Improv for Singers!!

Spring Workshop

Saturday, May 16th 

Please join us!!! Learn fun, fearless theatrical improv techniques that will make you a better singer – and teacher!  Boston NATS member teachers and their students ages 13-up welcome!  LIMITED availability, so book NOW!!!       $20 per participant

Class from 11am – 2pm  or  3-6pm- you pick!

On street parking available, as well as a commuter lot across the street.  Location:  Futura Productions, 4 Belgrade Avenue, Roslindale, MA

Reserve your spot here!

This class is taught by Christopher Simpson from The Contemporary Theatre Company.  Christopher is in his 10th season as Artistic Director of Wakefield, RI’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.  

Welcome our newest Board member!

unnamedWelcome to our newest Board member, Ian Howell, who has stepped in to take over duties as Board Secretary. Ian is Vocal Pedagogy Director at New England Conservatory of Music. Praised by the New York Daily News for his “rich voice, capable of great dramatic force,” and San Francisco Classical Voice for the “heart at the core of his soulful sound,” Ian Howell sings with a warm and seamless tone rarely heard from countertenors. In 2006, Mr. Howell won First Prize at the American Bach Soloists International Solo Competition and Third Prize at the Oratorio Society of New York’s Vocal Competition. His debut solo CD, “1685 and the Art of Ian Howell” with The American Bach Soloists was released in March 2009. From 2000-04 Ian performed and recorded with the Grammy award-winning ensemble Chanticleer. He regularly sings with the finest North American baroque orchestras and is particularly sought out for his expertise in the music of Bach and Handel. Mr. Howell is currently the Vocal Pedagogy Director at the New England Conservatory of Music where he teaches voice, leads the vocal pedagogy curriculum, and directs the NEC Voice and Sound Analysis Lab. Mr. Howell has taught at Yale, Swarthmore, and Rutgers Camden, and was a 2013 NATS Teaching Intern. He was the founding editor of, an online journal covering career and technique issues for singers. He holds a Master of Music Degree in Voice from Yale University and is a Candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at The New England Conservatory. His research focuses on practical applications of psychoacoustics and timbre perception for voice teachers.

New England NATS 2015 Regional Auditions

As NATS members, we agree that we see the most improvement and motivation in our students when they are encouraged to perform, whether in recital, master class, or competition. They sing with more purpose and more energy, and the improvement is very often evident. We hope that you will encourage your students to take the time to enter this competition and represent our chapter…and let their voices be heard!

From Boston NATS Chapter, National Musical Theatre Student Auditions 2nd place finalist Gabrielle Corsino.

From the Boston NATS Chapter, 2014 National Musical Theatre Student Auditions 2nd place finalist Gabrielle Corsino.

Submit your videos to the Boston Chapter by March 1st, 2015!  Your students have a chance to win part of the $30,000.00 in cash prizes that are awarded by the National Student Auditions each year.  On top of this, your students will receive written feedback on their performances at  every level of the Auditions.  Your student’s entries must videotaped and uploaded to YouTube for initial judging. National semifinalists and finalists perform live at the NATS National Workshop in Charleston, SC in July 2015.

We encourage you to enter students who have been semi finalists and finalists in the Boston Song Fest 2014.  Please send your strongest students.

FEE:  The initial  New England NATS Regional audition (due March 1st to the Boston Chapter) is free.  If you move on to the National You Tube screening round the the fee is $75.00.  This covers the cost of every round moving forward through the finals. This also includes the pianist (if you choose to use the house pianist) at the Semi finals and Finals in North Carolina.

There are four rounds to this competition:

Round 1 –  We submit your student’s videos to the New England NATS Region.  Out of these videos the judges will select the three top performances in each division, and send it along to the National judges.

Round 2 is the National You Tube screening – (700 singers)  – here the National judges will select the top 14 in each division to participate in the live semi finals. (168 singers)

Round 3  Semi Finals which is  on July 7, 2015 – at the NATS Summer Workshop at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  Here singers perform their selections in front of a judging panel and 3 from each division will advance to Finals (38 singers).

 Round 4 is the final live performances held also on July 7th, 2015 at the NATS Summer workshop at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Step 1:  Read all requirements here!   Don’t forget to read the video submission guidelines as well.  (Info about No Photocopies, live pianist etc)

Step 2:  Include the following information when submitting the video links to Boston NATS:

  • Classical or Musical Theatre
  • Singer’s Full Name
  • Age as of March 5th, 2015
  • Birthdate
  • Gender
  • Include a photocopy of a valid ID (license, birth certificate)
  • Singer’s Email
  • School if applicable
  • Teacher’s full name
  • Teacher’s email
  • Teacher affiliation (school name or private studio):

Questions?  Please email Noel Smith, Massachusetts NATS Regional Governor and Boston NATS Program Director at

NATS Natalie Weiss Master Class1

NATS Natalie Weiss Master Class

Photos from this year’s masterclass with Broadway singer Natalie Weiss.