NATS Adopts New Code of Ethics

Code of Ethics

These ethical guidelines are established by the Association to outline Members’ ethical duties and obligations to students, colleagues and the general public, and to promote professional cooperation and productive relationships among its Members.

Antitrust Compliance Information

I. Personal Ethical Standards

The Association expects its Members to behave professionally and ethically in the representation of their abilities and in their promotional materials and outreach, and to conduct themselves in a manner that reflects positively on the Association.

  1. Members shall present themselves honestly, in a dignified and professional manner, and with documented qualifications. These may include appropriate academic degrees, awards, professional affiliations, and teaching and performing experience.
  2. Members shall strive to teach with competence by demonstrating knowledge of voice pedagogy, musicianship, familiarity with a variety of vocal repertoire, as well as performance skills.
  3. Members should strive for continued growth in professional competencies.
  4. Members shall faithfully support the Association and are encouraged to participate in and contribute to its activities and mission.
  5. Members should abide by copyright laws and guard against encouraging or allowing infringement thereof.
  6. Members shall exhibit responsible and ethical behavior when using print, digital and social media associated with the profession and the studio.
  7. Members should be artistic resources for their communities.

II. Ethical Standards Relating to Students

The Association is committed to Member/Student relationships which foster excellence and learning in a dignified and professional environment, and which do not involve discrimination, sexuality, innuendo, or favoritism.

  1. Members should avoid all types of discriminatory practices. Appropriate guidelines are set forth in statutes such as Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Canadian Human Rights Act.
  2. Members should maintain appropriate boundaries in psychological, emotional, and personal contact with students, including insinuations that could be construed as sexual advances, even when a student may encourage or request such interaction.
  3. Members should respect the privacy and personal integrity of students, not disclosing confidential information except to the extent that a particular legal or academic system requires disclosure.
  4. Members should clearly communicate and comply with their studio policies and expectations in a timely and concrete manner.
  5. The relationship between teacher and student shall be established, maintained and terminated in a respectful, professional manner.
  6. Members should respect a student’s prerogative to obtain instruction from any teacher(s) of their choice, including concurrent study with another teacher(s). Transparency should be maintained among all parties.
  7. Members should offer their best instruction and career advice to every student under their supervision, and should treat each student in a respectful and impartial manner while taking into account individual differences in ability, learning styles and motivation.
  8. Members should refrain from making exaggerated claims or misleading statements concerning a student’s prospects for a professional career in music. They should not guarantee performances, professional positions or favorable contacts unless they can fulfill those promises.

III. Ethical Standards Relating to Colleagues

The Association encourages a mutually supportive atmosphere among its Members, and in their interactions with other related professionals.

  1. Members shall refrain from making defamatory or untrue negative public statements or judgments about colleagues or their students, either verbally or in writing.
  2. Members shall render honest and unbiased adjudication at auditions and competitions. If they are unable to do so, then they should recuse themselves.
  3. In cases where a Member determines that involving other professionals in a student’s instruction may be of benefit (for medical, technical, artistic, musical, pedagogical, or other reasons), Members shall strive to work collegially with these professionals.
  4. Rules and regulations of accredited academic institutions may at times take precedence over the Association’s Code of Ethics, should there be a conflict.
  5. Should ethical conflicts arise between Members and/or a NATS Entity, direct communication should be used to resolve problems among the involved parties. If the conflict cannot be resolved, the Association has a specific, detailed process for dealing with concerns.

This version of the Code of Ethics approved by the NATS Board of Directors in June 2018.

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2018 National Conference workshop presentations by VANATS members

We would like to acknowledge and celebrate our VANATS teachers for their presentation of the following workshops at the National NATS conference in Las Vegas.
Matt Edwards with Alisa Belflower
Music Theater & Pop/Rock Teaching and Adjudicating Style in Traditional Legit, Tin Pan Alley, Contemporary Legit, Contemporary Pop, and Pop/Rock Music Theater Repertoire
Edrie Means Weekly
Legit Singing In Musical Theatre & Bringing the Song to Life: It’s a Matter of Style
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Virginia students place at NATS National Conference Auditions

Congratulations to our Students and Teachers – We are very proud of your diligent work and accomplishments!

Category 2 – High School Music Theater Men

  • 2nd Place: Parker Waters, Mid-Atlantic Region, Student of Nancy MacArthur Smith

Category 4 – High School Men

  • 1st Place: Parker Waters, Mid-Atlantic Region, Student of Nancy MacArthur Smith

Category 13 – Graduate/Advanced Women

  • 1st Place: Crystal Golden, Mid-Atlantic Region, Student of Patricia Miller
  • 3rd Place: Yvette Rodriguez, Mid-Atlantic Region, Student of Dorothy Maddison
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Announcing the 2018 National Student Auditions Winners

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The final round of the NATS 2018 National Student Auditions (NSA) was held on Sunday, June 24, at the Tropicana Las Vegas during the 55th National Conference of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

More than $35,000 in prizes were awarded to our winners, who were officially announced to a standing room audience of teachers, collaborative pianists, parents, friends and family members.

VIRGINIA was well-represented.   

Congratulations to Crystal Golden!

First Place at NATS National Vocal Competition

The George Mason University School of Music [Fairfax County VIRGINIA] is proud to announce CRYSTAL GOLDEN (MM ’19), soprano, is the First Place winner in the Graduate / Advanced College Women category of the 2018 National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) NSA Vocal Competition. The final competition round of the NATS 2018 National Student Auditions (NSA) was held at the Tropicana in Las Vegas, Nevada, on June 24, 2018 as part of the 55th National Conference of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Crystal Golden is a student of University Professor Patricia Miller, director of Vocal Studies in the School of Music at George Mason. This is the first time a George Mason University School of Music student has won First Place in this prestigious National NATS Vocal Competition.

As national First Place winner of the NATS Graduate / Advanced College Women category, in addition to receiving a monetary prize, Crystal was awarded a special invitation and scholarship to attend the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria. For a detailed listing of winners and photos, please see the NATS website for full article:  Read more.
Crystal and Prof. Patricia Miller

 

More information on other VIRGINIA participants and photos will be added soon!

 

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2019 Convention Dates

To each and every wonderful member of Virginia NATS,

Please put the following dates on your calendar:

The VA NATS Convention & Student Auditions will be March 1st and 2nd at Shenandoah University.

The Mid Atlantic Convention & Student Auditions will be March 22nd and 23rd at Towson University.

Thank you,

Brian

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Letter from the President

Virginia NATS

 

February 5, 2018

Hello everyone,

 

Thank you all so much for participating in another really wonderful event this past weekend. Again, I find myself in awe of the wonderful training that is happening in our state, so on behalf of the students, their parents, and the audiences who get to enjoy all the hard work that we all do, thank you.

 

Lucy Hoyt and Carrie Stevens shared the responsibilities for the on-site coordination of our event at James Madison University this weekend, and along with the tremendous work of Susan Braden, I believe we had a tremendously smooth weekend. We had to find some substitute judges for those who fell ill with the flu, or had other health issues, but several of you stepped up and did a great deal of judging, and for that, we all thank you.

 

Susan Braden has stepped down a year early to be, among other things, a patient advocate for those who have cancer, and to work with the pharmaceutical companies as they develop their drug protocol. I am grateful to Susan for all of the hard work she has done over the past three years and how she has brought great professionalism, ideas, solutions, enthusiasm, collaboration, and joy to the board and the process. I have gained a tremendous amount of respect for Susan, both professionally and personally.

 

Kathleen Bell, who was our Technology Advisor was voted in as our new Vice President, which opened a spot for the Technology Advisor, so Anne Wick, who was a member at large, was voted in as our new Technology Advisor. I am grateful to these wonderful members of our community for stepping up into new, and challenging, positions, and saw first-hand this weekend that they are both well equipped to take their new positions and do a superb job.

 

Many thanks to Kate Hearden and Greg Parker for their service to the board. Both of these wonderful people have stepped down, and we voted this weekend to fill the open positions of at-large members of the board. Along with a third position, vacated when Anne Wick moved to our Technology advisor, we had the opportunity to vote in three new members to the board.

 

On Saturday, we had a ballot of eight individuals who were eager to serve on the board, and I’m happy to share with you all that the following members were voted in by those in attendance at the Saturday morning meeting. My thanks and congratulations to: Melissa Chavez, Jessica Spafford, and Sarah Hamilton.

 

Every year, we attempt to learn from our previous experiences and we keep a running list of ideas or situations that need our attention. I have already heard from a couple of teachers about a category that had fourteen students, and none of them were scored high enough to be eligible for the Mid-Atlantic Conference and Student Auditions. I share this with you because your board works for you, and it is our job to listen and try to rectify any situations that need our attention, or come to a conclusion which we will then share with you.

 

For those of you who will be receiving checks from Alison Rizutto in the very near future, please encourage your students who received checks to please cash them in a timely manner. Any check not cashed after sixty (60) days will become void.

 

For clarity sake going on to the Regional level and for the future.

 

  • You have to register your students for the Mid-Atlantic Conference, and as a reminder, once the repertoire is submitted, there is no changing it. Information about the next conference can be found on the main page of: http://midatlanticnats.org/

 

  • There are no photocopies allowed, not even one for a tough page turn, even if you are playing from, or have the actual score on the piano. Photocopying of music is simply not allowed. However, if you have legally purchased the sheet music from an online site, then this is not an issue. Music from imslp.org must be from “public domain” and, as I wrote to the membership in an earlier email, you need to take a screenshot of the page, proving that it’s not under copyright protection. Best practice is to have, and play from, the actual score.

 

  • I just received a link from Barbara Peters, our regional governor, regarding the copyright issue. This resource will inform us as to whether or not a classical piece is in the public domain, i.e., that it was published before 1923. The link is: https://jscholarship.library.jhu.edu/handle/1774.2/2085

 

With my thanks each and every teacher and collaborative artist,

 

Brian

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Thanks from our President

My thanks to Lucy Hoyt and Carrie Stevens for their work on making this weekend successful. As a former site coordinator, I know just how many details they had to cover, and they did a fantastic job. My thanks to the administration of James Madison University and the countless members of the staff who made us all feel welcome, and provided such a beautiful venue for our Conference and Student Auditions. Lastly, my thanks to the Student-NATS (SNATS) organization. Every time I walked through the hall, I saw smiling faces helping people, or just talking calmly to the nervous students, and their parents!

 

My sincere thanks to Kathryn Hearden and Gregory Parker for their service to the Virginia National Association of Teachers of Singing (VANATS). Their wonderful enthusiasm, knowledge, and desire to serve the best interests of the membership has truly been a blessing for us all. The time and energy they have given as members of the board, and membership coordinator have made our healthy chapter a stronger one.

 

I lack the command of the English language to sufficiently express my thanks and gratitude for our outgoing Vice-President, Susan Braden. Diagnosed just weeks after being voted into her office with a rare form of cancer, and given a prognosis of only two to six months, Susan has told the cancer that she’s not done with her work on earth, and has done her job with professionalism, enthusiasm, insight, humor, and joy.

 

Brian

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Congratulations to the Saturday Superlative Winners!

Best High School Female – Musical Theater  Chira Bell from the studio of Amy Asbury
Best High School Male – Musical Theater Maxwell Branciforte from the studio of Nancy MacArthur Smith
Best High School Female – Classical Shannon Crowley from the studio of Alan Fischer
Best High School Male – Classical Parker Waters from the studio of Nancy MacArthur Smith
Best Overall High School – Shannon Crowley
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Saturday VANATS Results

VANATS RESULTS

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2018

Category 1A-1

Lower High School Music Theater Women

First Ava Stevenson (H) from the studio of Brian Nedvin

Second Julia Finke (H) from the studio of Shelly Milam-Ratliff

Third  Colleen Clark (H) from the studio of Kathleen Bell

Honors Olivia Hollowell (H) from the studio of Mary Matthews

    Parker Bigley (H) from the studio of Mary Matthews

    Vivian Lemons (H) from the studio of Nancy MacArthur Smith

    Ariel White (H) from the studio of Mary Matthews

    Anjali Sharma (H) from the studio of Maura Brigham

    Vani Subramanian (H) from the studio of Joan Jurenas

   

 

Category 1A-2

Lower High School Music Theater Women

First Bella Cox (H) from the studio of Silvia Ledon

Second Savannah Howell (H) from the studio of Shelly Milam-Ratliff

Third  Madeleine LeBeau (H) from the studio of Nancy MacArthur Smith

Honors Angela Giaconia (H) from the studio of Amanda Fish

Olivia Butler (H) from the studio of Silvia Ledon

    Julia Condie (H) from the studio of Kathleen Bell

    Diana Halick (H) from the studio of Joan Jurenas

    Annabelle Moore (H) from the studio of Silvia Ledon

    Reagan Lagasse (H) from the studio of Silvia Ledon

Category 1B-1

Upper High School Music Theater Women

First Gabrielle Easter (H) from the studio of Silvia Ledon

Second Gillian Rydholm (H) from the studio of Melissa Chavez

Third Grace Shields (H) from the studio of Nancy MacArthur Smith

Honors Shaunjaney Bryan (H) from the studio of Cara Transtrom

    Samantha Hoffmann (H) from the studio of Kathleen Bell

    Madelynn Shores (H) from the studio of Kathleen Bell

    Sarah Petko (H) from the studio of Ellen Petko

    Gillian Saunders (H) from the studio of Maura Brigham

    Jahsaiah Moses (H) from the studio of Cara Transtrom

Category 1B-2

Upper High School Music Theater Women

First Chira Bel (H)l from the studio of Amy Asbury

Second Julia Ortiz (H) from the studio of Shelly Milam-Ratlilff

Third Cassandra Taxter (H) from the studio of Alan Fischer

Honors Hazel Thurston (H) from the studio of Joan Jurenas

            Eleanor Jacobson (H) from the studio of Nancy MacArthur Smith

           Jill Shoemaker (H) from the studio of Mary Matthews

          Noelle Buice (H) from the studio of Nancy MacArthur Smith

Category 1B-3

Upper High School Music Theater Women

First Shannon Crowley (H) from the studio of Alan Fischer

Second Sonali Doshi (H) from the studio of Joan Jurenas

Third Azariah Body (H) from the studio of Amy Asbury

    Alex Grigsby (H) from the studio of Patricia Ricciarelli

Honors Nerys Apple (H) from the studio of Kathleen Bell

    Maggie Guice (H) from the studio of Silvia Ledon

    Christina Sherman (H) from the studio of Alan Fischer

    Annie Wood (H) from the studio of Nancy MacArthur Smith

    Catherine Moore (H) from the studio of Connie Bloomer

    Christina Sherman (H) from the studio of Alan Fischer

    Annie Wood (H) from the studio of Nancy MacArthur Smith

Category 2A

Lower High School Music Theater Men

First Maxwell Branciforte (H) from the studio of Nancy MacArthur Smith

Second Conor Crowley(H) from the studio of Shelly Milam-Ratliff

Third Daniel Kroll (H) from the studio of Silvia Ledon

Honors Gabriel Escalante (H) from the studio of Amy Asbury

Kevin Nentwich (H) from the studio of Silvia Ledon

             Zachary Karnes (H) from the studio of Melissa Chavez

             Logan Sandefu (H) from the studio of Amy Asbury

Category 2B

Upper High School Music Theater Men

First Kyle Daisimer (H) from the studio of Cara Transtrom

Second Adi Wineland (H) from the studio of Joan Jurenas

Third Parker Waters (H) from the studio of Nancy MacArthur Smith

Honors Sean Hartigan (H) from the studio of Maura Brigham

    Ben Paulk (H) from the studio of Patricia Ricciarelli

    Kurt Lannetti (H) from the studio of Shelly Milam-Ratliff

    Liam Bloom (H) from the studio of Nancy MacArthur Smith

    Lucas Hallauer(H) from the studio of Alan Fischer

Category 3A-1

Lower High School Women

First Bella Cox (H) from the studio of Silvia Ledon

    Madeleine LeBeau (H) from the studio of Nancy MacArthur Smith

Third Olivia Butler (H) from the studio of Silvia Ledon

Honors Angela Giaconia (H) from the studio of Amanda Fish

    Cynthia Hu (H) from the studio of Margaret McNulty

    Annabelle Moore (H) from the studio of Silvia Ledon

    Olivia Offmaster (H) from the studio of Cara Transtrom

    Aleah McGill (H) from the studio of Mary Matthews

    Parker Bigley (H) from the studio of Mary Matthews

    Maura George (H) from the studio of Amy Asbury

    Katie Przybylski (H) from the studio of Joan Jurenas

    Tracy Waagner (H) from the studio of Margaret McNulty

    Alexandra Curcio (H) from the studio of Anne Wick

    Megan Vandre (H) from the studio of Margaret McNulty

Category 3A-2

Lower High School Women

First Colleen Clark from the studio of Kathleen Bell

First Ava Stevenson from the studio of Brian Nedvin

Third Olivia Hollowell from the studio of Mary Matthews

Honors Grace Vestermark from the studio of Connie Bloomer

            Rachel-Kate Picar from the studio Shelly Milam-Ratliff

            Holly Romanelli from the studio of Shelly Milam-Ratliff

            Marcie Van de Voorde from the studio of Connie Bloomer

            Alex Swanenburg from the studio of Mary Matthews

        

Category 3B-1

Upper High School Women

First Juliet Ortiz (H) from the studio of Shelly Milam-Ratliff

Second Chira Bell (H) from the studio of Amy Asbury

Third Rachel Cieplak (H) from the studio of Melissa Chavez

Honors Noelle Buice (H) from the studio of Nancy MacArthur Smith

    Cassandra Taxter (H) from the studio of Alan Fischer

    Lindsey Bertin (H) from the studio of Margaret McNulty

    Christina Sherman (H) from the studio of Alan Fischer

 

Category 3B-2

Upper High School Women

First Alex Grigsby (H) from the studio of Patridia Ricciarelli

Second Azariah Boyd from the studio of Amy Asbury

Third Sidney Duncan from the studio of Mary Matthews

    Catherine Moore from the studio of Connie Bloomer

Category 3B-3

Upper High School Women

First Shannon Crowley (H) from the studio of Alan Fischer

Second Nicolle Hendzel (H) from the studio of Mira Yang

Third Emma Giometti (H) from the studio of Shelly Milam-Ratliff

Honors Nerys Apple (H) from the studio of Kathleen Bell

    Olivia Chaves (H) from the studio of Nancy MacArthur Smith

    Augusta Nafziger (H) from the studio of Lucy Hoyt

    Margot Vanyan (H) from the studio of Nancy MacArthur Smith

    Sadie Jensen (H) from the studio of Janette Ogg

    Eleanor Jacobson (H) from the studio of Nancy MacArthur Smith

   

Category 4A

Lower High School Men

First Justiin Estanislao (H) from the studio of Shelly Milam-Ratliff

Second Eryk Nicolay (H) from the studio of Shelly Milam-Ratliff

Third Elijah Barb (H) from the studio of Ellen Petko

 

Category 4B

Upper High School Men

First Parker Waters (H) from the studio of Nancy MacArthur Smith

Second John Lopez (H) from the studio of Joan Jurenas

    Jaelin Mitchell (H) from the studio of Shelly Milam-Ratliff

Honors Donte Thompson (H) from the studio of Shelly Milam-Ratliff

    Kurt Lannetti (H) from the studio of Shelly Milam-Ratliff

    Eric Neff (H) from the studio of Shelly Milam-Ratliff

    Daniel Allen (H) from the studio of Ellen Petko

Jaden Brown (H) from the studio of Toni Crowder   

Category 15

Adult Women

First Seon Gyu Park (H) from the studio of Patricia Miller

Second Sarah Grace Fitzsimmons (H) from the studio of Patricia Miller

Third Kaitlyn Gallagher (H) from the studio of Mary Matthews

Honors Kelli Bly (H) from the studio of Brian Nedvin

    Kayleen Nagurny (H) from the studio of Connie Bloomer

    Marcia Espenshied (H) from the studio of Margaret McNulty

 

Category 16

Adult Men

First Benson Wallis (H) from the studio of Nancy MacArthur Smith

Second Zhencong Chen (H) from the studio of Patricia Miller

Third Kristopher Kouzougian from the studio of John Little

Category 17

Adult Musical Theater Women

First Rachel Mink from the studio of Pamela Beasley

Second Kaitlyn Gallagher from the studio of Mary Matthews

Third Caitlin O’Hara from the studio of Nancy MacArthur Smith

Honors Jennifer Levy from the studio of Peggy McNulty

Category 18

Adult Music Theatre Men

First Seth Lowery (H) from the studio of Kathryn Green

Second Alex Clark (H) from the studio of Amy Asbury

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Friday Superlative Award Winners Announced

Best College Female Musical Theatre

Amanda Mason from the studio Carrie Stevens

Beset College Male Musical Theatre

John Travis from the studio of Mindy Damon

Best College Female Classical

Yvette Rodriguez from the studio of Dorothy Maddison

Best College Male Classical

Jack Chandler from the studio of Ariana Elizabeth Wyatt

Best OVERALL COLLEGE

Yvette Rodriguez from the studio of Dorothy Maddison

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