Message from the Governor


Dear Texoma NATS Members,

I hope that you have all enjoyed a wonderful start to your school years, and that you are enjoying a well-earned holiday weekend.  I am writing to prepare our region for conference registration, which will open on September 9. 

Conference Registration

We hope to open registration for the 69th Texoma NATS Regional Conference and Student Auditions at the University of North Texas on September 9, and registration will close on October 4 at 6pm.  The conference begins on Wednesday, October 30 and concludes on Saturday, November 2.  Molly Fillmore, site coordinator, and her faculty colleagues at UNT have been tremendous partners, and I look forward to seeing you all at the conference. 

Hotel information and all conference updates will be posted soon on our website,, under the “Region Conference” tab.  It is essential to book hotel rooms as soon as possible, as our conference is the same weekend as a NASCAR race at the Texas Motor Speedway and UNT’s homecoming. We have been successful at reserving sufficient hotel space with the assistance of the Denton Chamber of Commerce, but hotels will likely extend no grace with the posted cutoff dates.  Consequently, I have attached hotel information to this email.

Conference registration is $60, and each student audition entry is $20.  Parking will have a fee associated with it this year, with details regarding parking cost and location available soon under the “Location” link within the “Conference Registration” tab on our website.

Conference guests may purchase passes through their registration for lunch at UNT dining halls on Thursday, Friday, and/or Saturday. The cost of one lunch is $6.25. Guests are granted access to an all-you-can-eat buffet, including one hall with vegan options, and a wide array of beverages. Guests can choose from three dining halls located near the UNT music building.  Additional dining information can be found soon under the “Dining Options at UNT” page under our “Regional Conference” tab. 

UNT Opera will present Mozart’s masterpiece Don Giovanni Friday evening, November 1, and distinguished alum Emily Pulley will offer a recital on Thursday evening, October 31.  Each event is at 7:30pm.  Recital tickets are $15 and opera tickets are $25, all purchasable with your conference registration.  Emilly Pulley will also be offering a masterclass on Friday, and Mary Henderson-Stucky, Professor Emerita from CCM, will be offering a masterclass on Thursday as part of the Artist Series.

UNT is also offering an open dress rehearsal of Don Giovanni on Wednesday evening, October 30 at 7:30pm.   Tickets for the dress rehearsal are $5 for students and $10 non-students.  Dress rehearsal tickets may only be purchased at the door, from UNT and not through your conference registration.  For the dress rehearsal there will be no advanced reservations and seating will be general admission.

Registration will again occur through Auditionware.  Although you will find detailed information about the conference and the registration process at our website,, you will register through  Melinda Brou will send you detailed instructions for this process soon. Registering through the NATS website allows for a detailed receipt to be stored in your member account for you to reference at any time for tax or reimbursement purposes.

As a reminder of a recent change, Texoma NATS allows teachers only entering high school students the option of attending the Saturday events of the Conference at a reduced registration fee of $20. Teachers entering only high school students are, of course, also welcome to attend the entire conference beginning on Thursday, for the full conference fee of $60.

Additionally, the Board of Control also approved a small modification to our attendance requirement last year. As you may know, members (with the above exception for independent teachers) are required to be in attendance for the duration of the conference if they are entering students in the student auditions.  We have now added in a medical exception in extreme cases, as follows:

If you fail to attend the Thursday morning judges meeting and avail yourself to judge for the entire conference, your students will be disqualified with the following exceptions:

  • The member is unable to attend due to a life-threatening or degenerative illness.
  • The member is receiving extensive short-term medical treatment due to a medical emergency
  • The member is not authorized to travel by his or her physician or midwife

If you have questions regarding or want to explore this exception, please contact our auditions chair, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Members may not claim this exception without Melinda’s prior approval.


Our Texoma NATSAA prelims (October 30 and 31) and regional finals (Nov 2) take place in odd-numbered years instead of the longstanding Edward Baird Singer of the Year (EBSOTY) competition.  We are preparing for two days of prelims because of the outstanding participation during our last preliminary round.  Singing times are assigned randomly according to competition rules, but we will try to schedule as many singers for Wednesday as time allows.

Despite the change in name, we will still award the same prize money for our regional finals as we do for EBSOTY: $1000 for First Place, $500 for Second Place, and $250 for Third Place.  Singers can register for NATSAA:  Singers may not apply through the Texoma website.  The deadline for this application is September 9th, and registration is through the preceding link and not the Texoma website.

NATS Hall Johnson Spiritual Competition

The Texoma Region will hold a regional round of the national NATS Hall Johnson Spiritual Competition on Wednesday, October 30.  Teachers, you will be able to register singers for this competition through your conference registration, and a singer in this category will not count against your 6 entries.  The registration fee will be the same as with other categories: $20 per entry.  For more information on the Hall Johnson Competition, visit here:

Finally, I want to orient you toward your important points of contact as we move closer to our conference.  Please note the following:

For questions regarding Hall Johnson Spirituals Competition

  • Michael Hix (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. -- Rio Grande District Governor 

For questions regarding Summer Program Auditions

  • Louima Lilite (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. -- Oklahoma District Governor

For questions regarding the Conference Artist Series

For questions regarding NATSAA

  • Randy Umstead (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) -- Texoma Region Governor

For questions regarding the Texoma website

For questions regarding Registration

For questions regarding Repertoire/Student Auditions

For questions regarding our conference venue

I am excited to see you all again soon!


Randall Umstead

Texoma Region Governor