The teachers of the Texoma Region of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) are excited to introduce a new program to serve our area. The Texoma NATS High School Vocal Music Fellowship is designed to provide opportunity for student singers who meet all three of the following criteria:
- Are high school juniors who possess a long-term goal to intensively study singing (such as majoring in vocal music in college),
- Who would not otherwise have the financial means to take private voice lessons,
- Live in the states of New Mexico, Oklahoma, or Texas.
When awarded a fellowship, singers receive individual lessons with a professional voice teacher who is a member of NATS, at no charge. Singers may also receive assistance with: music scores and materials necessary for study, recorded accompaniment tracks, and NATS National Student Audition fees.
An initial term of 15 lessons of study will be awarded to fellows. Up to two more 15 lesson terms of study (to be completed during the junior and senior year) may be awarded, contingent on satisfactory progress as reported by the teacher. Students may also request assistance in preparation for the college application process and with application fees if they choose to continue their studies in music, dependent on the availability of funding.
The top half of the application (first 20 questions) is to be completed by the student. The bottom half (final 12 questions) is to be completed by the student’s parent/guardian.
Please review the entire application before beginning to fill it out so that you know what answers you will need in order to complete it. An incomplete application will not be considered.
In addition to this application, a recommendation by a music professional (a high school, middle school, or church choir director, for example) who knows the student singers abilities must be submitted. Please confirm with the reference that they will be willing to submit a recommendation for you, before submitting their name on this application. The recommendation form can be found here: https://forms.gle/729S5jFAUGz7fEdH7
It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that a recommendation letter has been submitted in support of their application. An application without a corresponding recommendation letter will be considered incomplete and will not be considered.
The deadline for applications and recommendations to be submitted is Saturday, October 1 at 11:59 pm Central Time.
If you have any questions, please contact Melinda Brou, Texoma NATS Governor at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to donate to support these young, aspiring artists, please use the following link: https://bit.ly/3LR3oIz
- $50 provides one voice lesson
- $100 provides musical scores for study
- $125 provides a year of online accompaniment access
- $200 provides a month of lessons
- $2,500 supports a student for their entire fellowship, through their college