“Throughout its history, the purpose of [NATSAA] has been to select, through a series of elimination rounds on the district, regional, and national levels, singers whose artistry indicates that they are ready for a professional career and to encourage them toward that goal with a cash prize and the opportunity for performance engagements.”
– Edward Baird, NATS President, 1985-1987
How It Works: The NATSAA competition takes place every other year in conjunction with the NATS Winter Workshop and is open only to NATS members and students of NATS members. Preliminary competitions are held at the regional level, with one winner emerging from each of the 14 NATS regions. The 14 semifinalists then gather at the site of the NATS Winter Workshop (January 5-7, 2018 in New York City) for the final two rounds of the competition. The winner will then perform at the 55th NATS National Conference to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 22-26, 2018.
Entry Fee: $75
Prizes: The winner is awarded more than $13,000 in cash and prizes; the runner-up is awarded more than $6,000 in cash and prizes. Various other prizes and awards are given to participants in the competition.
Competition Dates: Preliminary regional rounds of the competition are scheduled for fall 2017, with the national semifinals and finals scheduled as part of the 2018 NATS Winter Workshop – January 5-7 in New York City.
Deadline to Apply: Sept. 5, 2017 (Application portal will open in late fall 2016)