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VS NATS Chapter FALL 2016 Musical Theater/CCM Student Auditions

November 18, 2016 - November 19, 2016

REGISTRATION is now CLOSED for this event.

Student Audition Times will be available November 1, 2016



Refund Deadline: November 4, 2016 (Refunds available in the amount of $25 only.)


Save the dates!   Nov 18 – 19, 2016 for our chapter musical theater auditions being held at MCC.

 Registration DEADLINE is Oct 21, 2016. 

Docs for Download:

VSNATS Fall 2016 Music Theater-CCM Auditions GENERAL INFO

VSNATS Fall 2016 Music Theater-CCM Auditions CATEGORY DEFINITIONS



Please View Regulations Page for NATS Student Auditions at Every Level

FAQ – National Student Auditions

VS NATS Chapter 

FALL 2016 Musical Theater/CCM Student Auditions

Location: Mesa Community College1833 W. Southern Ave, Mesa, AZ 85202


  • Inspire and encourage students and teachers to continue their dedication to, and growth in, the art of singing.
  • Create a collegial and supportive atmosphere that encourages excellent artistic singing.
  • Provide constructive, written feedback from a panel of experienced and impartial adjudicators.
  • Recognize and honor outstanding performances.

Schedule: (Individual audition times available November 1, 2016)

Auditions: Friday, November 18th 2:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Teachers’ Breakfast Mtg: Nov 19th    8:30am – 9:15am
Auditions: Saturday, November 19th  9:00am – 12:30pm
Workshop 1:“Ditching Effort: Building Your True Sound For Contemporary Commercial Music” 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Workshop 2:“Ditching Effort: Finding Authenticity and Freedom in Contemporary Commercial Singing” 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Awards / Recital: November 19th 2:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Registration Deadline: October 21, 2016

  • Registrations must be completed online by the teacher, by 11:59pm Oct 21, 2016.
  • Online Registration Begins September 19, 2016 (Visit www.natsauditions.com)

  • All Student and Teacher Conflicts must be submitted by the registration deadline.
  • Changes will not be accommodated after schedules are posted on November 1, 2016.

Application Fee: $27              

  • Additional Fee, if using Staff Pianist, is $36.00 (non-refundable)
  • Refund Deadline: November 4, 2016 (Refunds available in the amount of $25 only.)


  • National and Local NATS Chapter dues must be paid by October 14, 2016.
  • You must have at least four (4) consecutive hours of availability to adjudicate on both days, in order to be eligible to enter students. We need your flexibility to ensure coverage of all divisions.
  • Teachers must complete the judging availability profile online.


  • Pianists are limited to 20 singers

  • Singers must provide and transport ORIGINAL sheet music or books for pianists.  If legally downloaded music is used, the singer must show documentation (e.g., publisher approval letter, or proof of purchase by the singer or parent) at the registration table check-in, and to the judges if requested.
  • If using STAFF PIANIST: Select STAFF,PIANIST when in auditionware registering. Fee covers audition, finals and the winners recital as needed.  Students wishing to request rehearsal time may contact the pianist directly.  Additional charges will be payable directly to the pianist for rehearsals. You will be notified of your official pianist contact information once your audition time is posted.
  • PDF Music Delivery Deadline: October 21, 2016.  If using the Staff Pianist, clearly marked pdf files of the score must be submitted to auditions chair. Email to auditions@vsnats.org.  However, the pianist must play from the original scores at the auditions.

Questions?    Nichole Jensen, Auditions Chair          (480) 203-5648               auditions@vsnats.org


“Ditching Effort: Building Your True Sound For Contemporary Commercial Music”

Need some tools for building and maintaining an efficient Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM)/Contemporary Broadway sound? Come find out how and why Semi-Occluded Vocal Tract (SOVT) Exercises could be some of the best tools out there for building power (for that Broadway belt), ease, and vocal authenticity into your singing! Through lecture, demonstration, and hands on activities this workshop will provide a foundation and offer practical application for using SOVT Exercises in freeing up your unique sound.


“Ditching Effort: Finding Authenticity and Freedom in Contemporary Commercial Singing”

Maintaining authenticity and vulnerability as a Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM)/Contemporary Broadway artist while still meeting the vocal demands of today’s music industry can be a tough feat! Many times singers use force or tension in the body to try to achieve this level of singing. In this masterclass students will work with the instructor to release tension in their bodies in order to free up their ability to communicate the song with precision, power, and presence.

CLINICIAN:  Martha Irvine


Born into a musical family, Martha has loved to sing for as long as she can remember.  Her first solo, when she was two years old, was intended to be a duet with her big sister.  From what her parents say, she took the microphone away and sang her own song! She started playing guitar at age 13 and quickly fell in love with the freedom she felt in communicating to audiences through music. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Arizona Christian University, in Phoenix, AZ, and her Master’s degree in Contemporary Commercial Voice Pedagogy from Shenandoah University, in Winchester, VA. She is also certified in all levels of Somatic Voicework™ /The LoVetri Method for Contemporary Commercial Voice. She has studied and performed a diverse selection of solo music including selections from Rock, Pop, Jazz/Blues, Country, Folk, Musical Theater, Christian and Classical styles. Martha also has a love for song writing that was birthed out of jam sessions with her rock band that rehearsed in a friend’s garage. She has recorded one full length album entitled “Anthem to You” and she is currently working on a new EP to be released next year! Martha has over 12 years of worship leading experience in Arizona and Virginia, and as a sought after performing artist, she regularly sings for churches, retreats, and events. She currently teaches voice at Arizona Christian University and Stages Music. Her eclectic love for musical styles, functional vocal technique, and song writing influences her ability to train and coach singers to find their own unique vocal identity.


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