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.
Here is a link to more info. Sign up now for 2019 and get the rest of 2018 for free!
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.
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.
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.
The Association encourages a mutually supportive atmosphere among its Members, and in their interactions with other related professionals.
This version of the Code of Ethics approved by the NATS Board of Directors in June 2018.
Congratulations to our Students and Teachers – We are very proud of your diligent work and accomplishments!
Category 2 – High School Music Theater Men
Category 4 – High School Men
Category 13 – Graduate/Advanced Women
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.
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.
More information on other VIRGINIA participants and photos will be added soon!
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.
February 5, 2018
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.
With my thanks each and every teacher and collaborative artist,