FREE Harolyn Blackwell workshop – classical and MT!

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2:00 P.M. TO 5:00 P.M.
Abramson Family Recital Hall
Katzen Arts Center
American University
Massachussetts Ave NW
Washington, DC  20017

Free to NATS members and American University faculty/students
$10 others

Free parking weekends in the Katzen garage
Take the elevator to the first floor

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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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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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Virginia NATSAA Results

2014 Virginia District NATSAA Vocal Competition Winners

CONGRATULATIONS and Best Wishes to the  2014 Virginia District NATSAA Vocal Competition!
First Place:  Shelly Milam
Second Place:  Hilary Park
Third Place:  Sherry Doyle
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Maps, and Parking

For driving directions, please use this Google map.

Here is a link to the Shenandoah interactive campus map.

Below is a picture of the same map.  Clicking on the map will open a PDF in another window.

On this map the primary locations for the conference are:

31/35 – Conservatory
18 – Chapel/Recital Hall

Parking: from our host Byron Jones – “NATSAA/NATS attendees should be directed to the lot in front of and beside Ohrstrom-Bryant Theatre/Ruebush Hall (where most everything is happening) and also the parking garage adjacent to the Brandt Student Center, where we’ll be for the banquet on Friday.”

SU Campus Map

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Announcing our 2014 Master Class participants

1. Byron Jones, SU
Victoria Okafor, soprano
Repertoire: Deh vieni, non tardar (Le Nozze di Figaro) Mozart
Eric Waggoner, pianist

2. Cynthia Donnell, VCU
Zarah Brock, College Junior Women
Repertoire: Deh’ vieni non tardar (Le nozze di Figaro) Mozart
Das Mädchen (Stand das Mädchen) Brahms
Vilia (The Merry Widow) Léhar

3. Pamela Beasley, UVA
Sarah Sherman College Junior Women.
Repertoire:  “Kommt ein Schlanker Bursch Gegangen” Weber
“Deh vieni, non tardar” Mozart.

4. Robert Matthews, Emory and Henry College
Devan Brockenberry, 21 year old Freshmen Men
Repertoire:  “Se vuol ballare” from The Marriage of Figaro and “Ich Grolle Nicht” by Schumann.

5. Kevin McMillan, JMU
Mark Thress College Senior Men.
Repertoire: ‘Se all impero'(La clemenza di Tito) Mozart
‘Let the florid music praise’ (On this Island) Britten.

6. Samuel Bonds, GMU
Andrew Smith, Senior College Men
Repertoire: Der Döppleganger, Schubert
7. Patricia Miller, GMU
Crystal Golden
Repertoire:  St. Ita’s Vision, Barber
Alleluia, Mozart

1. Peggy McNulty: Private Studio, Loudon, Virginia
Niki James (Jr. High School) Category 7 this year.
Repertoire: O Mio Babbino Caro, Puccini.
Le Violette, A. Scarlatti
I Love All Graceful Things, Thiman

2. Fran Coleman:  John Tyler Community College
Grace Mincks Category 21 Junior-Senior Music Theater High School
Repertoire:  “Not Since Ninevah” (Kismet)
When There’s No One (Carrie, The Musical)

3. Stacey Bell: Private Studio, Sterling, VA.
Abby Bryan, High School Sophomore Women
Repertoire: Mein Herr Marquis (Die Fledermaus) J. Strauss
Loveliest of Trees, John Duke.

4. Mary Mathews: Private Studio, Newport News, VA.
Isabella Stansbury, High School Senior Woman.
“In Uomini” (Cosi van Tutte) Mozart.
5. Lucy Hoyt, SU
Savanah Stricklin, Alternate from SU.

6. Stacey Bell, Private Studio, Stirling, VA
Catherine Evans:  High School Senior
Repertoire:  Ma Rendi Pur Contento (Rossini)
Why Do They Shut Me Out of Heaven? (Copland)

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From VANATS Governor, Patricia Miller

Dear Va. State NATS  Members,

This is to announce that the 2014 Virginia District NATSAA Vocal Competition will be held on Thursday, February 27, 2014 beginning at 6 p.m. in Goodson Chapel / Recital Hall, Shenandoah University, Winchester, Va.  Our NATSAA Adjudicators this year will be:  Dr. Louise Toppin (UNC-Chapel Hill), Michael Forest (Shenandoah Conservatory), and Dr. Steve Gathman (Washington National Opera).  I sincerely hope you and your students will attend.

Patricia Miller

Governor, Va. State & District NATS

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In preparation for the conference…

Please read the following THREE notices below in preparation for the conference next weekend.  Each notice has a blue highlighted section.

In an effort to reduce the number of ties we have in any given category, and to give more specificity to our scoring, we have made significant changes in the adjudication form this year.  You will want to be prepared to adjust.  Two aspects are different.

  1. We have added the total number of points used to score an audition.  Instead of a possible 30 points, there are now 50 points possible.  This means that a singer much get at least 42 points in order to qualify for honors and the opportunity to go to regional auditions.
  2. We have created a rubric with five divisions.  Each division is worth 10 points.  Here is the form.

Judging form sampleSome things about the new form you might want to think about…

  • In order for a singer to get an honors score of 42 or above, they must score at least 8 points in each category, and in at least two categories they MUST score at least 9 out of 10.
  • One may feel more of an obligation to justify a low score in any given category.
  • The rubric will likely force individuals to write more about the singer’s overall strengths and weaknesses and less about specific approaches to literature.
  • We will continue to recognize singers who place first, second and third in their categories, even if their score is not high enough to receive “honors.”

The VANATS board wishes to be clear about NATS national copyright policy and to reinforce that our conference falls under policies.  In that spirit, we are making an effort to put that policy in front of our membership, and we are asking students to check a statement of copyright compliance when they sign in at the registration table.

Here is the NATS national copyright notice…

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:

The sign-in form at the registration will now include the following statement that must be checked by the student…

____I am aware that the NATS copyright policy is applicable at this competition, and certify that I am in compliance with said policy.

Lastly, we are pleased to provide you with the following detailed conference schedule.  We look forward to seeing each of you in Winchester!

VANATS Conference Agenda S14_v2VANATS Conference Agenda S14_v2_pg2

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Announcing our KEYNOTE clinician LOUISE TOPPIN!

Louise Toppin HeadshotVirginia NATS is very pleased to announce our keynote clinician for  the 2014 conference, Louise Toppin.  Ms. Toppin will be working with students in master class sessions on both Friday evening and Saturday afternoon.  For more information on Dr. Toppin please go here.

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Registration reminders!

Please keep the following in mind…

  • February 7, 2014 is the deadline for all the following
    • registration – please make sure all information for all students is complete
    • students to drop from the competition and receive a refund of their audition fee
    • online changes to repertoire (changes can still be made at the conference using the Change of Repertoire Form)
  • Because of the number of auditions we manage, it is very important that you have the following information correct by the February 7 deadline.
    • each student’s category
    • the name of each student’s pianist (the word accompanist does not suffice)
    • the student’s repertoire
  • This year is the first year that each registered audition must include a pianist’s name in order for the system to allow you to complete registration.
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