NATS Central Region 

The National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) was founded in 1944 and is now the largest association of teachers of singing in the world. The Central Region is one of fourteen regions in the country and serves members in the states of Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri.  The annual Central Region Conference and Student Auditions are held in the fall. The conference offers members and their students an opportunity to connect with colleagues across the region while attending presentations, master class, the teacher’s topical breakfast meeting, and through adjudication.  

Within the region, there are three districts and six chapters with additional chapters emerging soon.  Click on one of the following chapter links to connect with the chapter nearest to you, or click a district governor closest to you for help connecting with a chapter.

There are many events, workshops, master classes, and student auditions happening all year at the chapter level. Get connected!

NATS Mission Statement

To encourage the highest standard of the vocal art and of ethical principles in the teaching of singing; and to promote vocal education and research at all levels, both for the enrichment of the general public and for the professional advancement of the talented. 

Driven by its mission statement, NATS offers a variety of lifelong learning experiences to its members, such as workshops, intern programs, master classes, and conferences, all beginning at the chapter level and progressing to national events. Students of NATS members have access to one of the organization's most widely recognized activities: Student Auditions. They also have the opportunity, along with members, to compete at a national level through the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards (NATSAA). For information on these and other events and competitions for NATS members and their students go to Programs, Events, and Competitions. 

NATS also supports the growth and enrichment of its members through the publication of The Journal of Singing, a scholarly journal comprised of articles on all aspects of singing and the teaching of singing, written by distinguished scholars in their fields.