The NATS organization recognizes an ongoing commitment to support and encourage the development of teachers of singing who are beginning their careers. In addition, members have access to lifelong learning experiences such as master classes, workshops, and conferences, held at the district, regional, and national levels.
NATS Intern Program for Teachers and Collaborative Artists
The NATS Intern Program is an exceptional training experience that seeks to pair expert and recognized master teachers with talented young members of NATS. Within an intensive format designed to promote the dynamic exchange of ideas and techniques, the goal is to improve substantially the studio teaching skills of voice interns and the coaching skills of collaborative piano interns.
Emerging Leaders Awards
Designed to recognize and support NATS teachers with no more than ten years of teaching experience, this grant will help selected winners attend sessions, network with colleagues, and enjoy all the benefits available at the NATS Conference.
Joan Frey Boytim Awards for Independent Teachers
Thanks to a significant gift from Joan Frey Boytim, the Foundation awards $1,000 to one NATS member from each of the 14 NATS regions to attend the NATS National Conferences. It is designed to recognize and support independent teachers who do not hold full or part-time teaching positions in a college or university.
Van L. Lawrence Fellowship
The Fellowship winner is awarded the opportunity to attend the annual Symposium on Care of the Professional Voice and visit laryngologists, speech pathologists, voice scientists, and research centers associated with The Voice Foundation during the fellowship year. Any research is considered for expedited publication in the Journal of Voice and Journal of Singing.
Voice Pedagogy Award
The NATS Foundation awards one $500 gift annually to a candidate who is a member of NATS, for the purpose of study at a seminar or workshop on voice pedagogy and/or voice science.