contact: Scott Miller - smiller@whitworth.edu

AB – Jan. 25, 2014 – Kings College (Edmonton)

Contact: Rachel Hop - rhop@telus.net

ID – March 1, 2014 - Boise State University (Morrison Center for the Performing Arts Recital Hall at 1 p.m.)

Contact: Laura Rushing-Raynes - lraynes@boisestate.edu 

MT – March 1, 2014 – University of Montana, School of Music, Missoula, MT

Contact: Kimberly James -
 
kimberly.james@umontana.edu

OR – Eastern Oregon – March 8, 2014 – Whitworth University

Contact: Pamela Bathurst, 208-310-9974 - pamelab@uidaho.edu

WA – Eastern Washington – March 8, 2014 – Whitworth University

Contact: Pamela Bathurst, 208-310-9974 - pamelab@uidaho.edu

Mid-Atlantic Region

REGIONAL AUDITIONS – April 4, 2014 – University of North Carolina-Greensboro
Contact: Robert Wells - robert_wells@uncg.edu

DC – March 15, 2014 – Montgomery College

Contact: Maryann Sewell - viva.diva37@gmail.com

MD – March 15, 2014 – Montgomery College

Contact: Maryann Sewell - viva.diva37@gmail.com

NC – Feb. 20, 2014 – University of North Carolina-Greensboro

Contact: Elizabeth LaBelle - singingbiz@aol.com

SC – March 13, 2014 – University of South Carolina

Contact: Deedy Francis - dfrancis@andersonuniversity.edu

VA – Feb. 27, 2014 – Shenandoah University

Contact: Patricia Miller - labellavoce1@aol.com

Mid-South Region

REGIONAL AUDITIONS – April 4, 2014 – Vanderbilt University
Contact: Wayne Pope - wayne.pope@wku.edu

TN – April 3, 2014 – Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tenn.)

Contact: Andrea Dismukes - adismukes@leeuniversity.edu

KY – April 3, 2014 – Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tenn.)

Contact: Christopher Mitchell - Christopher.mitchell@murraystate.edu

New England Region

REGIONAL AUDITIONS – April 26, 2014 – Rivers School Conservatory (Weston, MA)
Contact: Leslie Goldberg - markezi@verizon.net

Canadian Atlantic Provinces – April 20, 2014 – Memorial University (St. John’s, Newfoundland)

Contact: Jane Leibel - jleibel@mun.ca 

CT – March 16, 2014 – Immanuel Congregational Church (Hartford, CT)

Contact: Connie Chase - 
connie.chase@usma.edu

ME – Feb. 15, 2014 – Bates College (Lewiston, MA)

Contact: John Corrie - jcorrie@bates.edu

MA – Feb. 22, 2014 – Rivers School Conservatory (Weston, MA)

Contact: Donna Ames - 
donnaames@verizon.net

NH – March 9, 2014 – University of New Hampshire

Contact: Jenni Cook - 
jenni.cook@unh.edu

RI – Feb. 22, 2014 – University of Rhode Island

Contact: Roberta Belanger - 
rbelanger1@verizon.net

VT – March 9, 2014 – University of New Hampshire

Contact: Jenni Cook - 
jenni.cook@unh.edu

North Central Region

REGIONAL AUDITIONS – April 26, 2014 – Concordia University (MN)
Contact: Allison Feldt - feldt@stolaf.edu, 507-786-3180

MN – March 8, 2014 – Concordia University (MN)

Contact: Shari Speer - speer@csp.edu, 651-641-8842

MT – To be determined

Contact: Melanie Whyte - 
gehrswhy@escape.ca

ND – April 11, 2014 - North Dakota State University, 12 p.m.

Contact: Katherine Noone - 
katherine.noone@ndsu.edu, 701-231-7834

SD – March 28, 2014 – University of South Dakota-Vermillion

Contact: Dr. Nancy Roberts - 
nancy.roberts@bhsu.edu

SK – To be determined

Contact: TBA

WI – March 22, 2014 – Christ Presbyterian Church (Madison, WI)

Contact: Kathleen Otterson - kthem@att.net

Northwestern Region

REGIONAL AUDITIONS – March 16, 2014 - University of Washington
Contact: Craig Tompkins - craig@youcansing.ca

AK – March 2, 2014 - University of Alaska-Anchorage

       Contact: Mari Hahn - mokuschan@gmail.com

BC – March 8, 2014 - Vancouver Community of Christ Church

Contact: Alison Nystrom - alisonn@shaw.ca 

OR - Western Oregon – March 2, 2014 - University of Portland

Contact: Richard Poppino - rpoppino@msn.com

WA - Western Washington – Feb. 22, 2014 - St. Martin's University, Lacey, WA

Contact: Darrell Born
 - 
dborn@stmartin.edu 

Southeastern Region 

REGIONAL AUDITIONS – March 27, 2014 – Columbus State University
Contact: Melanie Williams - southeastern@nats.org

AL – Feb. 20, 2014 – University of South Alabama

Contact: Kristine Hurst-Wajszczuk
 - khw@uab.edu

GA – March 1, 2014 – Columbus State University

Contact: Dian Lawler-Johnson - lawlerjohnson_dian@columbusstate.edu 

FL – Jan. 26, 2014 – University of Florida

Contact:  Anthony Offerle - tofferle@ufl.edu

Southern Region

REGIONAL AUDITIONS – March 21, 2014 – Belhaven University (Jackson, MS)
Contact: Jon Secrest - secrestj@obu.edu

AR – Feb. 27, 2014 – John Brown University (Siloam Springs, AR)

Contact: Julia Lansford - 
jlansford@suddenlink.net

LA – Saturday, March 8, 2014 – 3 p.m. – University of Louisiana at Lafayette (Angelle Hall)

Contact:  Shawn Roy - shawnrroy@hotmail.com

MS – March 20, 2014 – 5:30 p.m. – Northminster Baptist Church, Ridgewood Road (Jackson, MS)

Contact: Phyllis Lewis-Hale
 - phyllis.a.lewis_hale@jsums.edu

Texoma Region

REGIONAL AUDITIONS – March 8, 2014 – Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Forth Worth, TX)
Contact: Mark McQuade - 
mark.mcquade@okbu.edu

Rio Grande (TX, NM) – March 7, 2014 – Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Forth Worth, TX)

OK – March 7, 2014 – Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Forth Worth, TX)

TX – North Texas – March 7, 2014 – Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Forth Worth, TX)

TX – South Texas – March 7, 2014 – Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Forth Worth, TX)

TX – West Texas – March 7, 2014 – Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Forth Worth, TX)

West Central Region

REGIONAL AUDITIONS – March 22, 2014 – Colorado Christian University
Contact: Melissa Malde - mmalde.nats@gmail.com

KS – Feb. 15, 2014 – Barton County Community College

Contact: Amy Rosine - 
arosine@ksu.edu

NE – March 15, 2014 – University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Contact: Kevin Hanrahan - khanrahan2@unl.edu

CO – March 22, 2014 – Colorado Christian University

Contact: Ellie Seligmann
 - 
ellienats@aol.com

WY – March 22, 2014 – Colorado Christian University

Contact: Ellie Seligmann
 - ellienats@aol.com 

At Large Audition Information 

REGIONAL AUDITION – April 13, 2014 – Rhodes College (Memphis, TN)
Contact: Carole Blankenship - Blankenship@rhodes.edu

 

National Semifinals and Finals: Boston, MA

Prizes

First Prize - More than $13,000 in cash and prizes

  • $5,000 Cash
  • A New York Solo Debut Sponsored by DCINY
  • A Full Tuition Scholarship worth $2,675 to attend the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria
  • $1,000 Gift Certificate from Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Studio Recording Package from Futura Productions

Second Prize - More than $6,000 in cash prizes

  • $4,000 Cash
  • $2,000 Scholarship to attend AIMS in Graz, Austria
  • $500 Gift Certificate from Hal Leonard Corporation

Franco-American Vocal Academy Prize - $2,000 cash prize

Awarded to a finalist in the NATSAA Competition who is deemed by the judges to exhibit the highest levels of excellence in the interpretation of the French repertoire. Learn more

Additional cash prizes to all remaining semifinalists

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicant must be at least 21 but not more than 35 years of age on the deadline entry date: November 15, 2013
  • Membership status of teacher or applicant:
    • The applicant’s most recent teacher must be a full or associate member of NATS (in good standing) with whom the applicant must have studied continuously for at least one academic year;
      - OR -
    • The applicant must be a full or associate member of NATS in good standing for at least one year prior to November 15, 2013 
  • First-place winners in prior NATSAA national auditions are ineligible. 
  • The final decision on all matters of eligibility rests with the Vice President of NATSAA. 

Note: Performers in NATS-sponsored auditions, competitions, recitals, and other activities such as workshops, shall perform from lawful editions and shall support and obey the law relative to copyright and the NATS Copyright Policy.

Application Process

ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ELECTRONICALLY

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the NATS Executive Office at 904-992-9101 or info@nats.org. The completed application, including payment of the fee of $75 U.S. by credit card, or money order, must be received in the Executive Office no later than November 15, 2013. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered.

1.Online applications must include: 

a.payment of the non-refundable entry fee of $75.00 in U.S. funds via credit card (Visa or MasterCard). No refunds bill be given.

b.Applicants MUST provide proof of legal age at the district audition site. This proof must be provided in the form of an original, government-issued document such as a valid driver’s license, and the applicant must provide a copy of this documentation which will be retained by the Association until the completion of the NATSAA competition. Failure to bring both the original and the copy of this documentation will result in disqualification. (COPY CANNOT BE RETURNED) 

c.the NATS member number AND Email address of the applicant or the sponsoring NATS teacher

d.complete entries for all repertoire, including: 

1) TITLE and LANGUAGE of each selection 

2) COMPOSER of each selection 

3) KEY of each selection 

4) ACCURATE TIMING (duration) of each selection 

5) COMPOSER birth and death dates 

2.Completion and submission of the application is followed by Preliminary Auditions:

a.Applicants must compete in the district auditions of their legal residence or where they are currently studying singing. 

b.If a preliminary audition winner is unable to participate in his/her scheduled regional audition, the singer may participate in the at-large regional, TBA; Permission to transfer to the at-large regional audition must be obtained from the Vice President of NATSAA. 

c.There is no at-large category at state or district preliminary auditions.

All questions specific to the rules and regulations, or about repertoire and requirements, should be directed to Carole Blankenship, NATSAA Vice President, .

Repertoire Requirements

The repertoire list need not be thought of as comprising a complete recital program. The contestants and their teachers might want to consider, however, that national finalists will, in fact, present a fifteen minute program of their choosing from the submitted repertoire. 

  • Contestants must be prepared to sing at each audition level all of the songs and arias specified in Sections a, b, and c below: 

a.An aria from an opera to be sung in the original language and key. 

b.An aria from a major oratorio, mass, requiem, or cantata to be sung in the original key. 

c.Twelve (12) additional recital selections divided into four groups. The number of pieces in each group may vary but must total 12 in all, and each group except the English set must have at least two selections therein. Special note - At least one art song composed in or after 1950 (not an arrangement of a folk song) must be included in Group II, III, or IV. The song(s) must be identified and the date of composition given.

I.Songs or arias composed before 1800. No more than two arias may be included in this group. 

II.German Lieder or French Mélodies. 

III.A second group of National Art Songs consisting of any languages that are not presented in Sections II and IV.

IV.American, Canadian, or British Art Songs. Art songs with English as the original language. A minimum of three songs must be included in this group. 

  • Note that the arias in Sections a. and b. are in addition to and not part of the 12-song recital requirement of Section c. 
  • Memorization: All repertoire must be memorized with the exception of the oratorio selection (Section b). 
  • A contestant entering the auditions for a second or third time will be expected to present a reasonable amount of new repertoire. 
  • Any questions concerning the stated repertoire requirements should be addressed to the Vice President of NATSAA. 
  • Repertoire changes are NOT allowed at the district, or regional levels. Only regional winners may change repertoire.

Auditions

Applicants may secure the date and location of district and regional auditions from their teachers, district or regional governors, and the NATS web page. 

  • Preliminary Finalists. Auditions will originate at the district level. Each local audition will be assigned a quota of finalists based on the number of entrants in that area. Those finalists will proceed to the appropriate or the at-large regional auditions. 
  • Regional Winners. Each region will select a winner from the regional auditions to be sent to the national semifinal auditions, which will be held in Boston in July 2014. Regional winners must be certified by their regional governor of their availability to participate in the national semifinals. 
  • Expense Stipends. Semifinalists will each receive a stipend of $200 from the NATS executive office to assist in covering travel costs. Regions usually contribute additional funds. Contestants are expected, however, to be responsible for the remainder of their own additional expenses, as well as for making their own travel arrangements and hotel reservations. 
  • Finalists. No fewer than four and no more than eight finalists will be chosen at the semifinals to sing in the final auditions during the National Conference in Boston in July 2014. Finalists and semifinalists will earn prizes of not less than $700. 
  • Accompanists. Contestants will provide their own accompanists at preliminary auditions. At regional auditions accompanists can be provided for a fee if the regional governor is notified at least three weeks before the audition. 

At the national semifinal and final auditions contestants are urged to provide their own accompanists; the NATS executive office will provide a travel stipend of $200 for accompanists. However, if so desired, professional accompanists will be available without expense to contestants. Notification of the need for accompanists must be given to the Vice President of NATSAA by May 15, 2014. NATS teachers are not allowed to accompany their students at any level.

Adjudication Procedures & Policies

  • Qualified adjudication will be provided for all competitions. There will be at least three judges but no more than five at each audition. Teachers having students in auditions will not be eligible to adjudicate that audition. 
  • Contestants will remain anonymous until the audition is completed. 
  • Contestants will be heard for 12-15 minutes. 
  • Contestants will sing one selection of their choice at each audition. The balance of the numbers to be heard will be requested by the judges from the repertoire submitted. 
  • National finalists will present a fifteen-minute program of their own choosing, selected from the submitted repertoire. 
  • NATS will publicize the availability of award winners for professional engagements.

NATS Policy on Copyright Laws 

The National Association of Teachers of Singing endorses a strict policy regarding copyright laws. The use of photocopied music is prohibited at all NATS sponsored events, from the national to the chapter level.

Exceptions are:

  1. Music that is out of print, still under copyright law, with permission from a publisher.
  2. Sheet music or books for which the copyright has expired, but available in CD format. (e.g., CD Sheet Music). Performers must be prepared to present proof of ownership upon request.
  3. Sheet music purchased legally from an online vendor. Such music should have either a separate page proving the performer has purchased such or a copyright notice at the bottom of the music that includes the performer's name. Performers must be prepared to present proof of ownership upon request.
  4. Music available from approved public domain websites. Performers should take particular care when accessing these sites as some do not guarantee that all works are indeed in the public domain. Current approved online public domain sites are:

www.imslp.org

www.sheetmusicarchive.net

Other Resources

Find birth and death dates of composers

Past NATSAA Winners

42nd NATSAA Competition for Singers Sponsor of the Winner's New York Solo Recital Debut

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NATS greatly appreciates the efforts of AIMS, DCINY, Hal Leonard Corporation, the NATS Foundation and the Franco-American Vocal Academy for providing prizes for the NATS Artist Awards Competition.

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