40 Singers from the Mid-Atlantic Region advance to the Semi-Final Round of the National Student Auditions in Boulder

What exciting news for our Region!!!!!


Forty (40) of our region’s singers have qualified for the Semi-Final Round of the National Student Auditions to be held in Boulder, CO in July!  We have the largest representation of all NATS Regions J.  I’m blowing our corporate HORN J.  Please put the word out on your District websites, Facebook pages, Twitter Feeds, perhaps even naming the winners from your Districts.  The full list is found here:  https://www.nats.org/cgi/page.cgi/_article.html/What_s_New/Semifinalists_Announced_for_2017_National_Student_Auditions

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Video Submissions Deadline Sunday, April 23, 2017 Midnight

If you are planning on submitting your video for the National Auditions check out our competitions page just in case you didn’t receive an email.  The April 23 deadline is a hard deadline so don’t delay!  Good luck to all of you!

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Dear VANATS teachers,
I am sure you remember our wonderful Music Theatre clinician from our Spring Adjudications, Damian Perkins.  I am excited to tell you all that he is coming back to Richmond this summer to do one of his Broadway Master Clinic Camps!  This will be an INTENSIVE 8 hour a day for 3 days experience that will greatly benefit your musical theatre singers/performers.  He will keep the camp size small to have plenty of one-on-one-time with each performer.  This session will be held in Richmond, at Tabernacle Baptist Church, in the Fan District, on Meadow and Grove Ave.  The dates we are planning are June 22-24, a Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  IF you are interested, but cannot do those dates, let me know what dates work for you, and if there are enough to be flexible with the dates, we’ll try. If you have questions, please email Damian (damianjeanperkins@gmail.com), or if I can answer Richmond related questions, email me at susanbradenmusic@gmail.com.
We’re looking at a flexible age group for this – Adults, college students, high school students, and even mature middle schoolers, BUT it will be first-reserved/paid to be on the list, and this will be an elite, small group of performers, so you will have a true, intensive camp experience.  Please note, the camp fee does not include lodging or food, not that you’d need lodging in this central to Virginia location, but if you want to make a vacation of it, there are plenty of hotels nearby.
I hope you have some students who will be able to take advantage of the wealth of experience, skills, and motivational energy Damian offers.  He was wonderful in our Master Classes, but that was just a tiny sample of what he can do with your performers in an extended time period. I’m looking forward to helping with this, and I’m very excited to offer this to my students!
PLEASE forward this email to your students and have them fill out the registration and email it to Damian, either the text in the body of the email or the attached word doc.
Excitedly sincere,
Susan Braden, your VANATS Vice President
Susan Randolph Braden

Susan Braden Music Studio, Richmond, Virginia
Classical Voice, Musical Theatre, Jazz, CCM
Damian perkins
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New Letter from President Regarding Member Addresses

Please check out the new letter from Brian regarding updating your current address.

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New Letter from the President

Please click here to read a letter from the VANATS President, Brian Nedvin.

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Mid Atlantic Governor Election Reminder

2017 Mid-Atlantic Region Governor Election Ballot

The Mid-Atlantic Region Governor Nominating Committee was appointed by Governor Barbara Ann Peters to nominate (a) person(s) to serve as the next governor of the Mid-Atlantic Region. Nominating Committee members are: Jill Lewis (chair), DeMar Austin Neal IV, Deb Thurlow and Brian Nedvin.

The committee has nominated current regional governor Barbara Ann Peters, who is eligible for a second term, and Cheryl Greene as the candidates for your consideration.

REMINDER: The deadline for voting is Friday, March 10, 2017.

If you have already cast your vote, we thank you for your participation.

For those who have not voted, or if you’ve had difficulty accessing the ballot, please follow these steps:

1. Your NATS member login is required. CLICK HERE to access your member home page at www.NATS.org and enter your Member login and password. (Your email address for NATS correspondence is your login.)

2. Click the ballot link and cast your vote: Mid-Atlantic Region Governor Election Ballot

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Substitute Judges needed at MidAtlantic Regionals

Substitute Adjudicators are needed for Friday and Saturday, March 17-18, 2017 at UNC-Chapel Hill, NC.

Currently, over a dozen teachers are seeking willing, active, in-good-standing NATS members to substitute for them. I have no leads for these teachers. Please contact Barbara Peters (bapeters@mindspring.com) pronto, if you are interested in serving.

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New President’s Page

Please check out our new President’s page and read his latest letter to our organization.  You should have also received this in an email, but if you didn’t please be sure to let Brian know. I found mine in my SPAM folder.

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Changes in the VANATS Board

Friday night, February  24, 2017, Nancy MacArthur Smith was voted in as the VANATS new secretary for the next three years.  Nancy maintains a private studio in Northern Virginia and has served in various capacities over the years for VANATS.  We want to thank her for taking up the mantle of secretary and joining the Executive Board.

We also want to thank Lucy Hoyt who has served, inspired and mentored so many over the years. We cherish all that you have done, how you have made us laugh, and how you always kept it real.  We love you!!!

Anne Wick was also elected to serve as an “At-large” member.  Anne is an adjunct instructor at both Mary Baldwin University and James Madison University.  NATS has been a part of her singing and teaching life for many years and is happy to add her organizational and EXCEL skills to the VANATS Board.

Now remember, please register your students eligible to advance to MidAtlantic Regionals by THIS Friday, March 3, 2017.  There will be no repertoire changes after Friday and please make sure you, your students and your accompanists comply with the NATS copyright policy.  If you are confused about this, please click here.

If we don’t see you at UNC-Chapel Hill, see you next year FEBRUARY 2-3, 2018 at James Madison University!!!

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VANATS Superlative Awards!


Best High School Female – Musical Theatre – Cassie Davies from the studio of Mary Matthews

Best High School Male – Musical Theatre – Jack Cherry from the studio of Mary Matthews

Best High School Female – Classical – Ava Anderson from the studio of Shelly Milam-Ratliff

Best High School Male – Classical – Ricky Goodwin Jr from the studio of Shelly Milam-Ratliff



Best College Female – Musical Theatre – Isabel Stansbury from the studio of Susan Braden

Best College Male – Musical Theatre – William Cloud from the studio of Silvia Ledon

Best College Female – Classical – Zoe Jones from the studio of Youngmi Kim

Best College Male – Classical – Shyheim Hinnant from the studio of Kenneth Wood



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