Important Annual Conference Reminders

  • If you cannot judge BOTH DAYS of the conference, you will need to find a substitute to judge in your place.  In addition, you will need to pay a $50.00 fee.  The Vice President can be helpful in finding a substitute, but it is your responsibility to see that that is taken care of.  Please understand that this policy is intended to discourage teachers from sending their students to the conference without participating as judges, and that it would be impossible to execute our competition without the faithful participation of our members as judges on both days of the conference.
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Looking ahead…

2015 VANATS Conference and Student Auditions will be held February 27 and 28 at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.  Brian Nedvin will be the site coordinator.

2015 Mid-Altantic Regional Student Auditions will be held March 27 and 28, 2015 at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD.  For more information, please go to the NATS Mid-Atlantic Website.

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Call for conference workshop proposals

The VANATS Board is soliciting proposals for workshop presentations for its annual conference on February 27 and 28, 2015.  Proposals should be submitted to VANATS President, Dorothy Maddison, in the form of an abstract of no more than 125 words.  Please submit abstracts to Ms. Maddison via email at  Proposals are due November 15, 2014 and will be peer reviewed by a subcommittee of the VANATS Board.

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Call for 2015 Conference Pianists

If you are a pianist or a teacher who knows a pianist you would like to encourage, please note that the board is inviting pianists to have their contact information added to our “Pianists for Hire” page.  Pianists may play for up to 10 students on Friday and up to 10 students on Saturday.  To be added to the pianist list please contact Tadd Sipes at

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Announcing our 2015 Keynote Clinician

imageWe are very pleased to announce that our 2015 conference Keynote Clinician will be mezzo-soprano, Marietta Simpson.

Marietta Simpson, whose deeply expressive, richly beautiful voice has made her a much sought-after mezzo-soprano, has sung with every major symphony orchestra in the United States and many prestigious international orchestras including the, Berlin Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic . She has been blessed to have sung in many of the world’s prestigious concert halls with an impressive list of great conductors that includes the late Eugene Ormandy, Loren Maazel, Elaine Brown, Kurt Masur, Sir Simon Rattle, James Conlon, Daniel Barenboim, Roger Norrington, Nicholas McGegan, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Marin Alsop, Leonard Slatkin, Tom Hall, Robert Page, Raymond Leppard and the late Robert Shaw in her Carnegie Hall debut in 1988 as soloist in Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Her 2014-2015 season includes concert and recital appearances, as well as her debut in Toulouse, France and at Glimmerglass Opera in the role of “the Old Lady” in Leonard Bernstein’s Candide.

Equally at home on the operatic and concert stages, she has performed and recorded the classic mezzo repertoire that includes the music of Bach, Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Mahler as well as the operas of Offenbach, Menotti, Mozart and Gershwin. She can be heard on the Grammy nominated EMI recording of Porgy and Bess, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle; and on the Grammy Award-winning recording of William Bolcom’s Songs of Innocence and Experience, with Leonard Slatkin conducting, on the Naxos label, as well as the Grammy award winning recording of Penderecki Stabat Mater. A native of Philadelphia, Ms. Simpson graduated from Temple University and received her Master’s Degree in Music from the State University of New York at Binghamton. She is currently a Professor of Voice at Indiana University’s prestigious Jacobs School of Music.

To read Ms. Simpson’s complete biography, please go here.

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Recruitment issue from spring conference

From President, Dorothy Maddison and Governor, Patricia Miller…

We ask that our VANATS membership honor the all national rules and statutes in the NATS Code of Ethics.  VANATS members are reminded that they should NOT be actively recruiting students for their own studios, programs or universities during the auditions.  The national rules contain the following statement to which we have all agreed to comply when joining NATS: “Members will not, either by inducements, innuendoes, or other acts, proselytize students of other teachers.”

Please know that the entire board heartily supports these statements.  If you have questions, you may contact any board member.


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