VANATS 2019 Registration is Closed

VANATS 2019 registration is now closed. In order to see up-to-date schedules, you will need to sign in to the members page at Once you sign in, you will find link under Members Home.

We are very excited to announce Nicholas Pallesen as our guest clinician and Judith Cline will offer two Alexander Technique workshops.

We look forward to seeing you March 1-2!

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Mid-Atlantic Region Conference Poster Presentations

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Looking back on 2018 … looking forward to 2019.

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Summer Program Audition Opportunity

AIMS [American Institute for Musical Studies] announces auditions for the 2019 summer program in Graz, Austria. To be held at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA — Feb. 2, 2019.


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Are You Considering Becoming a NATS Member?

Here is a link to more info. Sign up now for 2019 and get the rest of 2018 for free!

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NATS Membership Renewal for 2019 is open Oct. 1 – Jan 1.

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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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