WELCOME TO THE WEB SITE OF THE
OKLAHOMA DISTRICT OF THE
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF TEACHERS OF SINGING
April Golliver, Governor
Oklahoma State University
(405) 744-8986 office phone
(405) 564-3958 cell phone
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The Oklahoma District of the Texoma Region of NATS meets each spring. The Texoma Region (Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico) meets each fall. For information about the Texoma Region, go to the Region web site. (Click here)
Greetings Oklahoma NATS Members,
I hope this email finds you well and enjoying your spring semester! I am very excited about our OK NATS student auditions coming up on Saturday, April 12 at the Wanda L. Bass School of Music on the campus of Oklahoma City University (2501 N. Blackwelder, Oklahoma City, OK 73106-1493).
Our site coordinator, Frank Ragsdale, and the faculty of Oklahoma City University are working incredibly hard to make it a wonderful event for us! I hope you will all plan to attend the student auditions and our annual district business meeting/luncheon. OCU will host a masterclass given by Dr. David Herendeen, Director of The School of Theatre/Director of Opera and Music Theater/Professor of Music at Oklahoma City University on Friday evening, April 11.
Herendeen received his Bachelor and Master's degrees from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and his Doctorate from the University of Arizona. Internationally, he has studied with the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria and the Goldovsky Opera Workshop. He has acted and/or directed at the Arizona Opera, D'Angelo Opera Theater, Brevard Music Center, Erie Opera Theater, Hartt Opera, Michigan Opera, Rochester Philharmonic, Tucson Symphony, and Erie Philharmonic.
Herendeen created the role of Roderick Usher in the world premiere of the reconstruction of The Fall of the House of Usher, by Debussy, which was broadcast on public television. He received the the Deutsche Opera Berlin's German/American Award, which brought him to Berlin on a fellowship to study opera literature, sang at the Deutsche Opera Berlin as resident Lyrische/Kavalier baritone, and was a national finalist in the Merola Opera Competition, and a regional finalist in the annual Met and NATS competitions. Presently, he serves as Director for the School of Theatre, as well as the Director of the Opera and Music Theater programs. (If you have a student you would like to be considered as a participant on the masterclass, please send their name, year in school, and possible repertoire to me by March 3, 2014.)
This email and the attached documentation should give you all of the information that you need to register yourself and your students for our upcoming auditions. Teachers will need to submit all student, accompanist and repertoire information through our audition scheduling website (www.natsauditions.com). All fees (including teacher registration, business lunch reservations, and student entry fees) along with teacher registration form will need to be mailed to April Golliver (see attached "Conference-Luncheon Teacher Registration" document for mailing address).
I also must remind everyone that if your national dues have not been paid up-to-date at the time of the conference, your students will not be allowed to participate. So, please make sure and renew your national dues, if you have not yet done so.
As you begin to register, here are Five things to remember: 1) As soon as you log into the audition scheduling website you MUST UPDATE your "Profile" to include all of the schools/universities at which you teach. You can do this by going to "Member Tools" and then clicking on "My Profile" and entering the schools in the three boxes at the right hand side of the screen. (This information is vital so you don't judge students from your own institution(s). Be sure to "save" the changes by clicking SAVE at the bottom of the page.) 2) If you registered students last year through the website and your email address hasn't changed, your log in information should be the same and you can skip steps 2, 3 & 4 on the Basic Instructions document, but you still need to update the school information in your profile! 3) Each pianist is allowed to play for 10 students maximum. 4) Each teacher is allowed 8 students within Div. III-XI and unlimited entries in the Adult and Youth divisions. (All of the audition rules are attached.) 5) Registration will be open from February 25-March 14 (registration will close at 10:00pm on March 14).
**Important Note** - If you are a teacher who is planning to attend but not entering students you do not need to log into the auditions scheduling website. All you need to do is mail your teacher registration/lunch form and payment to April Golliver and then e-mail the auditions chair, Christian Morren, at firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know if you are willing to serve as a judge, even though you are not entering students.
The documents attached to this email include:
Hotel List pdf format
NATS Oklahoma District Governor
Assistant Professor of Music
Director of Opera
Oklahoma State University
The spring conference is set for April 12, 2014 at Oklahoma City University.