If you are a 1st through 3rd place winner in either the Classical or the Music Theater Arizona NATS Student Auditions, you are eligible to participate in the Regional Student Auditions on the UNLV campus in Las Vegas on March 28-29, 2014. Please see these competition requirements for categories and repertoire requirements.
The schedule is still being finalized, but currently on Friday we plan to have a session on learning Czech diction by Dr. Laurie Lashbrook – University of Akron, a session on The National Opera Association (NOA) by Carol Ann Modesitt – NOA Regional Governor from Southern Utah University, and a meeting to discuss future plans for our region. Well-known photographer Devon Cass will be at the event and is offering a special reduced rate headshot photo session for NATS participants.
Saturday will include all of the student auditions as well as a master class by mezzo-soprano Linda Di Fiore – University of North Texas & UC Santa Barbara. Also on Saturday, tenor, John Duykers – General Director of First Look Sonoma and Lisa Sylvester – University of Southern California will present a creative role development master class session entitled “Instant Opera Pastiche.” A “Winners Concert” will take place in the afternoon on Saturday where the teachers will all decide on a new “Best in the West” award as well as on a generously donated Full Scholarship (Tuition, Room & Board) to the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival for the best high school classical singer (Category III or IV).