I hope that this finds you well.
Preparations for the upcoming Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference and Student Auditions are well underway. I hope that you are planning to join us in beautiful Charleston, SC on Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6. We are most grateful to our colleagues at the College of Charleston (Deanna McBroom, site host) for their hospitality thus far.
As you make your plans, please be aware that there are a number of events happening in Charleston on the weekend of our conference. Traffic in some parts of town will be restricted in the morning hours on Saturday due to the Cooper River Bridge Run – so advance planning will be critical for those intending to travel on Saturday. For those arriving on Friday, early hotel reservations are highly encouraged. You will find a list of accommodations attached to this e-mail. You will also find attached to this message a preliminary list of accompanists available for the Regional Auditions.
Highlights of the Regional Conference:
Friday, April 5:
- Mid-Atlantic Region Board Meeting (ca. 9:00 am)
- Master Class – Professor William McGraw, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (ca. 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm)
- Banquet (ca. 5:30 pm)
- Musical Performance (TBA) – College of Charleston (evening)
Saturday, April 6:
- Student Auditions (ca. 9:30 am – 2:30 pm)
- Honors Recital (ca. 3:15 pm)
I am hopeful that a representative of the Royal Conservatory Achievement Program will be available for consultation during the conference weekend. This new partnership between NATS and the Royal Conservatory Achievement Program offers a myriad number of benefits to our member teachers (and their students). Stay tuned.
Finally, a reminder: At the completion of each district’s student auditions, application (and repertoire) data for qualifying students is automatically forwarded to the Mid-Atlantic Regional website (www.midatlanticnats.org). At that point, teachers must log in, make any necessary changes to repertoire, etc., and confirm each student application.
A letter with specific conference details will be distributed in the coming days. In the meantime, I hope that you’ll begin to make travel plans, secure hotel reservations, and get excited about attending the Regional Conference and Student Auditions weekend.
I look forward to seeing you in Charleston,
Robert A. Wells, DMA
Governor, Mid-Atlantic Region, National Association of Teachers of Singing