NATS Ontario Vocal Showcase Handbook

(updated June 2018)

What is the NATS Ontario Vocal Showcase?

Each year, NATS chapters and regions host Student Adjudications (formerly Student Auditions), where singers perform a set of pieces and receive written feedback about their performance from three adjudicators. At these events singers meet and hear other vocalists, NATS teachers network with their colleagues, and everyone has the chance to hear a variety of repertoire. NATS Ontario hosts an annual Vocal Showcase the third weekend of each November.

At the Vocal Showcase, students sing for a panel of three adjudicators and a small audience (family and friends are encouraged to attend, free of charge). Singers who place first and second in their categories are awarded scholarships, and singers who place first in their categories perform again at the Final Concert at the culmination of the day for additional scholarships.  Saturday features the Classical Voice classes and Sunday features the Musical Theatre entrants.  Students may sing on one or both days, in one or both genres.

Who can participate?

Singers must be registered through a teacher, generally a member of NATS, although non-members may also register students.   NATS categories have traditionally been divided by age and school grade, as well as by gender.  (Transgender singers may register as the gender they identify with.)

Singers may enter both a classical class (held on Saturday) AND a musical theatre class (held on Sunday) or simply one class or the other.

GENERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS:

Please read the rules below carefully, as they pertain to all classes.  See the Categories and Repertoire Rules, Copyright, etc. below for further details regarding each category’s specific requirements.

CATEGORIES & REPERTOIRE RULES:

Singers may enter ONE classical category AND ONE musical theatre category (classes held on separate days). 

CATEGORY NAME

SCHOOL GRADE

GENDER

TIME LIMIT (min)

REPERTOIRE REQUIREMENTS

A

5-6

F

8

TWO contrasting art or folk songs:

1. One must be in English

2. Both may be in English.

B

5-6

M

8

TWO contrasting art or folk songs:

1. One must be in English

2. Both may be in English.

C

7-8

F

8

TWO contrasting art or folk songs:

1. One must be in English

2. Both may be in English.

D

7-8

M

8

TWO contrasting art or folk songs:

1. One must be in English

2. Both may be in English.

1

9-10

F

10

THREE art songs:

1. One must be in English

2. One must be in a language other than English

Note: An arranged folk song is acceptable.  All 17th and 18th century arias may be considered art song repertoire for one of the songs (ie. Scarlatti, Vivaldi, Handel).

2

9-10

M

10

THREE art songs:

1. One must be in English

2. One must be in a language other than English

Note: An arranged folk song is acceptable.  All 17th and 18th century arias may be considered art song repertoire for one of the songs (ie. Scarlatti, Vivaldi, Handel).

3

11-12

F

10

THREE art songs:

1. One must be in English

2. One must be in a language other than English

Note: An arranged folk song is acceptable.  All 17th and 18th century arias may be considered art song repertoire for one of the songs (ie. Scarlatti, Vivaldi, Handel).

4

11-12

M

10

THREE art songs:

1. One must be in English

2. One must be in a language other than English

Note: An arranged folk song is acceptable.  All 17th and 18th century arias may be considered art song repertoire for one of the songs (ie. Scarlatti, Vivaldi, Handel).

5

1st year, undergrad

F

10

THREE art songs:

1. One 20th/21st century composition

2. An operatic or oratorio aria, well-suited to the singer's ability, may be substituted for one of the songs, (but is not required)  

3. Minimum of two languages

6

1st year, undergrad

M

10

THREE art songs:

1. One 20th/21st century composition

2. An operatic or oratorio aria, well-suited to the singer's ability, may be substituted for one of the songs, (but is not required)  

3. Minimum of two languages

7

2nd year, undergrad

F

10

THREE art songs:

1. One 20th/21st century composition

2. An operatic or oratorio aria, well-suited to the singer's ability, may be substituted for one of the songs, (but is not required)  

3. Minimum of two languages

8

2nd year, undergrad

M

10

THREE art songs:

1. One 20th/21st century composition

2. An operatic or oratorio aria, well-suited to the singer's ability, may be substituted for one of the songs, (but is not required)  

3. Minimum of two languages

9

3rd year, undergrad

F

10

ONE operatic or oratorio aria AND

TWO art songs which must include:

1. One 20th/21st century art song, preferably post-1950 or in a contemporary idiom - Canadian composition strongly recommended

2. Minimum of three languages

10

3rd year, undergrad

M

10

ONE operatic or oratorio aria AND

TWO art songs which must include:

1. One 20th/21st century art song, preferably post-1950 or in a contemporary idiom - Canadian composition strongly recommended

2. Minimum of three languages

11

4th year, undergrad

F

10

ONE operatic or oratorio aria AND

TWO art songs which must include:

1. One 20th/21st century art song, preferably post-1950 or in a contemporary idiom - Canadian composition strongly recommended

2. Minimum of three languages

12

4th year, undergrad

M

10

ONE operatic or oratorio aria AND

TWO art songs which must include:

1. One 20th/21st century art song, preferably post-1950 or in a contemporary idiom - Canadian composition strongly recommended

2. Minimum of three languages

13

GRAD/Pre- Professional

F

12

ONE operatic aria, ONE oratorio aria, AND TWO art songs:

1. Minimum of four languages

2. One art song must be post-1960 Canadian composition

14

GRAD/Pre-

Professional

M

12

ONE operatic aria, ONE oratorio aria, AND TWO art songs:

1. Minimum of four languages

2. One art song must be post-1960 Canadian composition

15

Adult Beginner

(under 30)

F/M

10

THREE contrasting songs:

1. Repertoire selections may be art or folk song

2. One selection may be operatic or oratorio aria (including G & S)

3. One selection must be in English (or all may be in English)

16

Adult

Advanced

(under 30)

F/M

10

THREE contrasting songs:

1. Repertoire selections may be art or folk song

2. One selection may be operatic or oratorio aria (including G and S)

3. Minimum of two languages and one  selection must be in English

17

Adult

Beginner

(30+)

F/M

10

THREE contrasting songs:

1. Repertoire selections may be art or folk song

2. One selection may be operatic or oratorio aria (including G & S)

3. One selection must be in English (or all may be in English)

18

Adult

Advanced

(30+)

F/M

10

THREE contrasting songs:

1. Repertoire selections may be art or folk song

2. One selection may be operatic or oratorio aria (including G and S)

3. Minimum of two languages and one  selection must be in English

MT-A

5-6

F

8

TWO contrasting songs:

1. One up tempo and one ballad

2. Selections may be from broadway or cabaret repertoire

MT-B

5-6

M

8

TWO contrasting songs:

1. One up tempo and one ballad

2. Selections may be from broadway or cabaret repertoire

MT-C

7-8

F

8

TWO contrasting songs:

1. One up tempo and one ballad

2. Selections may be from broadway or cabaret repertoire

MT-D

7-8

M

8

TWO contrasting songs:

1. One up tempo and one ballad

2. Selections may be from broadway or cabaret repertoire

MT-1

9-10

F

10

THREE  contrasting songs:

1. One up tempo, one ballad, one own choice

2. Selections may be from broadway or cabaret repertoire

3. G&S is acceptable

MT-2

9-10

M

10

THREE  contrasting songs:

1. One up tempo, one ballad, one own choice

2. Selections may be from broadway or cabaret repertoire

3. G&S is acceptable

MT-3

11-12

F

10

THREE  contrasting songs:

1. One up tempo, one ballad, one own choice

2. Selections may be from broadway or cabaret repertoire

3. G&S is acceptable

MT-4

11-12

M

10

THREE  contrasting songs:

1. One up tempo, one ballad, one own choice

2. Selections may be from broadway or cabaret repertoire

3. G&S is acceptable

MT-5

1st & 2nd year undergrad

F

12

THREE  contrasting songs:

1. One up tempo, one ballad, one own choice

2. Selections may be from broadway or cabaret repertoire

3. G&S is acceptable

MT-6

1st & 2nd year undergrad

M

12

THREE  contrasting songs:

1. One up tempo, one ballad, one own choice

2. Selections may be from broadway or cabaret repertoire

3. G&S is acceptable

MT-9

3rd & 4th year undergrad

F

12

THREE  contrasting songs:

1. One up tempo, one ballad, one own choice

2. Selections may be from broadway or cabaret repertoire

3. G&S is acceptable

MT-10

3rd & 4th year undergrad

M

12

THREE  contrasting songs:

1. One up tempo, one ballad, one own choice

2. Selections may be from broadway or cabaret repertoire

3. G&S is acceptable

MT-AB

Adult

Beginner

F/M

12

THREE  contrasting songs:

1. One up tempo, one ballad, one own choice

2. Selections may be from broadway or cabaret repertoire

3. G&S is acceptable

MT-AA

Adult

Advanced

F/M

12

THREE  contrasting songs:

1. One up tempo, one ballad, one own choice

2. Selections may be from broadway or cabaret repertoire

3. G&S is acceptable

COPYRIGHT:

ONE legal copy of each piece must be present and visible in the performance room (ie placed on the piano). Pianists may play from the legal copy (AKA original score) or from a photocopy, provided the legal copy is present for inspection. Repertoire from the public domain may be played from copies obtained from IMSLP. Repertoire from musicnotes.com and/or other sheet music websites require a proof of purchase receipt. Adjudicators do NOT require copies of repertoire, but may request to inspect legal copies. Students who do not bring a legal copy will NOT be eligible for placement or scholarships, but will receive comments.

NOTE: NATS Auditions (such as Regional or National level) have differing copyright policies.

FAQs:

How do I register?

NATS Ontario Members must register their students via www.auditionware.com  using the email account that is on file with NATS Ontario Chapter to login.  You must use an email other than the account currently associated with www.nats.org.  Follow prompts to register for the Vocal Showcase.  All previous student data should be saved under your account.  Do NOT pay fees until completely finished ALL entrants, as this completes and closes your registration.

How much does it cost to register a student?

Junior (Grades 5-8) = $20 (2 songs)

Intermediate (Grades 9-12+) = $25 (3 songs)

Senior (University, pre-professionals, adult students) = $30 (3-4 songs)

What is the fee for NATS Ontario Members who send students to the Vocal Showcase but who are unable to adjudicate?

If a member is unable to attend the Vocal Showcase as an Adjudicator but is sending students there is a Non-Participation Fee as follows: 1-5 students = $50 6-10 students = $75 11-15 students = $100 16-20 students = $125.  This should be paid at time of registration, but directly to our treasurer.  

Teachers may be excused from these fees if they replace themselves for the day of adjudicating with a colleague. Teachers working as replacement adjudicators need not be NATS members. Teachers who are unable to adjudicate must email the coordinator no later than the registration deadline and must a) pay the fee or b) find a replacement adjudicator.  Withdrawal after the registration deadline requires that the teacher find a suitable replacement and inform the coordinator.  Replacement adjudicators should have substantial teaching experience in classical and/or musical theatre and be a suitable replacement for that judge’s skill level.

How should the registration fee be paid?

Applications are online at www.auditionware.com 

ONLY once your application for ALL students is complete, click “PAY FEES” to be redirected to the payment site through Paypal.

Scholarships and other donations can be paid via Paypal on the natsontario.org site or sent by cheque made out to NATS Ontario” via our treasurer:

NATS Ontario Vocal Showcase

C/O Lisa Brillon, Treasurer

PO Box 83 Queenston, ON L0S 1L0

Can students access the registration page and register themselves?

The registration page is a Members Only page. Each teacher must input personal information (address/phone #/email) for each of their students in their Member Profile. If a student is given access to their Teacher’s Member Profile, they will also be able to access all other students applications and personal information. The program is set up as a site for Teachers ONLY to use. Allowing students to use this site is a violation of Privacy Laws, and is discouraged.

Do students need an accompanist?

Yes. Each student is required to bring their own accompanist, or pay a $60 fee to use one of the Official Accompanists provided by NATS Ontario. An Official Accompanist (OA) will be chosen for each student - no requests for specific accompanists.  You must indicate that you require an OA and pay the fee with the original registration.  The $60 fee includes a 20 minute scheduled rehearsal time on the day of the Vocal Showcase.  A rehearsal schedule will be sent via email including the contact information of the OA several weeks in advance.  OA’s may request to have copies emailed or mailed to them in advance, should that be deemed necessary.

Accompanists may play for a maximum of seven singers per day.  Teachers may NOT accompany their own students.  

When is the deadline for registration?

Friday October 12th, 2018

Are original scores required? How many?

Yes. One original score must be present, and visible for each piece presented. (See: Copyright, above)

What is the schedule overview for the day?

8:30 am Registration opens

9:00 am Official Accompanist 20 min rehearsals begin

9:30 am NATS Meeting

10:15 am Mandatory judges meeting

11:00 am Classes begin

4:00 pm Approximate ending of all classes

 5:00 pm Approximate time of the Final Concert

Where will the Vocal Showcase be held in November 2018?

Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo

May singers rehearse with their accompanist?

All available practise rooms may be used by NATS singers. No practise rooms will be designated for a specific singer or accompanist (except Official Accompanists).

Singers who choose to use an Official Accompanist will be given a 20 minute rehearsal time, most likely in the morning, on the day of the Vocal Showcase.

Are there practise rooms?

Yes. Signage will indicate where practice rooms are and how to access them on the day of the Showcase.  Singers should take no more than 15 minutes in these rooms as a courtesy.  

Can I watch my entire class?  And, what should students do when they are finished singing?

Students are free to watch other classes and/or visit the Recruitment and Vendors Fair.  Students (and parents and guests) are encouraged to attend the totality of their class or other classes as they wish.  Please only enter or exit between singers.  Schedules of each class are posted outside rooms in use.  

How will students get their adjudications?

When all participants have sung in a class, Adjudicators take their adjudication forms to the Tabulation Room. After processing, the adjudications will be available on a table close to the Registration Desk. This process may take up to one hour following the final performance in the class. Students are responsible to pick up their adjudications before leaving for the day.

When will students know if they are singing in the Final Concert?

The names of students who place first and second in each category will be posted on the Winners Board in the foyer of the Music Building approximately one hour following the performance of the final singer in the class.

While only 1st Place Winners sing in the Final Concert, 2nd Place Winners should attend the Final Concert to collect their scholarships. Students invited to sing in the Final Concert are responsible to ensure that their accompanist is available to play in the Final Concert. Students using an Official Accompanist must pay an additional fee of $25 for the Final Concert performance.

What is appropriate attire?

Appropriate audition attire is encouraged.

How will students get their scholarship money?

Winning students should attend the Final Concert to receive their scholarship.  1st and 2nd place students will sign for and receive their  *cash* scholarships about 45 minutes before the concert begins, (see registration desk for more details.)  Signs on the Results Board will also direct you.  Teachers may also sign for their students if necessary.

Who should students thank for their scholarship money?

Winning students should write thank you notes or emails to the scholarship provider.  NATS Ontario will provide this information in the congratulatory letters accompanying scholarships.

Who can progress to Regional Auditions?

Any student of a NATS teacher may attend the Regional Auditions if their teacher is also attending. Winning the NATS Ontario Vocal Showcase is not a requirement.