NATS-LA Young Artist Winner Joel Balzun, baritone in recital
3:00 PM15:00

NATS-LA Young Artist Winner Joel Balzun, baritone in recital

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Joel Balzun, baritone
Kevin Garnica, pianist

General Chapter Meeting at 3pm and recital to follow

Baritone and composer Joel Balzun holds a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Jan Opalach and Benton Hess. Since graduating from Eastman, he has augmented his studies as a Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Centre and as a Young Artist with Pittsburgh Festival Opera, where he was a pupil of Jane Eaglen in the Mastersingers Project for Young Dramatic Voices.

At this recital, Mr. Balzun will be premiering a new work by pianist Kevin Garnica, O Magnet-South. This piece was a finalist in the 2018 NATS Art Song Competition.

Mr. Balzun made his solo debut at the Kennedy Centre in 2014, singing excerpts from Turandot. At Tanglewood, Mr. Balzun sang alongside Stephanie Blythe in a concert of American song, and Dawn Upshaw and Sanford Sylvan in Shostakovich's brooding Symphony No. 14. Other past appearances include the title role in Don Giovanni, the Four Villains (Les contes d'Hoffmann), Prince Yeletskiy and Count Tomskiy (Pikovaya Dama), Schaunard (La bohème), Albert (Werther), Belcore (L'elisir d'amore), Dr. Malatesta (Don Pasquale), and Valentin (Faust), among others. His acclaimed performance of Johannes-Passion with the Rochester Bach Festival was broadcast multiple times across the United States.

An avid proponent of the music of living and contemporary composers, Mr. Balzun won critical acclaim for his portrayal of the titular Joseph de Rocher in the South Florida premiere of Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking with Miami Music Festival. He worked with the composer on this work, as well as the role of Charlie in excerpts from Three Decembers. On the concert stage, he has championed rarely-performed works such as George Rochberg's String Quartet No. 7, as well as Peter Maxwell Davies' virtuosic Eight Songs for a Mad King, and numerous performances of Biola faculty member Robert Denham's Sutter Creek, among others.

Also an accomplished composer, Mr. Balzun was a multiple prize-winner in the 2017 SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers. Other accolades include winning the Dallas Wind Symphony’s annual Call for Fanfares, and both the Young Composers Prize and the Grand Prize in the National Broadcast Orchestra’s Galaxie Rising Star Composers’ Competition. His music has been performed across the Americas as well as in Asia.

Upcoming engagements include both La traviata and his role debut as "Marcello" in La bohème with Pacific Opera Project, among others. An enthusiastic teacher, Mr. Balzun currently serves on the voice faculties of Biola University and Fullerton College. For more information, visit

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Winter Symposium: Deborah Voigt - Rescheduled
9:30 AM09:30

Winter Symposium: Deborah Voigt - Rescheduled

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Masterclass with Deborah Voigt
Tribute to Jane Paul-Hummel

NATS-Los Angeles is extremely pleased to announce the clinician for our Winter Symposium. World renowned singer and recitalist, soprano Deborah Voigt, will be our guest artist on Saturday, May 12, 2018. The newly refurbished Lansing Recital Hall in the Crowell Music Building at Biola University will be the setting for the day’s activities from 9:30am-5pm.

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YAA Masterclass
3:00 PM15:00

YAA Masterclass

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A masterclass for winners of our Gwendolyn Roberts Young Artist Auditions. Master class clinician will be Ken Cazan, stage director and chair of Vocal Arts Dept, University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music.

The winners are:

1st - Joel David Balzun (self-sponsored)

2nd - Erin Alford (studies with Shigemi Matsumoto)

3rd - Alex Collado (studies with Janelle DeStefano)


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Grant Deadlines
12:00 AM00:00

Grant Deadlines

Teacher Grants

The NATS-LA Teacher Professional Development Grant was established to encourage chapter members to continue their pedagogical education or to assist them in their own specialized vocal training.

Student Grants

The purpose of the Student Summer Study Award is to encourage especially worthy students of NATS-LA Chapter members to participate in summer music programs. Awards of up to $1000 may be given to high school or college students to be applied toward tuition and/or travel costs.  All applicants must present proof of admittance to their chosen program.

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Fall Symposium: Ann Baltz
9:00 AM09:00

Fall Symposium: Ann Baltz


9 a.m. Registration, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Program
Location, TBD

ANN BALTZ is Founder and Artistic Director of OperaWorks, the nationally acclaimed performance training program, and has been recognized as one of the leading opera educators in America today.  She conducts master classes, workshops and residencies on performance trainingand improvisation at prestigious institutions nationwide.

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