Congratulations to our NSA NATS-Boston Winners!

Junior Musical Theater Division:
1st Place: Lily Ramras – student of Eva Kendrick
2nd Place: Gabrielle Guimaraes – student of Julie Krugman
3rd Place: Zoe Ritchie – student of Linda Balliro

High School Musical Theater 1A Division:
1st Place: Julia Carson – student of Barbara Wilson Arboleda
2nd Place: Chloe Goodman – student of Barbara Wilson Arboleda
3rd Place: Andrew Cekala – student of Dana Varga

High School Classical 1A Division:
1st Place: Sydney Penny – student of Teresa Winner Blume
2nd Place: Ashley Kamal – student of Molly Jo Rivelli

High School Contemporary Commercial Music Division:
1st Place: Julia Marcus – student of Julie Krugman
2nd Place: Thalia Cook-Hansen – student of Beth Canterbury
3rd Place: Abigail McDonough – student of Mariko Matsumura
High School Musical Theater 1B Division:
1st Place: Caitlyn Burns – student of Noel Smith
2nd Place: Alexandra Berbue – student of Noel Smith
3rd Place: Neva Ventullo – student of Kim Lamoureux
High School Classical 1B Division:

1st Place: Hannah Klein – student of Angela Gooch
2nd Place: Sara Hargrave – student of Teresa Winner Blume
3rd Place: Theodore Edgar – student of Matthew Anderson
Recreational Musical Theater Division:

1st Place Tie: Molly Brierly – student of Noel Smith
1st Place Tie: Meaghan Bruneault – student of Amy Del Santo
College Contemporary Commercial Music Division:

1st Place: Kimberlea Kristy – student of Linda Balliro
College Musical Theater Division:

1st Place: Craig Simonetti – student of William Hite
2nd Place: Alexander Gardner – student of Julie Krugman
3rd Place: Corinne Apostolides – student of Amy Del Santo
College Classical Division:
1st Place: Matthew O’Donnell – student of Michael Meraw
2nd Place: Meghan Jolliffe – student of Michael Meraw
3rd Place: Karen Notovitz – student of Michael Meraw



How can voice teachers identify and correct the subtle, indirect patterns that keep students from singing their very best? How does the neuro-musculo-skeletal system support singers, and how can it cause problems? Can singers be quickly trained to use their bodies more efficiently?
Boston NATS and Rhode Island NATS invite you to an afternoon bodywork session with Marina Gilman, author of Body And Voice: A Somatic Re-Education.”Gilman is an SLP with specialization in the singing voice, who is now part of the interdisciplinary team at the Emory Voice Center in
“Body And Voice: A Somatic Re-Education” will be held Saturday, October 24, 1-3:30pm at the Academy Players Q2Q Theater, 202B King Philip Street Building 2, in Providence, RI.
This workshop is perfect for voice teachers, singers, actors, and SLPs. Gilman will lead participants in exercises and explorations to help increase kinesthetic and body awareness. Wear comfortable clothing!
Cost is $20 to current NATS members and $25 for non-NATS members.
For more information, visit or
Gilman Poster

Kenneth Bozeman’s October 3rd-4th Residency at the New England Conservatory and Longy (Submit your Student for the Masterclass)

We are pleased to announce that Kenneth Bozeman’s upcoming residency at Longy and NEC will feature two free masterclass spots (the 5:30-7:30 session on Sunday, October the 4th) for students of NATS Boston members.

Please have your intermediate to advanced classical style student submit an application to participate. Deadline for submission is Friday, September 25th.


Kenneth Bozeman Practical Vocal Acoustics Lecture and Voice Masterclass Boston Residency


Date: Saturday, October the 3rd
Time: 4-6pm Open Voice Lessons with Q & A: Acoustic Pedagogy Applied to the Male Passaggio
Location: Longy School of Music

Date: Sunday, October the 4th
Time: 2:30-4:30pm Lecture; 5:30-7:30pm Masterclass
Location: Pierce Hall, New England Conservatory (241 St. Botolph Street, Boston, MA 02115)


Saturday, October the 3rd, 4-6pm, Longy School of Music

Acoustic Pedagogy Applied to the Male Passaggio: Two lessons emphasizing the application of acoustic pedagogy to training the male range as explained in Kenneth Bozeman’s book, Practical Vocal Acoustics: Pedagogic Applications for Teachers and Singers, followed by a question and answer session with the author/teacher.
(For a more complete exposition on acoustic pedagogy, see the first session on Sunday)

Sunday, October the 4th, New England Conservatory of Music, Pierce Hall (241 St. Botolph Street, Boston, MA 02115)

Lecture Session 2:30-4:30pm
An Overview of the Vocal Acoustics Landscape: A summary look at the acoustic challenges all singers face across range, with effective strategies for negotiating those circumstances.

Topics will include:
• How circumstances vary by vowel and voice type;
• How and why they must be handled differently by vowel and by voice type;
• Male passaggio training; Female range negotiation
• The basic acoustics of belting

Masterclass Session 5:30-7:30pm
A Masterclass in Acoustic Pedagogy demonstrating its principles for Western classical training featuring NEC and NATS area voice students.

This residency is made possible by a collaboration between the New England Conservatory Voice and Vocal Pedagogy Program, the Longy School of Music, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing’s Boston Chapter.

About Kenneth Bozeman
Kenneth Bozeman, Professor of Music, tenor, holds performance degrees from Baylor University and the University of Arizona, and subsequently studied at the State Conservatory of Music in Munich on a Rotary fellowship. He is chair of the voice department at Lawrence University, where he has received two awards for excellence in teaching. He was awarded the Van Lawrence Fellowship by the Voice Foundation in 1994 for his interest in voice science and pedagogy and is the chair of the editorial board of the NATS Journal of Singing. His former students have sung with Houston Grand, Boston Lyric, Opera Colorado, Washington, Wolf Trap, Seattle, Deutsche Oper Berlin, San Francisco, New York City Opera, the Metropolitan, and Santa Fe Opera.

Voice teachers have been addressing vocal acoustics in some manner for as long as there has been voice instruction. Given the history of excellence in singing, singers, and teachers, the historic empirical approach clearly has had success. However, our scientific knowledge about and understanding of vocal acoustics has grown exponentially in the last sixty to eighty years, and will certainly continue to be refined by the growing number of ongoing collaborations between voice scientists and voice teachers interested in voice science. With sophisticated yet inexpensive sound analysis technology now widely available, more voice teachers are curious about its potential value for the studio, and are seeing the need to understand and be well-informed about the acoustics of vocal registration at the very least, as a means to more efficient pedagogy, but also as an essential element of voice pedagogy courses.

This book represents an attempt to distill from the science of vocal acoustics those factors that are essential for teachers at the beginning of the twenty-first century to understand, that are most likely to be productive for improving our pedagogic efficiency, and to present them in language that is generally accessible. It also aspires to contribute to more productive, mutually respectful and beneficial conversation between the pedagogic and scientific communities.

Mr. Bozeman’ Website

Kenneth Bozeman Boston Workshops October 3rd and 4th

bozeman professional pic 06.jpg.opt374x571o0,0s374x571MARK YOUR CALENDARS! October 3rd and 4th, internationally published voice science author and voice clinician Kenneth Bozeman will be coming to Boston for a workshop and masterclass based on his book, “Practical Vocal Acoustics.” He is especially gifted at explaining the often complex subject of formants, formant tuning, and acoustic registration events in the singing voice. This workshop and masterclass will be free of charge and marks a new collaboration between the New England Conservatory, Longy School of Music, and NATS Boston. Learn more about Bozeman’s work here. Details, including how to submit your student for the masterclass, to follow.

Announcing PAVA and the 2015 PAVA Symposium (October 9-11)

Dear NATS Boston Members,

We are happy to pass along information about PAVA (the Pan American Vocology Association) and their upcoming symposium—October 9-11 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Key speakers include Lynn Helding, Ingo Titze, Mara Behlau from Brazil, and, as a special treat, Renee Fleming will make an appearance and have an interview/conversation with Ingo Titze. Allen Henderson (NATS Executive Director, Georgia Southern University) and Ian Howell (Boston NATS Board Secretary, New England Conservatory of Music) will also present.

What is The Pan-American Vocology Association, and what is Vocology?

In its broadest sense, vocology is the study of vocalization. This can include every aspect of human and animal sound-making in airways within the body. An expanded definition of vocology is, “The science and practice of voice habilitation.” The emphasis in this definition is on habilitation rather than rehabilitation.Habilitation is the process of enabling, equipping for, or capacitating. Habilitation means more than just repairing a voice; the concept of habilitation promotes an overarching, objective view of the voice as an essentially functional system that operates in a myriad of genres, styles and speech gestures. This concept allows the full range of vocal expression to be considered.

How is PAVA different from other voice associations?

     •  We are a membership driven group of voice professionals from all voice related vocations including Vocologists, SLPs, ENTs, Professional Singers, Voice Teachers, Voice for the Actor Coaches and Voice Therapists.

     •  PAVA is an association, not a foundation, with elected officers whose terms rotate every two years, according to a set of Bylaws.

     •  PAVA aspires to develop vocology as a formalized profession with clearly defined roles and standards for training, by establishing a codified set of standards, scope of practice, and eventually, certification.

     •  The mission of the Pan-American Vocology Association is to advance the scientific study of voice for artistic and professional use by fostering vocology in all countries of the Western Hemisphere through research, dissemination of knowledge, training, and the creation and development of professional standards and credentials in voice habilitation and rehabilitation.

More information at

FREE! Dr. Stephen Austin August 15-16 at the New England Summer Workshop

austin-stephenDr. Austin’s work is familiar to NATS members who read his regular “Provenance” column in the Journal of Singing, and he is unparalleled in his ability to distill immediately actionable information from historical treatises. If you haven’t had the chance to hear him speak and watch him teach, come to the New England NATS Summer workshop this August 15-16 in Kingston, Rhode Island.

If you have any questions, contact Richard Weidlich ( He is still looking for masterclass participants (both students and teachers). Registration is FREE!

More information can be found on the New England NATS website.

NATS Boston’s Spring 2015 Workshop: Improv for Singers

Slide1Join us! Our Improv for Singers class will be led by Christopher Simpson. Learn fun, fearless theatrical improv techniques that will make you a better singer – and teacher!  Boston NATS members and their students (ages 13+) are welcome!  LIMITED availability, so book NOW!

Date: Saturday May 16, 2015

Times: 11am – 2pm  or  3-6pm (you pick!)

Fee: $20 per participant

Location:  Futura Productions, 4 Belgrade Avenue, Roslindale, MA

 Parking: On-street parking available, and there’s a commuter lot across the street.  

Reservations: To reserve your spot, click here

1508573_10100444930317882_5624786796773175759_nChristopher Simpson is in his 10th season as Artistic Director of Wakefield, Rhode Island’s Contemporary Theatre Company.  He studied Theater and Comparative Literature at Princeton University and has worked in professional theaters in New Jersey, Kenya, and throughout New England.  


NE NATS 2015 Regional Auditions Results

Audition Results

The results are in – the first step in this competition is complete, winners now move on to the National You Tube Round where they compete against 700 students from all over the country!

The top 14 from the National You Tube round will move on to the semi finals held live in North Carolina at the Summer NATS Workshop.

New England NATS Regional Youtube Competition 2015

 Division I: High School Musical Theater Men 

  1. Benedict Hensley, Westborough High School
    Julie Krugman, teacher

Division II: High School Musical Theater Women 

  1. Janna Sokolow, Lynnfield High School
    Noel Smith, teacher
  2. Venere Salzillo, Saugus High School
    Noel Smith, teacher
  3. Ally Peters, Lynnfield High School
    Noel Smith, teacher

Honorable Mention: Casey Greenleaf, Brattleboro Union High Schoo

Jennifer Carol Hansen, teacher

Division III: High School Classical Men

  1. Mark Garrepy, Private
    Roberta Janelle Bishop, teacher
  2. Christopher LaMountain, Westborough High School
    Julie Krugman, teacher
  3. Lucas Antonio Guzman, Roxbury Latin School
    Rob Opdycke, teacher, Roxbury Latin School

Division IV: High School Classical Women

  1. Madison Fitzpatrick, Hanover High SchoolFurong Gardner, teacher
  2. Melanie Richard, Lynnfield High SchoolNoel Smith, teacher
  3. Rachel Garrepy, PrivateRoberta Janelle Bishop, teacher

Honorable Mentions:

Sara Mitnik, Litchfield High School

Laura Mashburn, teacher

Julia Marcus, Westborough High School

Julie Krugman, teacher

Division V: College Musical Theater Men

No entries

Division VI: College Musical Theater Women

  1. Jacqueline Savageau, Clark UniversityJulie Krugman, teacher

Division VII: Lower College/Private Men

  1. Andrew GarrepyRoberta Janelle Bishop
  2. Matthew Feinberg, Western Connecticut State UniversityRoy Mazzacane, teacher
  3. Daniel Satter, Western Connecticut State UniversityDr. Richard Weidlich, teacher

Division VIII: Lower College/Private Women

  1. Arianna Carlo, Western Connecticut State UniversityDr. Margaret Astrup
  2. Nicole Salamon, Western Connecticut State UniversityDr. Richard Weidlich, teacher
  3. TIE

Kaitlin Carruthers, Western Connecticut State University

Dr. Richard Weidlich, teacher

Sophia Cannavo, Western Connecticut State University

Laura Mashburn, teacher

Upper College/Private Men

  1. TIEChristopher GarrepyRoberta Janelle Bishop, teacherCharles Widmer, Western Connecticut State UniversityDr. Richard Weidlich, teacher
  2. Benjamin McCormack, Western Connecticut State UniversityDr. Margaret Astrup, teacher
  3. Steve Valenzuela, Western Connecticut State UniversityDr. Margaret Astrup, teacher

Upper College/Private Women

  1. Kassiani Kontothanasis, Western Connecticut State UniversityDr. Margaret Astrup, teacher

Advanced Men

No entries

Advanced Women

  1. Ahyoung Jeong, New England ConservatoryCarole Haber, teacher
  2. Julie Rumbold, Central Connecticut State UniversityJoanne Scattergood, Central Connecticut State University
  3. Karolina WojteczkoDr. Margaret Astrup, teacher

Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to all who entered. We look forward to next year’s competition!