January 27, 2019

Dear GHNATS Colleagues,

Enclosed is the information you will need to enter students in the 2019 Greater Houston NATS Classical Auditions. Auditions will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at the Moores School of Music on the University of Houston campus (3800 Cullen Boulevard, Houston, TX 77004).

In 2016, the National Office of NATS set new guidelines for all NATS auditions.  The purpose of these changes is to standardize auditions because all students now have the potential to feed into the national competitions. The complete guidelines, including video explanations and templates for judging forms, are available at: NSA Resources.

Repertoire requirements and the allotted time for each category follow the national guidelines: Chapter, District, Region, and National Student Auditions.

Online registration will open Saturday, February 2, 2019, and the deadline for entries will be 11:59pm on Saturday, March 2, 2019. There will be no exceptions to the deadline, so please plan ahead and complete your entries online. Registration is only available through the NATS website: >NATS. NATS has standardized the registration process throughout our organization, which will create many advantages. For example, your payment will now be processed through the National NATS website and will provide a detailed receipt to be stored in your member account for your reference or tax reimbursement purposes.

There will be a judges’ meeting beginning at 8:00 a.m. on the day of auditions. All teachers entering students in the auditions must be present at the meeting and must be available to judge the preliminary auditions. It is important for each teacher to read all of the following information carefully before registering students for the Classical Auditions.

Important points to remember:

  • No accompanist may play for more than ten students (either High School/Adult Division OR College/Advanced Division). This is very important to facilitate scheduling.
  • Singers should bring three adjudication sheets for the judges when they audition. Teachers are responsible for ensuring the accuracy of all information. Adjudication sheets can be printed upon completion of registration.
  • Once registered, there are no refunds for students or teachers who are unable to participate.
  • Categories that have three or fewer entrants will be combined with another comparable group.
  • It is important that teachers include current phone and email contact information for all accompanists listed.
  • Accompanists must play from original music. (See copyright laws below)

Registration instructions:

Please read and print the registration instructions that NATS has provided to its members: Accessing the NATS Auditions Registration System - instructions.

  • $20 per member registration fee (includes one boxed lunch)
  • $22 per student registration fee
  • $10 additional boxed lunch fee

As you register, please refresh your memory about the copyright laws to which we must adhere. Below is an excerpt from the NATS Policy on Copyright Laws:

The National Association of Teachers of Singing endorses a strict policy regarding copyright laws. The use of photocopied music is prohibited at all NATS sponsored events, from the national to the chapter level. Exceptions are:

  1. Music that is out of print, still under copyright law, with permission from a publisher.
  2. Sheet music or books for which the copyright has expired, but available in CD format. (e.g., CD Sheet Music)
  3. Sheet music purchased legally from an online vendor. Such music should have either a separate page proving the performer has purchased such OR a copyright notice at the bottom of the music that includes the performer’s name. Performers must be prepared to present proof of ownership upon request.
  4. Music available from approved public domain websites. Performers should take particular care when accessing these sites as some do not guarantee that all works are indeed in the public domain. Current approved online public domain sites are:

Loraine Sims, Associate Professor of Voice at Louisiana State University will present, "Working with Transgender and Non-Binary Singers". She will do a brief presentation on the vocabulary needed to be inclusive with this population, and she will discuss things to consider in making a vocal studio a safe space. She will cover four topics that voice teachers need to consider: 1. Understanding that voice dysphoria may or may not be part of the discussion; 2. What teachers and singers need to know about the effects of hormones on voices past puberty; 3. How to work with parents of underage trans students; 4. Vocal exercises to help if trans students do make the switch of fach with their transition. There will be a brief Q & A at the end of this informative session.

Please be aware that this means that a student may be disqualified if it is determined that there has been a violation of the copyright laws. It is not the intention of the GHNATS Board or of this auditions chair to cause a hardship on anyone. In order for our chapter to be in line with the policies of the National organization, this policy must be implemented and adhered to during the auditions.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO REVIEW THE CLASSICAL CATEGORIES AND ALL REPERTOIRE REQUIREMENTS. Make sure you properly select the GHNATS Classical Auditions when registering your students.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by phone or email.

Thank you,

Donna Hinds Sawyers
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832-928-8361 (mobile)

Michael Walsh
Classical Auditions chair
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713-882-5813 (mobile)