Online Video Auditions
Deadline: Friday, May 1, 2020
SCHEDULE AND INFORMATION
- May 1 - All video submissions are due by 12pm on Friday, May 1
- May 6-10 - Adjudication of video submissions
- May 12 - Announcement of Finalists & Semifinalists
- May 13-17 - Adjudication of Finalists by Guest Judges
- May 19 - Announcement of Winners
*If a previously registered student does not submit a video audition by the May 1 deadline, the teacher will be reimbursed once the competition finishes. Teachers choosing not to participate should notify Michael Walsh by email and make sure their previously registered students do not upload a video audition. New teachers and students are welcome to register by the deadline.
Repertoire requirements follow the national guidelines: NSA Revised Categories
The complete guidelines, including video explanations and templates for judging forms, are available at: NSA Resources
Online registration is now open and the deadline for entries will be 12:00 pm on Friday, May 1, 2020. 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: http://www.nats.org/. NATS has standardized the registration process throughout our organization, which has created many changes (and advantages) to years past. It is important for each teacher to read all of the following information carefully before registering students for the Classical Auditions. Make sure your NATS membership is in good standing (dues paid) and that you have selected Greater Houston as your local chapter. It takes 24-48 hours to process dues so plan ahead.
Please read and print the registration instructions that NATS has provided to its members: Accessing the NATS Auditions Registration System
- $20 per member registration fee
- $22 per student registration fee
Responding to members’ needs and desires to become more inclusive of ALL singers regardless of gender, the NATS Board voted to make the following changes to the NSA regulations:
- Audition Category Names have been changed:
- Odd-numbered categories (formerly titled “Women”) are changed to “Treble” to include students singing Soprano, Mezzo, Alto, or Countertenor.
- Even-numbered categories (formerly titled “Men”) are changed to “TBB” to include students singing Tenor, Baritone, and Bass.
- Improvements to the NATS Audition Rubrics:
- Change of scoring descriptors from “Lowest,” “Average,” and “Best” to “Developing,” “Advancing,” and “Accomplished.”
- Expanded definitions of “Mix” and “Belt” on the Music Theater Rubric
- Teachers now have access to a Fillable PDF student-information sheet that they can send to all of their students to complete and return, so that teachers have all of the information they will need prior to completing the students’ registrations.
- The use of iPads and tablets as musical scores for collaborative pianists during all levels of NATS auditions has been approved and are held to the same standard as any other musical score used for auditions.
Teachers, pianists, and students will now verify their music abides by copyright laws when they register. NATS members, singers, and pianists will need to affirm that they will only use legal copies of music during NATS events as part of the registration process. Entrants will not be able to compete until they complete this copyright acknowledgment.
As you register, please review the updated NATS copyright laws to which we must adhere: NATS Copyright FAQs
The chapter highly encourages students to utilize accompaniment recordings from the originally scheduled pianists. In the event that pianist is unavailable, the students may use the pre-recorded tracks found on Appcompanist, Hal Leonard’s Virtual Library, or other similar sources that offer piano-only accompaniments. YouTube Karaoke Tracks are also acceptable, as long as they are piano only. NO orchestrated tracks or tracks with other instruments or voices will be acceptable and would result in disqualification. More information is found under the ‘Accompanists and Copyright’ section. Please note that this will not be an accepted precedent for future auditions but is rather an isolated exception necessitated by a highly unusual global crisis. Because of this, videos will not be required to show the pianist. All other guidelines outlined in the video submission guidelines at NSA You Tube Round Video Submissions will apply and must be followed.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO REVIEW THE CLASSICAL CATEGORIES AND ALL REPERTOIRE REQUIREMENTS. Make sure you properly select the GHNATS Classical Online Video Auditions when registering your students and register your students in the appropriate category.
If you have any questions, please contact us by phone or email as we are the first point of contact. Do not contact NATS or Auditionware if you have any issues. Contact us first so we can resolve the issue directly. We are happy to assist!
Donna Hinds Sawyers
Music Theater Auditions chair
Classical Auditions chair
You should record your video in the spirit of a live audition or recital performance. You may record in a home, school, church, synagogue, recital hall, rehearsal room, or voice studio with good natural acoustics with or without an audience. You should dress professionally, as you would for a recital or live audition.
- You should record a separate unedited video for each selection on your repertoire list.
- Your camera should record from a fixed position as if three adjudicators were seated in front of you.
- You should face straight forward to the camera as you would appear to adjudicators in a live audition.
- Your video recordings must clearly show your face and most of your upper body.
- Introduce each selection at the beginning of the video. I will sing—Title of Composition---by—Composer—and if appropriate—from---Title of Work. The identity of your teacher, school and region should not be revealed.
- You must perform each of your selections from memory on your recording.
Preparing the YouTube Video
- Please note that you must select "public" or "unlisted" in the Privacy settings found under the broadcasting and Sharing Options section when uploading your video file to YouTube.
- If you select "private," adjudicators will not be able to access your submission(s).
- In the application, provide the web link/address for each video that corresponds to the appropriate repertoire selection – either 3, 4, or 5 total selections, depending on your category.
- Please double check the links you provide for each video before submitting your application.
The following video problems would make them invalid.
- Videos revealing the teacher’s identity, the region of the singer, or the school they attend.
- Videos with “private’ sharing options (see above).
- Videos that pan and zoom during performances.
- Videos using additional recording equipment other than the camera.
- Videos that are digitally altered.
Semifinalists and Finalists results will be posted on our website: www.ghnats.org
Teachers and students will be notified if they are a Finalist on May 12. A panel of guest judges will review and adjudicate the top three Finalists in each category and rate them. No judges’ comments are given in the Finals, only a ranking number. Winners’ certificates will be mailed to the teacher of the winner following Finals which will be announced on May 19.
ACCOMPANISTS AND COPYRIGHT
Due to the unprecedented nature of the times in which we find ourselves, with growing travel restrictions, school closings (and/or transitions to online instruction), and wide-spread health concerns, we know it will be nearly impossible for many to meet and record videos with live accompanists during this time. The chapter highly encourages students to utilize accompaniment recordings from the originally scheduled pianists. However, during this crisis NATS will allow students to record audition videos using pre-recorded tracks such as found on Appcompanist, Hal Leonard’s Virtual Library, or other similar sources that offer piano-only accompaniments. YouTube Karaoke Tracks are also acceptable, as long as they are piano only. NO orchestrated tracks or tracks with other instruments or voices will be acceptable and would result in disqualification. It will also be acceptable to use tracks that are recorded by your teacher or your pianist (who know you and your interpretation). Additionally, in this extreme circumstance, should student and teacher be in the same location, a teacher may accompany a singer in the recording, but the teacher should not be visible in the recording directly or on any reflected surface (mirror, piano surface, etc.). Please note that this will not be an accepted precedent for future auditions but is rather an isolated exception necessitated by a highly unusual global crisis. Because of this, videos will not be required to show the pianist. All other guidelines outlined in the video submission guidelines at NSA YouTube Round Video Submissions will apply and must be followed.
As a result of recent court rulings, the primary responsibility for following copyright law is being transferred from NATS to teachers, singers, and pianists. With our new copyright policy and teacher/student/pianist copyright acknowledgements, it is NO LONGER NECESSARY for administrators to check for original scores at NATS events. Furthermore, the use of iPads and tablets as musical scores for collaborative pianists during all levels of NATS auditions has been approved, and they are held to the same standards of copyright as any other musical score used for auditions.
NATS still encourages its members, their students, accompanists and the general population to become educated about, and to comply with, all applicable copyright laws. Reproduction of a copyrighted work constitutes copyright infringement unless a license to reproduce such work has been obtained, the use is considered fair use, the work is in the public domain, or a valid exception to copyright infringement exists.
NATS requires students, teachers and other participants in NATS affiliated events, auditions and competitions to affirm compliance with the NATS Copyright Policy, and to use only authorized reproductions of copyrighted works. NATS members, singers, and pianists will need to affirm that they will only use legal copies of music during NATS events as part of the registration process. Entrants will not be able to compete until they and their pianist complete this copyright acknowledgment.
For additional information: NATS Copyright Resource Center