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Update:  10 October 2017

Welcome to La Musica Lirica, which will participate in the first annual Summer Program Auditions at the Conference.

Summer Program Auditions now have two options for the Repertoire Requirement:

Option A: One aria and two art songs   OR      Option B: Two arias and one art song

Update: 7 October 2017

Congratulations to 47-year NATS member Maria Lagios, the 2017 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Update:  30 September 2017

Two additional programs will be represented at the Summer Program Auditions.   

Update:  26 September 2017

The Audition & Registrations page has been updated to reflect addition of four new categories for Adults - Music Theater & Classical.  Additionally, high school categories may be divided into upper & lower categories, depending on registration.

The Summer Program Auditions page has been updated to reflect the link for registration: and the due date of October 20.

Update:  18 September 2017

Conference registration opens today, with a goal time of 5 pm.

Update:  7 September 2017

Registration packets were mailed to teachers in the region on September 6.

Conference and Audition Registration OPENS Monday, September 18, and CLOSES Monday, October 16.  


Update:  August 31, 2017

Three hotels are holding a limited number of rooms at a special NATS rate until October 1.

Hampton Inn - NATS Rate:  $109

815.748.4323 - 663 S. Annie Glidden Road, DeKalb, IL 60115


Red Roof Inn & Suites (3 blocks from Music Building) - NATS Rate:  $69.99

815.758.8661 - 1212 West Lincoln Highway, DeKalb, IL 60115


University Inn Holmes Student Union (on campus) - NATS Rate:  $79.00 plus tax

815.753.6389 - 340 Carroll Ave., DeKalb, IL 60115


Update:  August 17, 2017

2017 Central Region NATS Presentations

“A sound investment: Using instrumental models to illustrate vocal physiology” - Julia Bentley

“Staying on Track: Vocal Points Tracker, a Voice Budgeting Tool” - Theresa Brancaccio

“24 Italian Songs for the 21st Century: New Editions of Previously Unknown Works” - Dr. William Hudson

“’New’ Rossini Songs & Ensembles: A Sneak Peek at the Forthcoming Critical Edition” - Elizabeth Parker with the Fourth Coast Ensemble

“The mélodies of Cécile Chaminade: Hidden Treasures for Vocal Performance and Pedagogy” - Dr. Robin Smith

“Crossing the Genres: A Classical Singer’s Guide to Jazz” - Sarah Wigley Johnson

Update:  August 10, 2017

The conference registration fee has been established at $40.  Additional registration details will be available in September.

The conference includes Regional qualifying rounds for the National Student Auditions, the Regional NATSAA competition, student poster sessions, a topical breakfast for teachers, and presentations by six teachers within the region.