January 24, 2021
Dear GHNATS Colleagues,
Enclosed is the information you will need to enter students in the 2021 Greater Houston NATS Classical Auditions. Auditions will be held online virtually this year. Adjudicating for the preliminary round will be March 20-22, and the finals round will be adjudicated March 24-26. Winners will be announced on March 27, 2021 after the chapter meeting and guest clinician.
Repertoire and language requirements for each category follow the national guidelines: Categories August 2020 in color.
Complete guidelines including video explanations and judging templates are available at NSA Resources.
Online registration will open on Friday, February 12, 2021, and the deadline for entries will be 11:59 March 12, 2021. There will be no exceptions to the deadline, so please plan ahead. Video links must be included in the registration and completed before the March 12 deadline. Registration is only available through the NATS website: https://www.nats.org/ NATS has standardized the registration process throughout our organization, which has created many changes and advantages to past years.
In lieu of a preliminary judges’ meeting, all teachers entering students must watch this GHNATS online adjudication video. It is important everyone watch the video to understand how to access adjudication information, including video links.
Important points to remember
- Once registered, there are no refunds for students or teachers who are unable to participate.
- Categories having three or fewer entrants will be combined with another comparable group.
- It is important that teachers include current phone and email contact information.
- Due to the unprecedented pandemic and holding virtual auditions, there will not be a limit as to the number of singers for which pianists can play.
Please read the registration instructions that NATS has provided to its members: Student Audition Regulations August 2020.
- $20 per member registration fee
- $22 per student registration fee
Dr. James Rodriguez will be our guest clinician, presenting virtually Diversifying Studio Repertoire Assignments.
As a reminder, responding to member requests to be more inclusive of all of our singers regardless of gender, the NATS board voted to make the following changes to the NSA regulations:
- Odd-numbered audition category names (formerly titled “Women”) are changed to “Treble” to include students singing soprano, mezzo, alto, or countertenor.
- Even-numbered audition category names (formerly titled “Men”) are changed to “TBB” to include students singing tenor, baritone, and bass.
- NATS Auditions Rubrics have changed from “Lowest,” “Average,” and “Best” to “Developing,” Advancing,” and “Accomplished.”
- The use of iPads and tablets as musical scores for collaborative pianists at all levels of NATS auditions has been approved and are held to the same standards as any other musical score used for auditions.
Teachers, pianists, and students now verify their music abides by copyright laws when they register. NATS members, singers, and pianists will need to affirm that they will only use legal copies of music during NATS events as part of the registration process.
NOTE regarding videos: The chapter highly encourages students to utilize accompaniment recordings from their regular pianist. In the event a pianist isn’t available, the students may use pre-recorded tracks found on Appcompanist, Hal Leonard’s Virtual Library, or other similar sources that offer piano-only accompaniments. YouTube Karaoke Tracks are also acceptable as long as they are piano only. NO orchestrated tracks or tracks with other instruments or voices will be acceptable and would result in disqualification. More information is found under the ‘Accompanists and Copyright’ section. Please note that this will not be an accepted precedent for future auditions but is rather an isolated exception necessitated by a highly unusual global crisis. Because of this and to promote social distancing, videos will not be required to show the pianist for the 2021 classical auditions. Additionally, if a singer is using a live pianist and needs to sing while wearing a facemask for safety purposes, that will be permitted.
As you register, please review the updated NATS copyright laws to which we must adhere: Copyright Resources.
PLEASE MAKE SURE TO REVIEW THE CLASSICAL CATEGORIES AND ALL REPERTOIRE REQUIREMENTS. Make sure that you properly select the GHNATS Classical Auditions when registering your students, and double/triple check that you have registered your students in the correct category.
By registering students, you are committed to adjudicating. Adjudication dates of the preliminary round will be March 20-22. The finals round will be adjudicated by a panel of guest judges between March 24-26.
Guest judges for the 2021 Classical Auditions:
- Dr. Olga Perez Flora-University of New Mexico
- Dr. Grant Knox-Furman University
- Dr. Rebecca Salter-Reinhardt University
- Dr. Dean Southern-Cleveland Institute of Music
- Indra Thomas-Metropolitan Opera
- Dr. James Rodriguez-Texas Christian University
If you have any questions, please contact us by phone or email. Do NOT contact NATS or Auditionware directly. We are happy to assist!
Classical Auditions Chair