President’s Page

March 30, 2017

Virginia NATS

Hello once again,

I promise not to inundate your inbox with too many emails, but I have been asked to remind everyone to please make sure that your information is up to date.

The information that we have on AuditionWare is where we send the adjudication sheets, so if that information is not updated, your student’s adjudication sheets will be floating around in the US Postal system for a while. Unfortunately this happened to one of our own who attended the Regional Conference & Student Auditions, and I would like to help our membership avoid this frustration in the future.

Even if you just attended the Regional Conference & Student Auditions, please log on to the above website; go to Member Tools, and then My Profile. Please check your address, phone numbers, and email address.

Sincerely,

Brian Nedvin

VANATS President

 

 

Virginia NATS

March 26, 2017

Hello everyone,

Votes are in, thank you to everyone who took the time to vote, and hopefully everyone received the emails! The votes for the position of President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Technology advisor were such that these four individuals will continue to serve VANATS for the next two years!

Once again, 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. April 25th or 26th would be sixty (60) days, depending on whether your student competed on Friday, or Saturday.

I’d like to share some important dates with you, and I these dates are begging to be on your calendar:

  • The 2017 NATS Summer Workshop will take place in Boulder, CO from July 20th – 21st.
  • The Virginia NATS Conference & Student Auditions will be held from February 2nd-3rd 2018 at James Madison University.
    • Registration will probably open December 1st 2017 for VANATS and will probably close around January 14th
  • The Regional NATS Conference & Student Auditions will be held from March 16th-17th 2018 at Liberty University.
  • We are looking at the Virginia NATS Conference & Student Auditions for 2019 to be held at Shenandoah University potentially on January 25th-26th, 2019.
  • The Regional NATS Conference & Student Auditions will be held March 15th-16th 2019 at a location to be determined in Maryland.

The biggest change in the Regional experience was the sing-off round. Groups that were subdivided moved only the top three scores to the sing-off round. From that group, the top five scores moved up to the semi-final (YouTube) round for the National Student Auditions (NSA), of which only the top fourteen (14) move to the final round.

  • To be clear, if a category is so large that it has to be divided into two, or three, sub-categories, then the top three scores move on. This meant that if there was a tie for 1st (95) and 2nd was one person (94) and 3rd was another tie (93) then five people, instead of just three, moved to the sing-off round. The same thing happened with the results of the sing-off. If there was a tie for any of the top five scores, those people moved forward to the semi-final round of the NSA.
    • We are considering moving to a slightly different way of scoring where if there is a tie for 1st, then there would be no second, and then the next “place” would be third. In the above scenario, only the two tied for 1st and the single individual in 2nd (now 3rd in this scoring system) would move on.
  • I was asked about Honors for students who scored 90 and above, or who received two scores of 90 and above. I spoke to our Regional Governor, Barbara Peters, and was informed that this is only done at the State level to acknowledge who is eligible to move onto the Regional round.

The 1st place winner of every category is invited to sing at the Honor’s recital, as is the winner of the sing-off round, which could be someone other than the 1st place winner of the sub-categories, so if a category was sub-divided into three sub-categories, then we could potentially have four (4) people singing on the Honor’s Recital.

Once again we had individuals who were disqualified for various reasons. Just for clarity sake:

  • No photocopied page, not even for a bad page turn, is allowed.
  • Pianists/Collaborative Artists are not allowed to play from an iPad, or other electronic device.
  • Change of repertoire is only allowed at the State level. There was a case where an individual found our change of repertoire form and used it, even though it clearly states that it’s for Virginia. Others simply wrote in their change of repertoire, and they were disqualified.

I hope that everyone is actually getting some spring weather and has the opportunity to take advantage of the beautiful weekend that we’re experiencing here in Norfolk.

Sincerely,

Brian Nedvin

VANATS President

Virginia NATS

February 28, 2017

Hello everyone,

Thank you all so much for participating in a really wonderful event this past weekend. I want to thank you for your teaching, for making the time to come to this event, for your adjudication and all the wonderful and helpful comments that you all made. I read the comments for my students and thought, these comments are spot-on. How helpful to have this feedback from professionals to help our students either hear these comments in a slightly different way, or even with the exact same words and ideas. I hope all of you feel that these comments are helpful and lead to our students being even more engaged and excited about singing! Please thank our many collaborative artists who also came and did a fantastic job.

Many thanks to Susan Braden, our amazing Vice-President, for all of her incredible work making this weekend possible. Another big thank you to Cindy Donnell, our on-site coordinator at Virginia Commonwealth University, and all of her colleagues, for all of the amazing work that they did to make this weekend so successful. After hosting this event at Old Dominion University the weekend it snowed (a lot!), I am also appreciative of the wonderful weather that they ordered!

I’d like to thank Lucy Hoyt for her work as Secretary of the Board. Her effervescent attitude and the work she has done has been stellar. One of the behind the scenes projects that Lucy spearheaded, and wrote, was a document for the board that has since been recognized all throughout the organization to the highest levels. On a personal note, I always looked forward to attending meetings and the conferences knowing that Lucy would be there; meeting with her to work on the aforementioned document, and knowing that if my organizational skills were less than they should be, Lucy was always there to produce the document, or answer the question, that I had. On behalf of the Board and the entire membership, thank you.

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.

I’d like to share some important dates with you, and I encourage you to put them on your calendar:

  • The Regional NATS Conference & Student Auditions will be held from March 17th-18th 2017 at the University of North Carolina @ Chapel Hill.
  • The 2017 NATS Summer Workshop will take place in Boulder, CO from July 20th – 21st.
  • The Virginia NATS Conference & Student Auditions will be held from February 2nd-3rd 2018 at James Madison University.
    • Registration will probably open December 1st 2017 for VANATS and will probably close around January 14th
  • The Regional NATS Conference & Student Auditions will be held from March 14th-17th 2018 at Liberty University.

I want everyone to know that we are all listening to you. Some of the feedback that we have received has to do with scheduling, tone set at the morning meetings, and the consistency of scoring. We will certainly discuss everything that is brought to our attention and we will endeavor to find solutions for every issue brought before the board. With that said, I encourage you to share your thoughts and ideas with us. If you have a thought about how to get more people involved, I’m eager to hear that too.

For clarity sake going on to the Regional level and for the future.

  • Until further notice, please know that collaborative artists are not allowed to use an iPad from which to play. I have discussed this with our Regional Governor and we are looking into it.
  • There are no photocopies allowed, not even one for a tough page turn, even if you are playing from, or have the actual score on the piano. Photocopying of music is simply not allowed. However, if you have legally purchased the sheet music from an online site, then this is not an issue. Music from imslp.org must be from “public domain” and, as I wrote to the membership in an earlier email, you need to take a screenshot of the page, proving that it’s not under copyright protection. Best practice is to have, and play from, the actual score.

Please remember that we have to RE-register our students by this Friday night. You register the same way you do for our conference, except you click on Mid-Atlantic instead of VA. If you are frustrated and need help, please let me know and I will endeavor to help you.

With my thanks each and every teacher and collaborative artist,

Brian