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13 Annual NATS-LA STUDENT AUDITIONS: COLLEGIATE DIVISION
March 31, 2018
Orange COast College

NATS-LA Student Auditions
Collegiate Division Regulations

Registration Info Coming Soon.

1. There are two functional leaders at the Collegiate Auditions. The Site Host is the person who arranges for physical space, logistical matters and food service. The Auditions Chair coordinates all publicity and correspondence, including registration, judging assignments and volunteer help. (The NATS-LA President has the authority to enforce all the regulations governing the auditions, to see that scores are tabulated accurately and to resolve any problems arising from infringements of length of study and repertoire requirements.)


2. EACH INDIVIDUAL NATS TEACHER BEARS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF SEEING THAT HIS/HER
PARTICIPATING STUDENTS CONFORM TO THE REGULATIONS BELOW.


3. Divisions
All students participating must have voice as their major concentration at a community college, college, or university program. It is ultimately at the discretion of the individual teacher into which division a student is placed. Please make your decision carefully. Contact the Chair if you have questions. Please note the age limitations have changed due to the
standardized regulations. Please contact me if your student does not fit one of these categories. They have granted us some options here.


Division Length of Study
Freshmen Women (up to age 20) 1-2 college semesters
Freshmen Men (up to age 20) 1-2 college semesters
Sophomore Women (up to age 22) 3-4 college semesters
Sophomore Men (up to age 22) 3-4 college semesters

SUPER SOPHOMORES~REINSTATED! (23- 26) 3-4 college semesters
Junior Women (up to age 23) 5-6 college semesters
Junior Men (up to age 23) 5-6 college semesters
Senior Women (up to age 25) 7, 8, 9 or 10 college semesters (undergraduate)
Senior Men (up to age 25) 7, 8, 9 or 10 college semesters (undergraduate)
SUPER SENIORS~REINSTATED! (26-30) 7, 8, 9 or 10 college semesters (undergraduate)
Advanced College (22-30) Students registered for voice at the graduate level

4. Repertoire
Under-Class Divisions: 7 minutes (Freshmen, Sophomores)
Three contrasting selections from classical repertoire:
1. One aria or art song
2. One art song in English
3. One foreign language art song
(The repertoire found in the 24/26/28 Italian Art Songs and Arias collections may be counted as an aria or an art song in
the Under-Class Division categories.)

Upper-Class Divisions: 9 minutes (Juniors, Seniors)
Four contrasting selections from classical repertoire:
1. One aria
2. One art song in English
3. One foreign language art song
4. One additional selection
At least three languages must be represented.
(In the Upper-Class Division category, the repertoire found in the 24/26/28 Italian Art Songs and Arias collections may
only be counted as an art song regardless of origin. Any repertoire found outside of these collections will be considered
only as the composer intended, as an art song OR aria.)

Graduate Divisions: 10 minutes
Five contrasting selections from classical repertoire:
1. One operatic aria
2. One oratorio/cantata aria
3. One foreign language art song
4. One art song in English
5. One additional selection from the classical repertoire
At least three languages must be represented. (In the Graduate Division, the repertoire found in the 24/26/28 Italian Art Songs and Arias collections may only be counted as an art song regardless of origin. Any repertoire found outside of these collections will be considered only as the composer intended, as an art song OR aria.)


6. Time Limits
A. Preliminary rounds: Under-Class divisions: 7 minutes; Upper-Class divisions: 9 minutes; Graduate: 10 minutes.
B. Final Round: Each student will sing one song of his/her choice in its entirety. Time limit is 5 minutes, so repertoire
chosen should take into consideration such constraints. Cuts are not permitted per the new regulations.


7. Selection of Finalists
A. During the preliminary round, adjudicators will write constructive comments and a score between 70 and 100 on their scoring sheets. In Preliminary Rounds where there are fewer than six participants, the number of finalists chosen will be as follows:

1-3 preliminary participants = 1 finalist
4-5 preliminary participants = 2 finalists
6 or more participants = 3 finalists


B. Only students who have received 2 scores of 90 or above or an average score of 90 or above in the preliminary round will enter the final round. There will be no consultation between judges. Three students with the highest averaged score will advance to the final round.


8. Lawful Editions
Pianists may elect to use photocopies only if the lawful edition is AT HAND at the piano. In other cases, permission must be granted in advance of the auditions from the Site Host or NATS-LA President. This has been changed in the New National Standards. Please see the link for Copyright Information for NATS Student
Auditions for detail on the information that was sent to me by the NATS National Student Auditions
Coordinator. Pianists are to use original music only, with no copied pages to facilitate page turns. No e-devices are permitted (scanned-in copies).


9. Contestant Numeric Identification
Contestants will be known only by a number assigned to them by the Site Host. No name should be written on the
adjudication sheets. Public postings/mailings should be by contestant number only. A master list including contestant
numbers and names must be retained by the Site Host.


10. Non-Refund of Fees
In no case may registration fees of teachers or students be refunded. This is because the amounts of prize money are
determined by income from registration fees, and advance planning is necessary so that prize checks may be awarded the
day of the competition.


11. Registration

It is helpful when you fill out the registration form that each division is grouped together (i.e., put all Seniors Women together, all Junior Men together, etc.) Please double check that you have the correct divisions for your students. It is impossible to make changes after you have sent in your application. If you are sending students from more than one college, please use separate application forms.

 

COPYRIGHT INFORMATION:

Click HERE to download Copyright Information:

Detail Concerning Legal Copies from the NATS National Student Auditions Coordinator


• No Scanned Copies played from E-Devices:
“Presently, there is no way to verify(or tell the difference) between a purchased copy and a photocopy on an electronic device. Therefore we cannot sanction their usage at NATS events. We are continuing to research the usage of tablets, etc. and we will add information to the policy on copyright laws.”


• Pianists must play from the original music. No copies are permitted for page turns. NATS Policy on Copyright Laws
Click on this link to review the policy: https://www.nats.org/copyright_info.html Resolution of a Copyright or Repertoire Violation: If legal photocopies or unbound music are being used by the
collaborative pianist it is suggested that the singer address the adjudicators upon entering the room and provide proper copyright approval prior to their performance in the form of a CD Sheet music approval form or other accepted documentation (e.g., publisher approval letter, public domain notice) prior to announcing their first selection. If the student DOES NOT provide the proper documentation an adjudicator has the right and responsibility, at the conclusion of the audition, to request the student to provide such if they notice that copies or unbound music are used and the following list of steps should be taken. These steps also apply to potential repertoire discrepancies.


· Adjudicators should not disrupt the audition process to question the student.


· Nothing should be written on a comment sheet by adjudicators regarding any suspected violation. Please write a note on a separate sheet of paper.


· Write comments and score the student as if there were no violation.


· Rank or score the student as if there were no violation.


· When the auditions are completed, all adjudicators should consult the Auditions Chair and discuss the potential violation.


· The Auditions Chair may need to research the issue or consult others before making a final ruling.


· If it is determined that a violation exists, the Auditions Chair makes every effort to discuss the violation with the
student’s teacher prior to notifying the student. This is to be done by the Auditions Chair and not the adjudicators.


· The singer is disqualified if, in fact, a violation has occurred.


Copyright Compliance


Please note: Primary responsibility for following the policies below rests with the SINGER and their teacher. Violation of the copyright rule will result in disqualification and/or the rescinding of awards. The National Association of Teachers of Singing endorses a strict policy regarding copyright laws. The use of photocopied music is prohibited at all NATS sponsored events, from the national to the chapter level. Photocopies to facilitate page turns are not permitted. The Los Angeles Chapter of NATS adheres to these copyright policies. Link to
NSA Copyright Policy. The use of tablet computers by singers or accompanists is prohibited at the
Auditions. Musical scores scanned into these devices are considered photocopies - therefore not permitted. Exceptions to
the photocopy rule (see documentation requirements below):
Music which is Out of Print
Music purchased in CD format - e.g. CD Sheet Music
Unpublished Music still in manuscript
Music purchased from an Online Vendor (Musicnotes, SheetMusicPlus, etc)
Music downloaded from Public Domain websites (IMSLP)
For these, PLEASE READ AND FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS BELOW. For music which falls into the "exceptions"
list: singers must present the: ONLINE, CD, OUT-OF-PRINT FORM, (click to download) to the Room Monitor and to
the adjudicators if asked. In addition:
* Music that is out of print: present written permission from the publisher "for use by (performer name) at the 2017 Los Angeles
Chapter NATS Audition. "
* Music purchased and printed from a CD: present the CD from which the music has been printed with proof of ownership by
student, teacher, or institution. (e.g. labelled with name of owner)
* Unpublished/Manuscript: present written permission from the composer "for use by (performer name) at the 2017 Los Angeles
Chapter NATS Audition. "
* Sheet music purchased from an Online Vendor: present proof of purchase (receipt): student name, parent/guardian name, or
teacher's name must appear on the copy.
* Music available from Public Domain websites (e.g. IMSLP) NOTE: Performers should take particular care when accessing these
sites as some (like IMSLP) do not guarantee that all works are in the public domain: present the FORM above.