NATS Boston Fall Events

We are thrilled to announce two exciting presentations for this Fall.  The Brain, Music and Optimal Performance by Dr. Karen Leigh-Post on November 6, 2016 and The Special Psychoacoustics of the Singing Voice—The Classical Male and Female Voice by Dr. Ian Howell on November 16, 2016. We hope to see you there.

NATS Boston Teachers:  Please submit your classical or musical theater students for the chance to participate in Dr. Leigh-Post’s FREE November 6th Masterclass.
Submissions due by Sunday, October 23rd. Click 
here  for the application form.

The Brain, Music, and Optimal Performance—A NATS Boston/New England Conservatory Residency

Who: Dr. Karen Leigh-Post, Faculty of Lawrence University
When: Sunday, November 6th, 2016, 2:30-7:30pm
Where: Pierce Hall, The New England Conservatory of Music, 241 St. Botolph Street, Boston, MA 02115
Cost: FREE and open to the public

Public Lecture (2:30-4:30pm): The Brain, Music, and Optimal Performance

This clear yet delightfully quick-paced introduction to cognitive neuroscience for the voice studio nimbly weaves together discoveries in neuroscience with the experience of vocal artistry to show how singing can be viewed as a perception-action cycle. From the outset, practical application exercises demystify how the conscious mind integrates with unconscious sensory and motor processes to unleash our body’s intelligence to produce optimal and even peak performance in the expressive and artistic endeavor we know as singing. Through this further expansion of voice science and pedagogy into the field of cognitive neuroscience, singers learn to take charge, to mindfully integrate their audio-motor intentions with expert motor response. The teacher becomes equipped to better understand optimal flow of information, where disruption may occur, and how to guide the student in setting the right goal for the task of the moment — to get the thinking right.

Break (4:30-5:30pm)

Masterclass (5:30-7:30pm): The Application of Cognitive Neuroscience for the Teacher of Singing

We invite students of NATS Boston teachers to submit an application to sing for this masterclass. The application for classical or musical theater students of NATS Boston teachers is available here, and is due by Sunday, October 23rd. 

About Dr. Karen Leigh-Post

Karen Leigh-Post, DMA is on the faculty of the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin, and has engaged in interdisciplinary studies with notable innovators in singing-acting, movement, and performance psychology throughout her performing and teaching career. Her extensive study of the interaction of the mind and body includes cognitive neuroscience and functional anatomy. Dr. Leigh-Post’s research presentations at National Association of Teachers of Singing conferences (2010 and 2012) and at the International Congress of Voice Teachers in Australia (2013) have been described as “charming, amusing, but dispensing valuable information every second” (Shirlee Emmons), and “whimsical, intelligent, practical and brilliantly communicated” (Pat Wilson). Her publications include an Anthology of Art Song for the Sacred Service featuring works by contemporary American composers (Classical Vocal Reprints) and the recently released Mind-Body Awareness for Singers: Unleashing Optimal Performance (Plural Publishing, Inc.).

Leigh-Post earned a doctorate of musical arts under the tutelage of master teacher Shirlee Emmons at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts, is a two-time winner of both the District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and regional Outstanding Mezzo Award, and has sung various lead roles in the US and abroad. Critics described Ms. Leigh’s Carmen as “a very attractive heroine with a striking mezzo soprano” and commended the “well-formed supple lines of her Venus” (Tannhäuser), and her dramatic portrayal of Maria Callas (Master Class) was heralded as “brilliant in her depth of character.” Dr. Leigh-Post is also pleased to note that alumni from her studio enjoy active careers, performing with notable opera companies, symphonies, and vocal ensembles such as the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the New York Philharmonic, and Chanticleer.

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The Special Psychoacoustics of the Singing Voice—The Classical Male and Female Voice

Who: Dr. Ian Howell, Faculty of The New England Conservatory of Music
When: Wednesday, November the 16th, 7-8:30pm
Where: Jordan Hall 367 (Carr Room), The New England Conservatory of Music, Jordan Hall, 290 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115
Cost: FREE and open to the public (seating limited, please arrive early).


Public Lecture with Question and Answer Period (7-8:30pm): The Special Psychoacoustics of the Singing Voice—The Classical Male and Female Voice

The manner in which vocal tract resonances interact with vocal source harmonics is perhaps the most important aspect of acoustic science to be under-utilized by voice teachers. Many of the phenomena it describes in objective detail—including dependably resonant singing and effective vowel modification and substitution—were guided subjectively by ear and intuition for centuries prior to the development of spectrographic visualization technology. Despite the notable efforts of many voice scientists and pedagogues, and the earnest desire on the part of curious voice teachers, the practical application of resonance/harmonic interactions remains beyond the grasp of most. I believe that this is due, at least in part, to the manner in which these interactions are currently presented in the vocal pedagogy literature—based on the model of the spectral envelope of speech-level vowels (the implied line connecting the peaks of the harmonics of the voice). Within the context of the spectral envelope model, we are invited to consider the simultaneous importance of both the fundamental pitch and also various clusters of high frequency harmonics with no practical mechanism (beyond vague terms like “warm,” “bright,” “core,” “metallic,” etc…) for understanding the way in which they influence one another and integrate into our all-at-once experience of a vowel. The spectral envelope model—and the vowel graphs of average speech-level first and second formant locations found in most vocal pedagogy textbooks—may become a conceptual bottleneck without practical aural significance.

Ongoing psychoacoustic research conducted in the New England Conservatory’s Voice and Sound Analysis Lab suggests that the concept of the spectral envelope itself may cease to serve singers above a certain pitch, that the harmonics of the voice may be productively parsed into multiple hallucinated units of vowel-like timbre that the brain paradoxically localizes in the space of the fundamental pitch, and that a well-registered voice may be characterized by the manner in which these units of timbre change (or disappear entirely) as pitch ascends. This presentation introduces simple psychoacoustic concepts regarding timbre perception, utilizes affordable software to quickly demonstrate how the various parts of a vowel’s spectral envelope may separately contribute to the vowel’s overall character, offers clear ear-training exercises to refine our ability to perceive the voice (and aurally locate the actual fundamental harmonic), and suggests new predictive and nuanced visual and aural models for teaching resonances and registration in the vocal pedagogy classroom.

About Dr. Ian Howell

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. He has sung with Florentine Opera, New York City Opera, and Opera London, and with most major North American baroque orchestras. Especially sought after in the works of Bach and Handel, Dr. Howell has recorded for the American Bach Soloists, Warner Classics, Rhino, and Gothic labels. His debut solo CD, 1685 and the Art of Ian Howell with The American Bach Soloists features repertory by Domenico Scarlatti, J.S. Bach, and G.F. Handel. He can also be heard with the all male chamber choir Chanticleer on one DVD and eight CDs, including the GRAMMY AWARD winning Lamentations and Praises and the GRAMMY nominated Our American Journey. Dr. Howell holds degrees in music from Yale and Capital Universities, and the New England Conservatory of Music where he currently teaches voice and vocal pedagogy and directs research in the NEC Voice and Sound Analysis Laboratory. He has presented his original research—which focuses on practical applications of a timbre-based framework for hearing vocal registration events—at both the Pan American Vocology Association’s international symposium (2015) and the NATS national convention (2016).

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Summer BBQ August 14th, 2016!!!

Save the Date!!

Please join us for our annual Summer BBQ at Noel’s house in Lynnfield MA.  Come meet your fellow teachers and  Board members.  Come here our plans for the year and events that will be coming your way!  Oh, and come for the great food and drinks!!

Sunday, August 14th

4 – 7 pm

Hosted by Noel Smith, President of the Boston Chapter of NATS



NATS-Boston is happy to announce that out of the hundreds of students who auditioned in the NATS National Student Auditions, we have 5 students from our local chapter who have progressed to the National Semi-Final Round. These students will compete along with the other National Semi-Finalists in their division at the NATS National Conference in Chicago on July 9 & 10, 2016. We congratulate our amazing NATS-Boston Student and their teachers!

High School Musical Theater Women Division
Caitlyn Burns, student of Noel Smith
Zan Berube, student of Noel Smith

High School Classical Men Division
Benedict Hensley, student of Julie Krugman
Christopher LaMountain, student of Julie Krugman

Upper College Musical Theater Men Division
Sean Kaiser, student of Eva Kendrick

noel and students

Caitlyn Burns, Zan Berube, Noel Smith

Benedict Hensley, Julie Krugman, Chris LaMountain

Benedict Hensley, Julie Krugman, Chris LaMountain

Sean Kaiser

Sean Kaiser

Boston Chapter NATS Student Auditions Changes for 2017

In response to membership feedback after the Student Auditions in 2015/2016 we have made a few changes for 2016/2017. We hope that all of these changes will make for a positive experience for both teachers and students moving forward. Please contact Auditions Chair, Julie Krugman, with more questions:

1) We have moved the auditions to Spring in order to give teachers and students more time to prepare for the fun!

2) We have eliminated the Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) Division from the District Auditions. Look for more CCM Programming from NATS-Boston in the future!

3) We have moved ALL preliminary round auditions for College and Recreational Divisions on-line. Students will be able to apply via YAP Tracker, and will receive written feedback on their video submissions, just as they would from a live preliminary round.
The deadline for submission of preliminary round videos is TBA. College and Recreational students will sing live auditions for the semi-final and final rounds only. Teachers in the College & Recreational Divisions may be asked to judge preliminary rounds on-line, but will not be required to judge in person on Sunday, March 19th.

4) High School and Junior Division teachers will still be asked to participate as judges for the preliminary rounds on Saturday, March 18th – so please plan accordingly.

Save the Dates:

Saturday, March 18, 2017

**Junior Musical Theater Division: Preliminary & Semi-Final Rounds (10:00AM start) **High School Musical Theater & Classical: Preliminary & Semi-Final Rounds (10:00AM start)

Sunday, March 19, 2017

**College Musical Theater & Classical: Semi-Final & Final Rounds (1:30PM start, 6:00PM Finals Concert)
**Recreational Musical Theater & Classical: Semi-Final & Final Rounds (1:30PM start, 6:00PM Finals Concert)

**Junior Musical Theater: Finals Concert 6:00PM
**High School Musical Theater & Classical: Finals Concert 6:00PM

Vocal Pedagogy Professional Workshop at Boston Conservatory: Call for Singers!


Boston Conservatory Vocal Pedagogy Professional Workshop July 14-17th.

This year the Boston Conservatory will hold the 6th annual Vocal Pedagogy Professional Workshop with over 140 participants to from all over the world to date. The workshop is an intensive of Anatomy and Physiology, Voice Diagnosis, Vocal Health, Classical and Musical Theater Voice Pedagogies, Breathing for Singing, and Repertoire. This year we would like to have the NATS-Boston submit their high school level singers (ages 14-18) in both Classical and Musical Theater genres to participate in a Masterclass with Rebecca Folsom and Kevin Wilson on Saturday, July 16th at 8pm in Seully Hall. Students who are interested must submit a video of 1 song in the genre of their choice to by May 1st, 2016. 2 students will be selected for musical theater and 2 students for classical voice with 1 potential alternate. Teachers of the students selected will received a $150 discount to attend the Vocal Pedagogy Professional Workshop. Additionally we would like to extend a welcome to any NATS-Boston members and their students who would like to attend the Masterclass with a 10% discount on the workshop.

Another discount for the Vocal Pedagogy Professional Workshop ($150.00)  is also available for NATS-Boston voice teachers who have students attending the Vocal Choral Institute, and the Summer Dance Intensive. Please have those teachers contact

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National Student Auditions – New England Regional finalists will now move on to the National Round.

 Congratulations to all students who competed in the National Student Auditions.  Here are the top five finalists from the New England Region for each division.  They will now move on to the National Round.    (Student name followed by teacher name)

Division I:  High School Musical Theater Women:

  • Caitlyn Burns –  Noel Smith, MA
  • Grace Kontak –  Hannah Murray, NH
  • Zoe Stewart –  Eva Kendrick, MA
  • Zan Berube –  Noel Smith, MA
  • Jessica Ayer –  Eva Kendrick, MA

Division II:  High School Musical Theater Men:

  • Tyler Shore – Hannah Murray, NH
  • Frank Sullivan – Noel Smith, MA
  • Cole Foster –  Eva Kendrick, MA

Division III:  High School Classical Women:

  • Yohji Daquio-Braude –  Sandra Chabot, RI
  • Sydney Penny –  Teresa Winner-Blume, MA
  • Julia Marcus –  Julie Krugman, MA
  • Rachel Garrepy –  Roberta Janelle Bishop, RI
  • Elizabeth Kimball –  Eva Kendrick, MA

Division IV:  High School Classical Men:

  • Christopher LaMountain –  Julie Krugman, MA
  • Benedict Hensley –  Julie Krugman, MA
  • Gabriel Garcia –  Joanne Scattergood-Reeves, CT

Division V: Lower College Musical Theater Women:

  • Alycia Patterson  Julie Krugman, MA
  • J Karpino –  Eva Kendrick, MA

Division VI: Lower College Musical Theater Men:

  • Ethan Kraus –  Eva Kendrick, MA

Division VII:  Lower College Classical Women:

  • Sophia Cannavo –  Laura Mashburn, CT 
  • Nicole Salamon –  Dr. Richard Weidlich, CT
  • Samantha Feliciano –  Laura Mashburn, CT
  • Leanna O’Brien –  Laura Mashburn, CT
  • Natalie Andrews  Dr. Margaret Astrup, CT

Division VIII:  Lower College Classical Men:

  • Sergio Mandujano –  Roy Mazzacane, CT
  • Daniel Satter –  Dr. Richard Weidlich, CT
  • Samuel Asuque –  Mary Brown-Bonacci, MA

Division VIIII:  Upper College Musical Theater Women:

  • Jessica Luhman –  Eva Kendrick, MA

Division X:  Upper College Musical Theater Men:

  • Sean Kaiser –  Eva Kendrick, MA
  • Matthew Johnson –  Roy Mazzacane, CT

Division XI:  Upper College Classical Women:

  • Arianna Carlo –  Dr. Margaret Astrup, CT 
  • Louise Carrozza –  Constance Chase, CT
  • Patrice Metcalf –  Mary Brown-Bonacci, MA
  • Gillian Tedeschi –  Dr. Richard Weidlich, CT
  • Katherine Marsh  Dr. Margaret Astrup, CT

Division XIII:  Advanced Classical Women:

  • Karolina Wojteczko –  Dr. Margaret Astrup, CT

Division XIIII:  Advanced Classical Men:

  • Steve Valenzuela –  Dr. Margaret Astrup, CT

Upcoming Events!

Greetings NATS Boston members!  We have some very exciting events coming your way this season – please mark your calendars!

Teen Spring Fling Event!  Sunday, April 3rd from 3 – 5pm


Location:  MJ’s Music School, 885 Main Street, Waltham, MA
For Directions :
3 events in one afternoon!  This event is geared toward the private studio teacher, working with teenage students!

Part 1:  Talk and master class with Noel Smith and Dr. Chandler Thompson. 

(3-4pm)  How do you keep your over achieving high school singer’s voice healthy?  In one day, the student sings in the choir, an A Cappella group, the School musical, and a coffee house at night featuring the latest pop hits!  Presented by a vocal teacher who specializes in working with 13-22 year old students and a clinical vocologist/voice therapist, who works with singers and actors as patients.  This workshop will walk you through the ins and outs of training the young voice while also addressing the more technical side of vocal rehab and how to spot medical vocal issues.
This interactive workshop will help participants identify and correct vocal challenges in young singers.  This workshop will also explain differences in medical jargon, so teachers will be better equipped to serve as “interpreters” across disciplines, and to set goals and restrictions when students have had medical vocal issues.
Noel and Chandler will work with 2-3 singers between the ages of 14-19 to apply the collaborative strategies introduced in the talk.
Call for singers:  Looking for singers for this master class!  Please send a video (iPhone video is fine) of a singer you would like Noel and Chandler to work with.  Looking for singers who may be over achievers!  Please send the video links to

Part 2:  Panel Discussion:

(4-5pm) Running a successful private voice studio.  A moderated discussion among the panelists and a Q&A for members.  Discussions will include policies, pricing, tax information, among many other topics!

Part 3:  Music Share:

(5-5:30) this afternoon will conclude with a “music share” for all attendees to discuss their favorite music for the young singer!  Bring 2 or 3 of your favorite books for the young singer for other teachers to look through!

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Did we mention that this event is FREE for the members of Boston NATS and their students!!!  Simply let us know you are coming –  $10.00 at the door for non-members.

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.
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Gilman Poster