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Message from the Governor

Dear Texoma NATS members,

As the Governor of the Texoma region of NATS, I’d like to extend my warmest greetings. We are an active and engaged region with many programs at the chapter and region level. Please reach out to myself or your chapter leadership if you have any questions or are looking for a way to become involved. 

The Texoma Region is the fifth largest region in the country by membership. Texoma's geographic territory includes the states of Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico.  We have five districts--North Texas, Oklahoma, Rio Grande, West Texas, and South Texas with seven chapters within these districts--Dallas/Ft. Worth, East Texas, Great Plains, Panhandle, Rio Grande, Greater Houston, and South Texas.   

To get acquainted with our region, I suggest you survey this website, as well as our FB pages “Texoma NATS--Members Only” or “Texoma NATS.” Two of our members presently sit on the Board of Directors of the NATS Foundation, while I serve on the NATS Board of Directors.  Many more of our members have been nominated and/or have held national office.

Texoma's geographic territory includes the states of Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. We have five districts--North Texas, Oklahoma, Rio Grande, West Texas, and South Texas with seven chapters within these districts:

Our membership consists of teachers of singing who hold faculty positions at colleges and universities or maintain private studios as Independent Teachers.  Please reach out if we can be of assistance to you!

Sincerely,

Melinda Brou

Texoma Region Governor

NATS Copyright Policy Update

Dear Texoma members,

I am writing you to information of a change to the NATS Copyright Policy that was approved by our board this summer.  I was delighted to vote in favor of this change.  This information will also appear on the Texoma website shortly.

The underlying premise is that primary responsibility for following copyright law, as the result of recent court rulings, is being transferred from NATS to teachers, singers, and pianists.  With our new copyright policy and teacher/student/pianist copyright acknowledgements, it is NO LONGER NECESSARY to check for original scores at NATS events. Furthermore, the the use of iPads and tablets as musical scores for collaborative pianists during all levels of NATS auditions has been approved, and they are held to the same standards of copyright as any other musical score used for auditions.

NATS still encourages its members, their students, accompanists and the general population to become educated about, and to comply with, all applicable copyright laws. Reproduction of a copyrighted work constitutes copyright infringement unless a license to reproduce such work has been obtained, the use is considered fair use, the work is in the public domain, or a valid exception to copyright infringement exists.

NATS requires students, teachers and other participants in NATS affiliated events, auditions and competitions to affirm compliance with the NATS Copyright Policy, and to use only authorized reproductions of copyrighted works.  NATS members, singers, and pianists will need to affirm that they will only use legal copies of music during NATS events as part of the registration process.  Entrants will not be able to compete until they and their pianist complete this copyright acknowledgment. 

For additional information:

Additionally, I am writing to confirm that Summer Program Auditions will be occurring at this year's conference.  You can find additional information about them at our website, texomanats.org.  As a reminder, unlike most of the other aspects of the conference, students will register themselves directly at https://www.auditionware.com/texoma/spa.php.  Registration for SPA opens tomorrow, September 2.

Sincerely,

Randall Umstead

Texoma Region Governor

Message from Summer Program Auditions Chair

Dear Members, 

I hope you’re well and resting some on this Labor Day holiday. It is with great pleasure I am writing to say Registration for our Summer Program Auditions (SPA) is now open! 

The opportunity to grow a singer’s craft in the summer through a uniquely supportive and enriching environment is the reason Texoma has brought SPA to our region. So, teachers, please encourage your students who are ready and interested to register for this fantastic opportunity! 

Students and members wishing to audition must use the following link to register: https://www.auditionware.com/texoma/spa.php

We have endeavored to keep the registration process as user friendly as possible. Do enter all required information completely and accurately. Registration requires uploading a résumé and headshot and payment of the $20.00 audition fee. Payment is required in advance before an audition time will be assigned.

Please contact me with any questions regarding the registration process or required information and materials (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Questions or concerns regarding payments may be directed to me or our Texoma Treasurer, Gregory Brookes (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

If you have a special request regarding audition times for you or your students, I need you to make that request to me via email by October 16thRegistration for SPA will close at 6:00 p.m. on October 16th. 

If you are associated with a summer program, there is still space in the audition room. Please contact me to be added to the SPA representatives list so that your summer program may take advantage of the opportunity to hear a wealth of talent in one location! 

Thank you!

Best regards, 

Louima Lilite, DMA/NCTM

Texoma SPA Chair

Message from the Auditions Chair

Dear Texoma Colleagues,

I hope this message finds you all well and having a wonderful start to your fall semesters.

As of today, the registration process for the Texoma NATS Conference and Auditions is now open. The conference will be held at Baylor University, in Waco, TX, November 7-10, 2018.

Registration is now open and will close on October 10, 2018 at 6 pm.

To register students for the Student Auditions, you will need to be up to date on your NATS national dues. You will access the registration process through the NATS website at www.nats.org. Login at the NATS website, click on Member Home, and then scroll down until you seen the green box “NATS Audition Registration”—and this will take you to the registration program.

Detailed instructions for accessing the registration program, navigating the program and trouble shooting this process can be found at: https://www.nats.org/_Library/NSA_Files/Accessing_the_NATS_Auditions_Registration_System_-_PDF_instructions.pdf

Before you begin to register students, you will need the following information for each student. Please be accurate with the information as it is used in the submission process as students advance towards the National rounds. You are able to save and leave the audition program if you find you need to complete it at a later time.

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Phone Number
  • Email
  • Birth Date
  • Audition Category
  • Pianist Name

At the Texoma NATS website, you will find information regarding categories, repertoire requirements, eligibility, time limits and more under the Student Auditions tab, under the Auditions button, www.texomanats.org.

A few reminders and some helpful hints regarding areas that people frequently encounter trouble with registration:

  • Ensure that your students have an art song in English. This is a requirement of all categories at the classical NSA auditions—and it must be an art song, not an aria or musical theater selection.
  • Please ensure that you have the correct number of languages represented for your students’ categories (i.e. categories 11-14 must have at least 3 languages represented).
  • Please be sure that you have your correct school listed under your judge’s profile and that this school exactly matches the spelling and capitalization of the school your student attends. It is highly likely that your college or university is already available in the drop down menu, if your school has submitted students before. Please check here first, before entering it yourself. If you are an independent teacher, please list your school/studio as “Your Last Name Voice Studio” – i.e. “Brou Voice Studio”

Some extra resources that you may find useful:

Finally, Edward Baird Singer of the Year and Summer Program Auditions will be registered through www.texomanats.org through the link for each specific program under the Auditions tab.

If you should need further assistance in regards to the upcoming conference or auditions, the following points of contact will come in useful:

For questions regarding Hall Johnson Spirituals Competition

Michael Hix (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) -- Rio Grande District Governor 

For questions regarding Summer Program Auditions

Louima Lilite (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) -- Oklahoma District Governor

For questions regarding the Conference Artist Series

Jeff Snider (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) -- North Texas District Governor 

For questions regarding EBSOTY

Randy Umstead (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) -- Texoma Region Governor

For questions regarding the Texoma website

San-ky Kim (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) -- Webmaster

For questions regarding Registration

Greg Brookes (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) -- Treasurer/Registrar

For questions regarding Repertoire/Student Auditions

Melinda Brou (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) -- Student Auditions Chair 

For questions regarding our conference venue

Deborah Williamson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) – Site coordinator

I look forward to working with each of you in the coming months and to seeing you in November.

Sincerely,

Melinda Brou

Texoma NATS Auditions Chair

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