Nominate a Colleague for NATS National Office

Nominate a Colleague for NATS National Office

The deadline for nominations is Monday, March 20, 2017

NATS is fortunate to have a legacy of fine national leadership and that leadership shapes the direction of our professional association. As a NATS member you are invited to submit suggestions for nominees for the national offices that will be open as of July 2018.

The open offices may include those of president-elect, vice president for membership, vice president for workshops, vice president for auditions, vice president for outreach, and secretary/treasurer.

The national committee of Norman Spivey, Chair, Earl Coleman, Cynthia Dewey, Lloyd Mims, and Martha Randall will recommend candidates for open offices and the slate will receive approval at the 2017 NATS Board of Directors meeting. All members will receive an official ballot in Fall 2017 to cast their official votes.
National Officer Nomination Form
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VANATS Clinician will be Damian Perkins


Damian Perkins has been honored to be a critically acclaimed, award-winning singer, filmmaker & Broadway/TV/Film actor. He has brought his skills to the television/movie and theater industry, with so much passion as a director and producer, as well as mentor to many successful careers and projects. He’s also had the privilege of running several prominent Musical Theater Performing groups and has trained hundreds of students over his professional career, which spans more than 20 years.

In all, Damian has done over 2000 live stage performances, including co-starring as “Benny”, (over 375 performances) in the Tony and Grammy-award winning Broadway hit, RENT! Damian and second National Tour company, were directed by Tony winning original Broadway director, Michael Grief. His company was nominated for 8 Dora Awards and received major reception by sold-out audiences and press alike.

He then origionated and co-starred as “Mereb”, in Elton John and Tim Rice’s Tony and Grammy award-winning smash hit AIDA on Broadway, (over 950 performances). AIDA is distinguished as the 34th longest running musical of all-time! The cast and Damian received much critical praise playing “Mereb” opposite Heather Headley, (who won the Tony for her role as AIDA), Adam Pascal, Sheri Rene Scott and Idina Menzel. He was also featured on the Grammy winning AIDA cast album.

In addition to performing, Damian has produced and directed over 30 successful stage productions, (several at the world renowned Stella Adler theater in Hollywood, including his new musical, “Divine Lust”). He has created and/or ran several prominent musical theater performing groups for young adults and children for over 20 years. In addition, he has produced several music videos for prominent artists.

Finally, with many years of credits on IMDB, he has produced, acted in and directed nearly a dozen films, (some major hits like “The Take” with John Leguizammo). And as well has orchestrated three of his films, written music and won a Gold award for his film, “Manic”, at the California Film Festival.

Acting guest star credits include past hit TV series CSI: Miami, Charmed, Providence, The Net, The Sentinel, Family Matters and four TV pilots. His diverse career also includes starring in over a dozen national commercials (for Pepsi, Coke, Pringles, KFC, McDonald’s Nike, etc).

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Call for Nominations for Mid Atlantic Regional Governor

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS – Mid-Atlantic Region Governor
Deadline for nominations is Friday, February 10, 2017!

Your region of NATS will soon be electing a region Governor. This important position will serve on the National Board of Directors beginning in July 2017 and work within your region to promote and develop successful NATS events in your region. It is a position that requires expertise and skill as well as time.

The current region governor Barbara Ann Peters is eligible for re-election and has indicated that she is willing to serve a second term, if nominated by the committee.

Please consider nominating one of your colleagues who you feel not only has the expertise and skill but also the time necessary to devote to this important role within NATS.

Barbara Ann Peters has appointed a nominating committee chaired by Jill Lewis and including DeMar Austin Neal IV, Deb Thurlow and Brian Nedvin.

Your nomination should include the candidate’s name and a brief statement as to why you think this person is ideally suited to this position of leadership. You can complete the nomination form online HERE. Each submission will be automatically forwarded to the nominating committee for their consideration, and you could be contacted by the committee during deliberations should they need additional perspective.

The deadline for making nominations is February 10, 2017.

Mid-Atlantic Region Governor Nomination Form

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VANATS Registration up and running!

VANATS student auditions are February 24th and 25th at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond. In order to register, you MUST have paid both your 2017 VA and National dues on the website. Give us a day or two to update our audition site to put you in the system. Your email to sign on the audition site is the email you used to join and pay at All the information about the event – including the new poster presentation opportunity – is on our state site – The audition site is We look forward to seeing most of you this February. If you have moved outside our district of VA, please let Susan Braden know to remove your name from our roster. If any of you have questions, please email Susan through the vanats website or at

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VANATS Poster Presentations


Call for Poster Presentations

VA NATS Conference and Student Auditions

February 24th and 25th, 2017

Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

Submission Dates:  We will receive submissions from

December 12th, 2016 through January 20th, 2017

VANATS active members in good standing and students are invited to submit proposals for special sessions to be presented at the newly structured 2017 VANATS Conference and Student Auditions. Proposed poster presentations should appeal to both STUDENTS and TEACHERS.  Proposals will be selected by the VANATS Proposal Review Committee.  All proposals MUST be submitted via email to all three of the following: Alison Rizzuto, Katheryn Hearden, and Kevin McMillan

Note: Presenters must be registered for the 2017 VANATS Conference and Student Auditions.  They will be required to provide their own materials (handouts, etc) and will be responsible for any travel and lodging, as needed. Presentations should be related to the voice and voice-related issues. Examples would include: vocal repertoire, acoustics of sound, training specific voice types, pedagogical issues in the studio, etc.

The following items will be required as part of the application process via email:

  • Name and e-mail of one active NATS member we may contact who may verify your expertise in the area you are proposing.
  • A PDF document of a narrative describing the poster in detail (2-page maximum)
  • Poster Presentation Title
  • Presenter Name
  • Employer/University
  • Email
  • Cell Phone
  • Mailing Address
  • Other Phone
  • Website
  • Presenter Bio (maximum of 150 words)
  • Headshot

***Please note that this is different from the Mid-Atlantic Poster Presentations, although you may apply to both***

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First Annual Mid Atlantic Regional Poster Presentations – Deadline extended to February 3, 2017

Do you or one of your graduate students have voice related research you would like to present?  Click here for more details.  Deadline is February 3, 2017.

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President’s Letter

Please read the new President’s letter from Brian that contains important information about the VANATS chapter.

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New Hotel Information

Please check out the new “Hotel accommodations” page on the website.  Remember to act before January 23, 2017 to get these great rates!

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Renew Your Membership!

The 2016 renewal period for your membership in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) has begun!  Please note that if you have not renewed your membership, you cannot register your students for VANATS student auditions February 24-25, 2017.

Since the deadline for VANATS this year is January 31, 2017, please renew by January 31!

Each year, the renewal period begins Oct. 1 and continues until Feb. 1. (VANATS members remember to think JAN 31)  NATS membership runs on a calendar year, so your timely renewal ensures that NATS is able to continue to expand its services. By renewing your membership today, it will ensure that you will continue to receive your many NATS benefits, including:

  • A yearly subscription to Journal of Singing, in addition to access to the Journal of Singing complete digital archive on the new
  • A subscription to the weekly e-newsletter Intermezzo
  • A subscription to the semiannual Inter Nos newsletter (spring and fall)
  • NATS activities
  • Discounts to all NATS events
  • The ability to belong to a local NATS chapter
  • Access to participate in Student Auditions at the regional and national level
  • Access to “Members Only” sections of
  • A complete history of all purchases made with NATS, including membership dues renewal, event registrations, chapter dues payments and purchases through the NATS Store.

The online renewal process is simple:

Simply visit the Member Home area and log in using your member credentials (your login is your e-mail address). A button on the home screen will guide you through the online renewal process and allow for easy, secure payment via credit card (Visa or Mastercard) OR check.

Forgot your password? Simply click on the Forgot Password link and yours will be automatically sent to you.

To renew online and pay by check, simply complete the online renewal form, select “Pay by Check,” print your renewal statement from the website and mail the statement with your payment to the NATS National Office.

A late renewal fee of $10 is added to all memberships not renewed by Feb. 1. Members not renewed by March 1 lose all member privileges and must pay a $20 reactivation fee through Sept. 30. Any member reactivating between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, 2016, will be required to pay a $50 reactivation fee, plus dues for the 2017 season.

After March 1, reactivations must be completed online.

Don’t hesitate to contact our office if you have any questions or concerns about your membership.

Thank you for being a member of NATS!

Amanda Wood – Membership & Program Coordinator or 904-992-9101

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VANATS 2017!!!


VANATS 2017 auditions will be February 24-25, 2017
at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA.

MID-ATLANTIC auditions will be March 17-18, 2017 at UNC-Chapel Hill.  Please take a look at the Mid-Atlantic Rules distributed by Barbara Peters, our Regional Governor.

More information will be coming soon and registration will be ready after Thanksgiving.  We look forward to another year of fantastic workshops and great singing!

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