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!


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.

NE 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.

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

Photo Gallery: Natalie Weiss Master Class

Photos from our 2014 masterclass with Broadway singer Natalie Weiss.