North Central NATS
Minnesota North Dakota South Dakota Wisconsin
Association of Teachers
of Singing, Inc. (NATS)
was founded in 1944 and is now the largest association of teachers of singing in the world -- over 7000 members in the United States, Canada and over 30 countries. (Read more about the history of NATS) Our membership consists of teachers of singing who hold positions at colleges and universities, maintain private studios as Independent Teachers, collaborative pianists, and voice scientists. Fourteen regions are organized in the United States and Canada, and the North Central Region has chapters in five states/provinces: Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. For chapter officers and links to chapter websites, click on the "North Central Region Officers" tab above.
NEW NORTH CENTRAL
REGIONAL GOVERNOR --
Susan Bender is about to begin her 18th year as Professor of Music, Artist/Teacher of Voice at the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point. She has served as the District Governor for the State of Wisconsin for 4 years, and has been an active member of Wisconsin NATS for 17 years and has been a member of NATS since 1993. Her students have won numerous NATS awards and have gone on to study and work at universities across the country.
A Metropolitan Opera National Council Winner in 1986, Susan debuted that same year with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. From 1985-1989, she was a member of the United States Navy Band Sea Chanter Chorus in Washington, D.C., and toured with their premiere wind ensemble. She has appeared as a featured soloist orchestras in the US and Europe, sung on the opera and oratorio, and musical theater stage, and in recital in Wisconsin and elsewhere.
To read a welcome message from Susan, click HERE.
Looking for NATIONAL STUDENT AUDITION RESULTS? You'll find them HERE
The 2020 National Conference is over, but if you attended, you can view sessions and other materials in the NATS LIVE LEARNING CENTER
NATS is fortunate to have incredible leadership - especially in this time of crisis. Thanks to Executive Director Allen Henderson, NATS President Karen Brunssen,
and Competition and Auditions Coordinator Mark McQuade. Just click on their name to send a quick THANK YOU
for all they are doing!
Teaching in the Time of Corona Virus
YOUR Professional Association is responding to the needs of its members during the Pandemic.
Visit the NATS COVID RESOURCES PAGE for complete information.
North Central welcomes the following members to NATS
and our region!
(as of May, 2020)
Amanda Handley (WI)
Alyssa Schwitzer (MN)
Kayleigh Butcher (MN)
John Holiday (WI)
Carrie Shaw (MN)
Congratulations to WI Chapter member - Heidi Wylie, recipient of a 2020 NATS Emerging Leader award! Heidi lives and works in Milwaukee, WI.