Valley of the Sun NATS (VSNATS) is a Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. VSNATS is a 501(c) (3) organization serving the greater Phoenix area and surrounding valley cities, as well as Prescott and other outlying areas. The Association is represented in chapters nationally and internationally. Since the charter of the original Arizona Chapter, growth of the vocal teacher/collaborative pianist community led to the formation of two interdependent chapters— Southern Arizona and Valley of the Sun, which now comprise the Arizona District. The VSNATS chapter currently has 59 members in 15 cities.
The National Association of Teachers of Singing was founded in 1944 with a two-fold mission:
- To encourage the highest standards of the vocal art and of ethical principles in the teaching of singing.
- To promote vocal education and research at all levels, both for the enrichment of the general public and for the professional advancement of the talented.