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NATSAA Application Deadline ~ Sept 5th

NATS Artist Awards (NATSAA)


The NATS Artist Awards (NATSAA) competition is designed to assist singers prepared to launch a professional career and, to that end, substantial monetary and performance prizes are offered.

Beginning in 2018, NATSAA semifinals/finals will be held in New York City, in proximity to a wide audience of artist managers and industry professionals. The competition takes place every other year. Preliminary competitions are held regionally and national semifinals/finals take place at the NATS National Workshop in New York. "Throughout its history, the purpose of this [NATSAA] competition has been to select, through a series of elimination rounds on the district, regional, and national levels, singers whose artistry indicates that they are ready for a professional career and to encourage them toward that goal with a cash prize and the opportunity for performance engagements." - Edward Baird, President of NATS, 1985-1987

Important Dates for NATSAA 2018
PLEASE NOTE: Earlier Application and Deadline Dates
Application deadline: September 5, 2017

Regional Auditions: September - November 2017 National Semifinals and Finals: January 5-7, 2018 at the 2018 NATS Winter Workshop in New York City Regional Audition Dates and Locations: Click here for Regional Audition information.

First Prize - More than $13,000 in cash and prizes
  • $5,000 Cash

  • A New York Solo Debut in a major choral work with orchestra and chorus sponsored by DCINY

  • $4,000 Scholarship to attend the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria

  • $1,000 Gift Certificate from Hal Leonard Corporation

  • Solo recital at the next NATS National Conference

Second Prize - More than $6,000 in cash prizes
  • $4,000 Cash

  • $2,000 Scholarship to attend AIMS in Graz, Austria

  • $500 Gift Certificate from Hal Leonard Corporation

Additional cash prizes to all remaining semifinalists
Eligibility Requirements
  • Applicant must be at least 21 but not more than 35 years of age on the deadline entry date: September 5, 2017

  • Membership status of teacher or applicant:

  • The applicant’s most recent teacher must be a full or associate member of NATS (in good standing) with whom the applicant must have studied continuously for at least one academic year; - OR -

  • The applicant must be a full or associate member of NATS in good standing for at least one year prior to September 5, 2017

  • First-place winners in prior NATSAA national auditions are ineligible.

  • The final decision on all matters of eligibility rests with the Vice President of NATSAA.

Note: Performers in NATS-sponsored auditions, competitions, recitals, and other activities such as workshops, shall perform from lawful editions and shall support and obey the law relative to copyright and the NATS Copyright Policy.

Application Process


If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the NATS Executive Office at 904-992-9101 or info@nats.org. (See below for repertoire questions.) The completed application, including payment of the fee of $75 U.S. by credit card must be submitted online through the NATS website no later than September 5, 2017. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered.

1.Online applications must include:

a.payment of the non-refundable entry fee of $75.00 in U.S. funds via credit card (Visa or MasterCard). No refunds will be given.

b.Applicants MUST provide proof of legal age at the regional audition site. This proof must be provided in the form of an original, government-issued document such as a valid driver’s license, and the applicant must provide a copy of this documentation that will be retained by the Association until the completion of the NATSAA competition. Failure to bring both the original and the copy of this documentation will result in disqualification. (COPY CANNOT BE RETURNED)

c.the NATS member number AND Email address of the applicant or the sponsoring NATS teacher

d.complete entries for all repertoire, including:

1) TITLE and LANGUAGE of each selection

2) COMPOSER of each selection

3) KEY of each selection

4) ACCURATE TIMING (duration) of each selection

5) COMPOSER birth and death dates

2. Completion and submission of the application is followed by Preliminary Auditions

Applicants must compete in the regional audition of their legal residence or where they are currently studying singing.

Have repertoire or copyright questions? All questions specific to the rules and regulations, copyright, or about repertoire and requirements, should be directed to the NATS Vice President of Auditions.

Repertoire Requirements

The repertoire list need not be thought of as comprising a complete recital program. The contestants and their teachers might want to consider, however, that national finalists will, in fact, present a fifteen minute program of their choosing from the submitted repertoire.

  • Contestants must be prepared to sing at each audition level all of the songs and arias specified in Sections a, b, and c below:

a.An aria from an opera to be sung in the original language and key.

b.An aria from a major oratorio, mass, requiem, or cantata to be sung in the original key.

c.Twelve (12) additional recital selections divided into four groups. The number of pieces in each group may vary but must total 12 in all, and each group except the English set must have at least two selections therein. Special note - At least one art song composed in or after 1950 (not an arrangement of a folk song) must be included in Group II, III, or IV. The song(s) must be identified and the date of composition given.

I.Songs or arias composed before 1800. No more than two arias may be included in this group.

II.German Lieder or French Mélodies.

III.A second group of National Art Songs consisting of any languages that are not presented in Sections II and IV.

IV.American, Canadian, or British Art Songs. Art songs with English as the original language. A minimum of three songs must be included in this group.