NATS Student Auditions


2021 Cascade Chapter NATS CCM Festival

  • MASTERCLASS on making videos for teachers and students, TBA end of March
  •  April 8th Thursday: Student audition videos due, registration closes 10 p.m. PST 
  • April 15th 7 p.m. Thursday: Mandatory Adjudicator meeting (with guests)***
  • April 16-23rd: Adjudication period (reserve a chunk of hours to adjudicate during this time frame)
  • April 24th Saturday: CCM themed workshops
  • April 25th Sunday 4 PM: Showcase Recital highlighting singers from each genre livestream

Workshop Descriptions

Workshop #1

When: Saturday April 24, 2021 at 10:30am
Presenters: Morgan and Karen Mallory
Title:  Singing Contemporary Commercial Music Styles = Finding and Feeling the Groove (Creative Rhythmic Exploration for Singers)

Karen MalloryKaren Mallory holds BA & MS Degrees in Music Education from Portland State University, and completed Certification as a YogaVoice® Teacher in 2020. Karen has been teaching music and voice for over 40 years privately, as well as at Pacific University, and K-12 general & choral music. Karen’s vocal career focused on and specialized in Contemporary Commercial Music, Nightclub/Pop/Rock venues singing as lead singer in multiple cover bands and musical theatre Cabarets. She is a requested vocal coach and clinician for music theatre companies, high school drama and choral departments, gives frequent master classes and performance workshops, and adjudicating for solo vocal music and music theater competitions and festivals. She is a longtime member of NATS, serving many positions as a Board member over a 10 year span while raising her two highly musical boys.

Morgan MalloryMorgan Mallory: Riding the line between teacher and performing artist on a daily basis, Morgan Mallory is a full time musician and music instructor in Los Angeles. In his teen years, he was a NATS competitor and music theater lover, before evolving into a touring band musician and solo artist who now writes, records and releases his own songs. His time on The Voice-Season 5, opening for OneRepublic in concert, working as a Singer/Songwriter on recording projects with Grammy award winning producers, have allowed him to amass a wealth of insight into the modern music industry along the way. As a professional actor, he’s played Warner in Legally Blonde, Jesus in the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar, and won Broadway World’s 2018 Best Actor in a Musical award for his role of Dean in Folk City (musical tribute to famous NY Folk Music Nightclub). Morgan taught voice/guitar/bass/drums/songwriting and audio production at Los Rios Rock School in San Juan Capistrano, CA for 3 years, before founding Mallory-Orazio Artist Development (MOAD), where he mentors musicians, singers, and actors alike. Finding the soul center of music allows him to be effective across multiple genres.

Workshop #2

When:  Saturday April 24, 2021 at 12:30pm
Presenter: Erin McCarthy
Title: Reality TV 101: A Primer for Singers on Navigating the World of Television Singing Competitions

Workshop Description: Auditioning for American Idol, The Voice, or America’s Got Talent is an exciting proposition!  But it can also be confusing, complicated, and scary.  Erin will shed light on the audition process, help singers understand what’s at stake when they engage with a reality show, give some tips on how to best present for the producers and judges, and chart a course for next steps after your audition!  Bring your questions about auditioning for these shows, and learn how you can optimize your social media to get noticed by casting agents.

Erin McCarthySoprano Erin G. McCarthy is an award-winning singer who has appeared onstage throughout the Pacific Northwest, New England, and Europe.  A versatile performer, she is equally at home in an operatic role, in front of an orchestra, and in a barnyard; her YouTube channel features Erin singing arias and art songs with the residents of her farm, which include horses, alpacas, goats, and chickens, and several of the videos have gone viral.  She was a featured performer on America’s Got Talent Season 15 (Simon called her “hilarious”) and she received her 3 “Yes” to advance.  Erin has been featured by Classic FM, WFMT in Chicago, and on numerous recording projects, including an award-winning 2006 CD of original compositions by Jeffrey Brody.

Workshop #3

When:  Saturday April 24, 2021 at 2:00pm
Presenter: Melissa Cross
Title: Mal Canto: the Mechanics of Noisy Phonation

Workshop Description: “Mal Canto” delineates 4 source/filter  mechanics involving “noise” (aperiodic output), with particular emphasis on its execution  combining melodic (periodic) voicings with noise to achieve a “roughness” or “damaged sound,” This quality has been popular in rock music since the middle of the 20th century. Melissa has devoted her energy to preserving voices in a musical genre close to her heart for a lifetime.

Melissa-CrossMelissa Cross is a traditionally trained New York singing teacher of 31 years. During the late 90s, she began specialized discovery and assistance to a rising movement of vocalists where extreme human emotion surpassed beauty as a primary aesthetic. Her  2005 instructional video, “The Zen of Screaming” has sold over 100k copies and she is now considered the “go to” expert on extreme vocals with a roster of over a hundred major label recording artists.

The 2021 CCM Festival Handbook
CCM Adjudicating Rubric


2021 Classical Festival Handbook 2021 Cascade Chapter Classical NATS Festival:

  • Thursday, January 21st: Student audition Videos due
  • Thursday, January 28th: 7:00 PM Required Adjudicator Training
  • January 29th-February 5th: Adjudication period (reserve a chunk of hours to adjudicate during this time frame)
  • Saturday, February 6th: Festival workshops & 12 pm Chapter Meeting online
  • Sunday, February 7th: 2:00 PM Honors Recital Online

2020 Musical Theater Handbook Musical Theater Categories Cascade Classical Auditions February 15th-16th, 2020 Pacific University Registration closes Friday, January 31st, 2020

2019 Classical Student Auditions University of Portland January 26th and 27th, 2019 Registration Deadline: January 11th Chapter Meeting: January 26th Honors Recital: January 27th featuring 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners 2018

2018 Musical Theatre Student Auditions Western Oregon University November 10th and 11th, 2018. Registration Deadline: October 26, 2018. Register at Chapter Meeting: November 10th, 2018 12:00-1:30pm Honors Recital: November 11th, 2018  3:00pm Festival Workshops: Musical Theatre Type Casting with Courtney Freed and Stage Entrances, Exits, and Etiquette/What Not To Wear with Nicole Leupp Hanig Clarification on Categories for Musical Theatre Fall 2018

2018 Classical Student Auditions

NATS Cascade Classical Honors Recital 2018

January 27/28, 2018 University of Portland Nicole Hanig, Host Auditions Co-Chairs: Beverly Park Amy Hansen Jennifer Davies 2017

NATS Artist Award Competition Northwest Region October 27 – 28, 2017 Portland State University 2017 Musical Theater NATS Student Auditions November 18-19, 2017 Maryhurst University 2017 Classical NATS Student Auditions January 28, 2017 Pacific University 2016

2016 Musical Theatre NATS Student Auditions November 5, 2016 Lewis & Clark Host: Sue McBerry

NSA auditions in Chicago in July 2016

We are so please to share that we sent 9 students from our chapter to compete in the final live rounds of the NSA auditions in Chicago in July 2016: I High School Music Theater Women, Hannah Boyack, Teacher: Allison Swensen-Mitchell I High School Music Theater Women, Sunday Manisto-Saari, Teacher: Linda Appert I High School Music Theater Women, Andrea Reichle, Teacher: Vanessa Jump Nelson II High School Music Theater Men, Isaiah Zimmerman, Teacher: Kay Joham III High School Classical Women, Olga Melendez Valdes, Teacher: Allison Swensen-Mitchell IX Upper College/Independent Studio Music Theater Women, Shahayla Ononaiye, Teacher: Jamie Jacobson IX Upper College/Independent Studio Music Theater Women, Natalie Pate, Teacher: Allison Swensen-Mitchell V Lower College/Independent Studio Music Theater Women, Paris Rumbolz, Teacher: Kara Quello XIII Advanced College/Independent Studio Women, Rebecca Sacks, Teacher: Ruth Dobson

Past Honors Recital Programs:

Classical Winter 2018 Honors Recital Program Classical 2016 Honors Recital Program Musical Theater Fall 2015 Honors Recital Program Classical Spring 2015 Honors program Musical Theater Fall 2014 Honors Recital Program Classical Fall 2013 Honors Recital Program Classical Spring 2013 Honors Recital Program Musical Theatre 2012 Honors Recital Program Classical 2012 Honors Recital Program Musical Theatre 2011 Honors Recital Program