April 2018 Minutes

Call to order by Elisa Thompson (ET)

ET introduced Frances Fenton, Member Liaison

New members asked to stand: Jolie Rocke Brown- TSU/PVAM; Rose Kearin- Montgomery HS; Lindsey Bowden- Woodlands and Conroe HS; Dan Wright- Kingwood private; Emily Speck- HBU; Christopher Besch- LSC-Kingwood

Guest Judges:

Robert Best- Baylor

Scott LaGraff- SFASU

Kathy McNiel- Baylor

James Rodriguez- TCU

Amanda Waites- LSC-Montgomery

Susan Shofner- Actors’ Equity

Officers Introduced 2016-2018 Board:

Debra Greschner- Past President

Elisa Thompson- President

Angela Pickering- Treasurer

Michael Walsh- VP of Classical

Donna Hinds Sawyers- VP of MT

Serdar Ilban- VP of Workshops

Jammieca Mott- Secretary

Frances Fenton- Membership Liaison

Thanks to hospitality chair- Jennifer Donnan

Approved minutes read by Laurie Lester; Judy Boyter made a motion to approve and Beverly Laubach seconded the motion

Elisa Thompson read the Treasurer’s Report on behalf of Angela Pickering

Music Theatre report: Donna Hinds Sawyers

Fall 2017 had 62 students and 11 teachers participate; hosted by LSC-Montgomery

Classical Report: Michael Walsh

Spring 2018 has 202 students and 35 teachers. Auditionware will now handle all registrations and will bill NATS for each registration. Reserving U of H next year: need to wait until the end of the academic year to reserve it.

Workshops Report: Serdar Ilban was absent; Elisa Thompson said he arranged for Clinician. Fee was reimbursed by NATS National- $450 by National and $450 by GHNATS

Winners’ Recital Report: Last year voted for Winners’ Recital in the same year. Sunday, May 6, at 4pm at HCC Spring Branch. Hardest part is getting teachers to respond to requests for repertoire for 1st place winners.

Jason Lester begins motion to new election process since Debra Greschner (past president) was unable to attend. Slate of new officers (see below) was presented. Nominees left the room for voting. 2018-2020 Board was elected without issue. Motion was moved by Isabelle Ganz. Seconded motion by Summer Song. Call for vote by Beverly Laubach and seconded by Vicki Gorman. All in Favor- unanimous Yea. No nays. No abstain votes.

GHNATS Board 2018-2020

Angela Pickering- President

Elisa Thompson- Past President

David Kirkwood- Treasurer

Michael Walsh- VP of Classical

Donna Hinds Sawyers- VP of MT

Deborah Popham- VP of Workshops

Jammieca Mott- Secretary

Frances Fenton- Membership Liaison

Elisa Thompson- reminded of Texoma NATS at Baylor Nov. 7-10, 2018

Karen Crandon- shared a story on her special students. A family had a daughter hit by a drunk driver. 6 days later she attended Texoma NATS. ‘Do what I love to do’. Goal oriented students do what they love.

Motion to Adjourn moved by Judy Boyter and seconded by Jennifer Donnan. Vote to adjourn at 1:00pm.