NATS NATIONAL STUDENT AUDITIONS

TEXOMA REGION MUSICAL THEATRE AUDITIONS

 

OFFICIAL RULES AND GUILDELINES

To be fair to all participants, these rules will be followed explicitly, with no exceptions. Read and follow all of these instructions carefully to avoid disqualifications.

Applications must be submitted online.

The application is available at: www.nats.org (click on “NATS Auditions Registration”)

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  1. Singers must be students of NATS members who are in good standing with the National Association of Teachers of Singing and located in the boundaries of the Texoma Region. *Important – member dues must be paid in full before February 20, 2020, for students to be eligible to participate.
  1. ENTRY DEADLINE: 11:59pm on February 20, 2020. No exceptions.
  1. REGISTRATION FEE: $5
  1. Winners in each category may be asked to provide proof of age to verify registration in the correct category.
  1. Final results will be announced via email to teachers by March 25, 2020.
  1. The Regional finalists with the top five outcomes in each age category will be eligible to submit video auditions to the online NATS National YouTube screening round. Official guidelines, rules, and deadline dates can be found at http://www.nats.org/national_student_auditions.html
  1. Singers should prepare a separate unedited video for each song on their repertoire list. During registration, teachers will provide the web link/address for each video that corresponds with the appropriate repertoire piece – 3 or 4 total repertoire pieces, depending on category. Please double-check the links provided for each repertoire selection to ensure that they work properly.
  1. Please note that you must select “Public” in the Privacy Settings found under the Broadcasting and Sharing Options section when uploading your video file to YouTube. If you select “Unlisted” or “Private” your submission will be invalid. For information on posting videos, please explore the Help section found on the YouTube homepage.
  1. Per NATS policy guidelines on all competitions, teachers are not allowed to accompany their students at any level of the national competition (including online YouTube rounds).
  1. The video should mimic a live performance for judges at an audition. A fixed camera position throughout, clearly showing your face and most of your body, is preferable. Record the best quality entry possible, both audio and video. While a professional recording is not required, audio and video should be recorded as clearly as possible. The video should be in the spirit of a recital or audition. It may be shot in a home, school, church, synagogue, recital hall, or some other appropriate location, with or without an audience. Please take into account the acoustics of the room. A small room with dead acoustics will not flatter the voice. The performance recorded for the video entry must be acoustic and not amplified. The only microphone(s) involved should be for recording. No lighting or special sound effects are needed. Video editing during a song is not allowed. For NSA Video Guidelines, see https://www.nats.org/NSA_-_You_Tube_Round_Video_Submissions.html.
  1. Singers must sing with a live pianist in the video entry. Note that the quality of the accompanist’s playing can affect not only your singing, but also the judging. An accompaniment with many wrong notes creates a bad impression.
  1. Singers must sing all audition repertoire from memory on the audition video entries. If a singer’s performance is not memorized, the entry will be disqualified.
  1. Singers must sing the same repertoire at the national level as they sang at the regional level.
  1. Singers are encouraged to dress appropriately, as for a recital or an audition.
  1. Accompanists are forbidden to use photocopies. Pianists accompanying singers must play from original and legal publications. Singers are responsible for the accompanist’s compliance with this strict rule. No exceptions. Entries with visible photocopies will be automatically disqualified. Photocopying music is illegal. The purchase of a publication does not grant the right to photocopy for rehearsal or performance with a pianist. The use of LEGALLY downloaded and purchased copies in compliance with the NATS Copyright Policy is allowed. The NATS Copyright Policy can be found at the end of this document. You are encouraged to use a page-turner as necessary.
  1. Do not introduce yourself or your selections on the video entry; all video time should be devoted to the music.

Audition Categories

(Age limits apply as of the date of the regional audition, February 20, 2020.

The age categories reflected below are official.)

CategoryLength of StudyAge Limit*Time*Repertoire: all repertoire is sung from memory
1 High School Music Theatre Women No limit 14-19 8 minutes *Three Contrasting Music Theatre Selections from scores of book shows written or intended for fully realized musical productions. (a musical, revue, song cycle or operetta) Only one selection may be an operetta aria.
2 High School Music Theatre Men No limit 14-19

8 minutes

*Three Contrasting Music Theatre Selections from scores of book shows written or intended for fully realized musical productions. (a musical, revue, song cycle or operetta) Only one selection may be an operetta aria.
5 Lower College Music Theatre Women 0-2 years post high school 22 10 minutes Three Contrasting Music Theatre Selections from scores of book shows written or intended for fully realized musical productions. (a musical, revue, song cycle or operetta) Only one selection may be an operetta aria.
6 Lower College Music Theatre Men 0-2 years post high school 22 10 minutes Three Contrasting Music Theatre Selections from scores of book shows written or intended for fully realized musical productions. (a musical, revue, song cycle or operetta) Only one selection may be an operetta aria.
9 Upper College Music Theatre Women 3-5 years post high school 25 12 minutes Four Contrasting Music Theatre Selections from scores of book shows written or intended for fully realized musical productions. (a musical, revue, song cycle or operetta) Only one selection may be an operetta aria.
10 Upper College Music Theatre Men 3-5 years post high school 25 12 minutes Four Contrasting Music Theatre Selections from scores of book shows written or intended for fully realized musical productions. (a musical, revue, song cycle or operetta) Only one selection may be an operetta aria.

Asterisk Clarifications

Category

Categories are defined by voice type.

  • Treble: Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Contralto, Countertenor
  • TBB: Tenor, Baritone, Bass

*Length of Study

Length of Study in Singer Category Selection for NATS Auditions

Voice study with a voice teacher (NATS Member or Non NATS Member) either in an independent studio or collegiate/conservatory program or any combination of them is a determining factor in post high school categories only.

Post-High School Study:

Lower: any one or two years of post-high school study; all as undergraduate

Upper: any three to five years of post-high school study; all as undergraduate

Counting years of study begins with the first day of post high school study; meaning we are now in the first year of study. Any reasonable portion of a year would be counted as one year. For example, a student in an undergraduate program in their fifth semester of voice study is in their third year of study.

Each reasonable portion of a year of study counts as a full year, even if the singer stops taking weekly lessons during a portion of that year, unless the singer is ill and unable or forbidden to sing during that time for medical reasons.

Age Limit Age limits are determined at the time of registration for singers in NATS auditions. Singers above the age limit of a category may not compete in that category. If an appropriate category is not available for a singer above the age limit, the singer may sing in that category for comments only. The age and years of study for NSA categories are determined at the regional audition and remain the same during that audition season.
Repertoire Regional and National Auditions will require three selections from High School Categories.

Teacher members in NATS student auditions

NATS teacher members who meet the requirements of a student audition category—age and years of study—may enter student auditions through the NATS member with whom they are currently studying, but they may not enter themselves in the audition. If they enter their students in the audition, they must be available to adjudicate a category as well.

Terminology

Memorization

All repertoire must be sung from memory.

Original Languages

Selections must be sung in original language or in translation if warranted by common performance practice.

Transposition

Music Theater selections in college categories and older must be sung in the original or standard published key. High school singers and younger may use published transposed keys to accommodate voice change issues only. Any published transposition must retain the composer's intention and style of music, and preserve the character being portrayed in the story and lyrics.

Judicious Cuts

Piano introductions, piano interludes, piano music after the vocal solo is completed, and internal cuts of music theatre selections are allowed as in common performance practice. Cuts of verses of selections are not allowed. In the case of strophic songs, all verses should remain that are traditionally included.

Music Theatre Selections Repertoire is chosen from musicals (including film musicals), revues, operettas or music theater song cycles all of which are written or intended for a fully realized musical production; and music theater song literature. Only one of the required selections may be chosen from operetta or music theater song literature.
Fully Realized Production A fully realized production includes blocking/acting, dance, costumes, sets, pit orchestra or piano, lighting, sound, or a combination of the aforementioned elements.
Revues Revues should thread back to the original production.
Music Theater Styles Repertoire should ensure that selections represent the spectrum of their vocal and dramatic abilities. This should be exhibited by selecting pieces of varying style periods: pop/rock, contemporary, and golden age, employing a multiplicity of vocal styles (belt, mix, legit).

Comment Only

Any student may register to sing for comments only and participate in the preliminary audition round.

AUDITION SUBCATEGORIES FOR REGION AUDITIONS

Number

Category

Length of Study

Age Range/Limit

Time

1 A

Lower High School Music Theater Women

No limit – all HS

14–16; 9th and 10th Grade

8–10 mins.

2 A

Lower High School Music Theater Men

No limit – all HS

14–16; 9th and 10th Grade

8–10 mins.

1 B

Upper High School Music Theater

No limit – all HS

14–16; 11th and 12th Grade

8–10 mins.

2 B

Upper High School Music Theater

No limit – all HS

14–16; 11th and 12th Grade

8–10 mins.

5 A

First Year College/Independent Music Theater Women

1 year post high school

20

10 mins.

6 A

First Year College/Independent Music Theater Men

1 year post high school

20

10 mins.

5 B

Second Year College/Independent Music Theater Women

2 years post high school

22

10 mins.

6 B

Second Year College/Independent Music Theater Men

2 years post high school

22

10 mins.

9 A

Third Year College/Independent Music Theater Women

3 years post high school

23

12 mins.

10 A

Third Year College/Independent Music Theater

3 years post high school

23

12 mins.

9 B

Fourth/Fifth Year College/Independent Music Theater

4-5 years post high school

25

12 mins.

10  B

Fourth/Fifth Year College/Independent Music Theater

4-5 years post high school

25

12 mins.

PROCESS AND ORGANIZATION

Regional Rounds

The National Student Auditions begin at the regional level and progress to the national preliminary round, semifinal round and final round. Regional auditions should include all of the categories contained in the “Categories, Repertoire, Age, and Time Requirements” section of this document. In order to ensure across the board fairness and appropriate rigor to the National Student Auditions, regions may only advance singers to NSA categories from a regional audition. Exceptions to this regulation must be approved by the NSA Coordinator, VP of Auditions, and the NATS Executive Office staff. Winners of Chapter or District auditions may not be automatically advanced to the National Student Auditions.

Each Region advances the top five singers in each category to the National Preliminary Round - YouTube Screening (i.e., five each from Lower College Men, Lower College Women, etc.). In the event of ties, all singers with top five outcomes may advance.

In Regions where audition categories are subdivided according to the regulations above, the top five singers from each eligible regional category will advance to the National Preliminary Round - YouTube Screening (i.e., five each from regional Freshman Women, five each from regional Sophomore Women for a total of ten to compete in Lower College/ Independent Studio Women at the National Preliminary Round - YouTube Screening).

At the time of application for the National Student Auditions, the Regional Governor or Regional Auditions Chair should forward the repertoire list of the singers and certify that the repertoire submitted was the same repertoire that the singer submitted at the regional level.

Music Theater students who exceed the age limits for the College/Independent Studio Music Theater categories are encouraged to enter the National Music Theater Competition.

National YouTube Screening

The national rounds of the competition will begin with eligible singers from each region completing online registration for the national auditions and submitting a YouTube video for initial judging and comments. All of the repertoire selections for the applicable audition category, as set forth in the requirements for the National Student Auditions must be included on the YouTube video; and the footage of this video must not be edited. Fourteen singers from each audition category will be invited to the live National Semifinal Round.

National Semifinal Round

The National Semifinal Round will take place during a National Conference or Summer Workshop. Each singer participating in the National Semifinal Round will begin with a selection of his or her choice and continue with selections chosen by the adjudicators according to the national repertoire requirements and within the prescribed time limits for each audition category. Three singers from each audition category will advance to the National Final Round.

National Final Round

The National Final Round will take place during a National Conference or Summer Workshop. Each participating singer will sing one selection of his or her choice. This selection must be one of the pieces submitted in the previous Semifinal Round of the competition. Award certificates will be presented to all three finalists with monetary awards for the First, Second, and Third Place Winners in each audition category.

Number of Contestants

Regions submit the top five singers from each of their various regional categories. Normally fourteen singers per category will advance to the National Semifinal round. Three singers per category will advance to the National Final round.

Schedule

February 3, 2020 – Registration for Texoma Region YouTube Auditions opens.

February 20, 2020 – Deadline for Texoma Region YouTube applications to be submitted.

February 27 – March 20, 2020 – YouTube submissions reviewed by selected adjudicators.

April 10, 2020 – Deadline to submit YouTube submissions for National YouTube Screenings.

June 26-30, 2020 – National Student Auditions Semifinal and Final Rounds at Knoxville Convention Center, Knoxville, TN.

Contact

Please direct all questions to Dr. Brian Kuhnert, Musical Theatre Auditions Chair at kuhnertb@wbu.edu

Audition Fees

Texoma Region Registration Fee:  $5

National Level Registration Fee: $75

This is a registration fee for the national round of the National Student Auditions (National Preliminary YouTube Screening, Semifinals, and Finals). This fee provides for a pianist at the Semifinal and Final Rounds of the competition, should the singer so desire; and includes national conference/summer workshop registration for all sessions. This is separate from any Chapter, District, and/or Region audition fees. A separate registration fee is paid for each category entered.

Collaborative Pianists

Each singer may collaborate with his or her own pianist at all levels of the competition. For those singers who elect to use a Staff Collaborative Pianist, one will be provided at the National Semifinal and Final Rounds at no extra cost to the singer. While no rehearsals will be possible with the Staff Pianists prior to or during the Semifinal Round, singers who advance to the Final Round and are using a Staff Collaborative Pianist will be allotted a ten-minute rehearsal with the pianist preceding the audition.

Adjudication

Texoma Region Auditions

The Regional Governor and Musical Theatre Auditions Chair will select judging panels for the Texoma Region YouTube Auditions. Any teacher with a singer who is competing is required to make themselves available to judge a category in which his or her student is not competing. Depending on the number of entries, all teachers may not be needed to judge.

The adjudication panel ranks the singers from #1 through the number of entrants in their category (or portion of a category) and the singers with the lowest scores are chosen to advance to the National YouTube Screening.

National Auditions

Adjudication panels for the National Preliminary Round - YouTube Screening, the National Semifinals, and the National Finals will be selected by the National Student Auditions Coordinator in consultation with the National Vice President for Auditions. Sources for eligible adjudicators may include:

  • Any teacher with a singer who is competing may be invited to adjudicate a category in which his or her student is not competing.
  • NATS members attending the Conference or Workshop may indicate on the registration form a willingness to serve as an adjudicator.
  • NATS members who reside in the area of the Conference or Workshop may be contacted to serve as adjudicators.

The adjudication panel ranks the singers from one through the number of entrants in their category (or portion of a category) and the singers with the lowest total scores are chosen to advance to the semifinal round.

National Prize Monies (2020 award amounts)

High School, Lower College Categories*

$1,200

1st place in each category

$600

2nd place in each category

$450

3rd place in each category

Upper College, Graduate Categories*

$1,600

1st place in each category

$900

2nd place in each category

$500

3rd place in each category

*Should there be a tie, an award will be pooled and divided evenly between the singers. Both will be named Place Winners. Not all prizes must be awarded in all categories, depending on enrollment and/or judging.

NATS Policy on Copyright Laws (click on this link to review the policy)

https://www.nats.org/Copyright_Resources.html

Resolution of a Copyright or Repertoire Violation

If legal photocopies or unbound music are being used by the collaborative pianist, it is suggested that the singer address the adjudicators upon entering the room and provide proper copyright approval prior to their performance in the form of a CD Sheet music approval form or other accepted documentation (e.g., publisher approval letter, public domain notice) prior to announcing their first selection.

If the student DOES NOT provide the proper documentation, an adjudicator has the right and responsibility, at the conclusion of the audition, to request the student to provide such if they notice that copies or unbound music are used and the following list of steps should be taken. These steps also apply to potential repertoire discrepancies:

  • Adjudicators should not disrupt the audition process to question the student.
  • Nothing should be written on a comment sheet by adjudicators regarding any suspected violation. Please write a note on a separate sheet of paper.
  • Write comments and score the student as if there were no violation.
  • Rank or score the student as if there were no violation.
  • When the auditions are completed, all adjudicators should consult the Auditions Chair and discuss the potential violation.
  • The Auditions Chair may need to research the issue or consult others before making a final ruling.
  • If it is determined that a violation exists, the Auditions Chair makes every effort to discuss the violation with the student’s teacher prior to notifying the student. This is to be done by the Auditions Chair and not the adjudicators.
  • The singer is disqualified if, in fact, a violation has occurred.