About Puget Sound NATS

Mission Statement

To encourage the highest standards of the vocal art and of ethical principles in the teaching of singing; and 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.

History of NATS (National level)

Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members in the United States, Canada, and over twenty-five other countries. Internationally, NATS is represented in Australia, Austria, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom, with the number of countries growing every year.

Driven by its mission statement, NATS offers a variety of lifelong learning experiences to its members, with workshops, intern programs, master classes, and conferences, all beginning at the chapter level and progressing to national events. Students of NATS members have access to one of the organization’s most widely recognized activities: Student Auditions. They also have the opportunity, along with members, to compete at a national level through the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards (NATSAA).

In 2012, NATS will begin auditioning for the first National Musical Theater Competition (NMTC). Final Rounds for NATSAA and NMTC will take place at the NATS 52nd National Conference in Orlando. For information on these and other events and competitions for NATS members and their students go to Programs, Events, and Competitions.

NATS supports the growth and enrichment of its members through the publication of Journal of Singing, a scholarly journal comprised of articles, written by distinguished experts, on all aspects of singing and the teaching of singing.