A Message from the President

Two items for your consideration:

  1. If you’d like to support the Awards Endowment fund, please write to Alison Rizzuto alisonrizzuto@gmail.com

2.There is a need for substitute adjudicators at the Regional Conference and Student Auditions, held at Liberty University this year. Your box lunch will be provided and you will be able to attend the clinician presentations and the Honors Recitals. If you are interested in attending and being a substitute judge, please contact our Regional Governor, Barbara Peters at bapeters@mindspring.com.

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VANATS in New York

Congratulations to Baritone Erik Grendahl from Herndon, Va., who finished second and also won the Kirsten/Browning Award for Most Potential at the NATSAA competition this past weekend.
Grendahl won more than $6,000 in cash and prizes: $4,000 cash plus a $2,000 scholarship to attend AIMS in Graz and a $500 gift certificate from Hal Leonard Corporation. Grendahl received an additional $1,500 as winner of the Kirsten/Browning Award for Most Potential. Grendahl is a student of Kevin McMillan.

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VANATS Audition Schedule Available now!

The VANATS audition schedule is available at nats.org. Be sure to log on and check the member section to access student, accompanist and judging schedules. Please let us know ASAP if you have any problems! See you in February.

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Call for Poster Presentations NATS Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference and Student Auditions

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March 16 and 17, 2018 Liberty University-Lynchburg, VA
Submission Dates: We will receive submissions from
January 1, 2018 through February 20, 2018

NATS Mid-Atlantic active members in good standing and students are invited to submit proposals for special sessions to be presented at the 2018 NATS Mid-Atlantic Region Conference and Student Auditions. Proposed poster presentations should appeal to both STUDENTS and TEACHERS. Proposals will be selected by the NATS Mid-Atlantic Proposal Review Committee. All proposals MUST be submitted via email to Brian Nedvin bnedvin@odu.edu and Kristen Wunderlich wonderlichk@winthrop.edu

Note: Presenters must be registered for the 2018 NATS Mid-Atlantic Regional 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.
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

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VANATS Auditions Deadline Tomorrow!

The VANATS audition registration deadline is tomorrow December 15, 2017!

You will need to go through the nats.org website to register

Once you login go to “Member home” and scroll down to find the Audition registration tab. Once you click on that, you should be good to go.

If you have not paid your NATS dues, you will not be able to register. It takes a little while for the payment to go through, so make sure you do that TODAY! Please contact Susan Braden if you have any problems.


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Call for Poster Presentations

Call for Poster Presentations

VA NATS Conference and Student Auditions

February 2nd and 3rd 2018

James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

Submission Dates:  We will receive submissions from

December 1st, 2017 through January 29th, 2018

Please click here for more detailed information

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Updated Information Added for VANATS 2018

We have added several new updates about VANATS 2018. Thank you all so much for your patience with this process. We know that there are many changes (keeps life interesting, right?)  Please remember to renew your NATS membership before trying to register for VANATS 2018. This year there is just a 15 day window to register your students:  December 1 -15, 2017. The conference is February 2-3, 2018 and we need time to make sure everything is done in a timely fashion. A list of local pianists will be available soon, but this is what we have added so far:

Hotel page with some great deals for the VANATS conference!

Clinician Page for some great information about Rod Gilfry!


  1. Poster presentations will replace workshops – please contact alisonrizzuto@gmail.com to submit a proposal.
  2. There will be TWO honors recitals: one Friday ~5:30PM and one Saturday ~3PM
  3.  The Friday banquet has been replaced by a “heavy” hors d’oevres reception with cash bar (fee of $25 with registration).
  4.  The Friday master class has been replaced by a fabulous recital (included with your registration!) with our guest artist Rod Gilfry
  5. There will be a dessert reception after the recital
  6. The membership meeting will be Saturday morning – please come on time so we can vote on new members
  7. Your adjudication envelopes will be available AFTER the Saturday afternoon honors recital.
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Amazing showing by VANATS at the Mid-Atlantic NATSAA Competition

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Preliminary Round Winners

Winner:  Erik Grendahl, Baritone from the studio of  Kevin McMillan

First Alternate:  Chrystal Williams, Mezzo Soprano from the studio of Kathryn Cowdrick

Second Alternate: Daniel Smith, Baritone from the studio of Patricia Miller

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President’s Letter

Our mission statement is: To encourage the highest standards of the vocal art and of ethical principles in the teaching of singing; and to promote vocal education and research at all levels, both for the enrichment of the general public and for the professional advancement of the talented.


October 3, 2017

Hello everyone,

I hope that this letter finds everyone healthy, doing well personally, and with studios filled with enthusiastic, talented, and brilliant students!

We frequently referenced our mission statement during our very successful and thorough meeting on Saturday, September 16th, and we are all excited to share lots of information with everyone.

State Conference and Student Auditions:

This is NEW: Registration is only 2 weeks long, from December 1st through December 15th. Please remember that we, unlike the regional or national level, have the ability to change repertoire choices on the day of our student auditions. This is not ideal, but we do understand that this is a positive option at the state level.

Our reasoning behind the shorter, and earlier registration date, includes the hope is that we can find a registration time and keep it stable from year-to-year, even though the dates we hold the auditions will move somewhat. We tried to take into account our entire membership in coming to this decision. The schedule that you will receive for our state event should be expected two weeks prior to the event. For this year, we should be able to get the schedule out to the membership sometime around January 18th.

Our State Conference and Student Auditions will take place at James Madison University, in Harrisonburg, VA, on February 2nd and 3rd.  As you plan for this fantastic event, please know that your presence is required for both days.

Regional Conference and Student Auditions:

Our Regional Conference and Student Auditions will take place at Liberty University, in Lynchburg, VA, on March 16th and 17th.

 Treasurer Report:

Our Treasurer, Alison Rizutto, reported that we are in good shape financially, and because of that, we are looking to start an investment fund. We are going to start it with one thousand dollars, and we will match all donations, up to the first two thousand dollars from the membership, with the goal of being able to invest five thousand dollars. The goal of this investment account is to continue to feed the account from year to year so as to be able to have money, both in reserve, as well as to generate income for the awards. A discussion about the potential desire to increase the amount those winning first, second, and third in their categories arose, and this money would help defer the cost throughout the entire membership.

 Vice-President’s report:

Susan Randolph Braden sent out a survey to the membership. She gathered some wonderful information, and we heard back from about 18% of the membership. We really do value your input, and we’d love to hear from the vast majority of members, so next time, please share your thoughts with us.

Technology Advisor’s report:

We have a section on our website (add url) where we have information regarding summer programs, competitions, etc. (https://vanats.org/competitions/) If you are running a summer program, competition, or have a summer program to recommend, please send that information to Kathleen Bell (kathleenbell2000@gmail.com). We do not endorse any of the information, but we want to provide it as a place to come do research.

We are constantly trying to improve our website, and keep it up to date. Usually, we don’t change out the website until after our Fall meeting, so be on the lookout for new information. If you don’t see the information you need, please contact either me (briannedvin@yahoo.com) or Kathleen Bell (kathleenbell2000@gmail.com) We are also looking forward to posting photographs from events, so if you take pictures that you think would be beneficial to the membership, please send them in. We may not be able to post all of them, we will see how many we get. Please do consider taking photos of studio recitals, both for those happening at universities/colleges, as well as in the private studio. A photo of your studio recital might just be the catalyst needed by another member to provide that opportunity for their students, and/or to give someone a great idea about their studio recital.

Nomination Committee:

One piece of information that we received from the aforementioned survey was in response to whether you’d like to serve on the board. There were several individuals who already let us know that they are interested, and if you are interested, but didn’t answer the survey, there’s still time because we’re looking for at least one member-at-large, so please contact Byron Jones (bjones@su.edu).

Musical Theatre:

As we delve further into the development and support of students who wish to pursue musical theatre, we are going to attempt to avoid scheduling our Conference at the same time as the VTA and/or the SETC auditions. Information for which can be found at:

https://www.vtasite.org/setcauditions, and https://www.setc.org/auditions/spring-professional/.

Poster Presentation at VANATS and Mid-Atlantic NATS:

We are having poster presentations at our State Conference & Student Auditions, so please send your poster submissions to Alison Rizutto (alisonrizzuto@gmail.com)  and Cindy Donnell (csdonnel@vcu.edu).

We are also having poster presentations at the Regional Conference & Student Auditions, so please send your submissions to Kristen Wonderlich (wonderlichk@winthrop.edu) and Brian Nedvin (bnedvin@odu.edu).


  1. Everything has to be memorized, no exceptions (not even for oratorio)
  2. iPads are not allowed to be used by collaborative artists, and will result in the student being disqualified.
  3. Students may pick their first piece and we are required to hear it in its entirety. We had a couple of students who picked a piece that took up their entire time slot. They may do that, but adjudicators should score accordingly. Therefore; if a category expects a student to sing in three languages, and there is only time to hear a student sing in one language, that student should be scored accordingly.
    1. Only judicious cuts can be made by the student that include: shortening the introduction, interlude(s) and/or postlude.
    2.  Remember that the English song must be an Art Song not an aria from an Oratorio or Opera in English.

New to this year:

We are going to split the Honor’s recital, having one at the end of each day. We will have the Honor’s recital on Friday night, followed by a break (with a cash bar), followed by the Guest Artist’s recital.

Saturday morning will be the membership meeting, along with the regular morning meeting. The masterclass will be during the day on Saturday, and the Honor’s recital for Saturday will happen that afternoon/early evening.

We are all working diligently to make sure that the Virginia NATS event in February is a wonderful one and we hope to see everyone there.

From National: The 2018 renewal period for your membership in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) has begun!

Each year, the renewal period begins Oct. 1 and continues until Jan. 1. 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 complete Journal of Singing digital archive on NATS.org
  • 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, including the 55th National Conference in Las Vegas
  • 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 NATS.org
  • A complete history of all purchases made with NATS, including membership dues renewal, event registrations, chapter dues payments and purchases through the NATS Store.

We’d like to remind you that JANUARY 1 is the actual member renewal deadline. Historically, a grace period in January has been allowed for renewal, prior to a late fee being added. A late renewal fee of $10 is added to all memberships not renewed by Feb. 1.

On behalf of your board,

Most sincerely,

Brian Nedvin




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Registration is early this year!!!

DATES, location and registration DEADLINES and schedule of FEES

2018 Auditions

Friday, February 2nd and Saturday, February 3rd, 2018
James Madison University
Carrie Stevens and Lucy Hoyt, site co-coordinators


Registration Dates and Deadlines

December 1, 2017

  • Registration opens

****December 15, 2017****

  • Registration closes
  • All payments due
  • Last date for a student to drop from the auditions and receive a refund of the student audition fee.  Refunds will be paid at the conclusion of the conference.
  • Deadline for online changes to repertoire (changes can only be made at VANATS conference using the Change of Repertoire Form.  Regionals does not allow changes in repertoire after registration.

Schedule should be emailed approximately 2 weeks before the auditions

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