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 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.
The officers and board of directors volunteer their time to serve the organization, according to the NATS code of ethics and chapter bylaws. If you are interested in volunteering time to support chapter events, please contact a member of the board.
Programs and Events
The Valley of the Sun Chapter currently programs and events annually, which serve the vocal arts community in the Phoenix Metro area.
NATS Student Auditions offer students of NATS teachers the opportunity to be adjudicated on their performance skills in characterization, as well as vocal skills. We want students to learn by observing other singers, therefore auditions are open. Participants will also learn from an expert clinician in vocal performance related fields at a short workshop which precedes an award ceremony. Top performing students are recognized with certificates and monetary awards. For more information, see the auditions page.
Our workshops welcome the interested community at large to join NATS members in learning about various topics related to the vocal arts as continuing education. Past workshops have featured among others, leading opera and vocal coaches, the late Lorenzo Malfatti, Dr. Shirlee Emmons, Dr. Robert Sataloff, renowned otolaryngologist, American composer Ricky Ian Gordon, and YogaVoice® Seminar founder Mark Moliterno. For information on our upcoming workshops, please view our events calendar.
Singers: About VSNATS Teachers
VSNATS teachers are among the most influential music educators in Arizona. In addition to their professional training and performance experience, our members have access to a nation-wide peer network, along with continued education on new techniques and approaches in the training of singers. Our members sponsor singers to participate in the annual NATS Student Auditions (Classical and Musical Theatre), and in other events that are available only to our membership. See the Find a Teacher page to locate a NATS teacher near you.
Teachers and Coaches: the benefits of VSNATS Membership
Studio teaching and vocal coaching are rewarding work. However as vocal educators, we sometimes find ourselves working in isolation from others in our field, whether we run a studio or music academy, or serve on a college faculty. VSNATS can powerfully fill a void with networking through its programs and workshops. Teachers are encouraged to share ideas with their peers and develop professional relationships in our rapidly changing industry. These relationships enhance your value as an educator and provide a structure of opportunities for your students as they continue to advance. Please see our Membership Page for more information.