Welcome NATS - Ontario Chapter Vocal Showcase

Western is proud to host the National Association of Teachers of Singing - Ontario Chapter’s Vocal Showcase event this weekend (November 19-20, 2022), featuring 250+ singers from across the province in multiple age categories across numerous vocal genres.

One of the largest NATS Chapters internationally, NATS Ontario hosts annual workshops and events for voice teachers and their students. Over the course of the Showcase weekend, singers will be adjudicated by some 50 voice teachers volunteering their time as judges. 50 pianists also join us from across Ontario. Each day culminates with a public recital featuring all winners, which the public is welcome to attend.

As is often the case, there are several "purple and proud" Western connections among students, faculty, alumni and even students of students.

In all there are 40+ participating voice studios from across Ontario, with at least half having a Western connection. Notable alumni include Megan Hopkins, BMus'16, MMus'18 (Music Education) and Julie Ludwig, BMus'07, MMus'10 (Literature and Performance) and Sara Birken (BMus'22), all with students singing.

Several current Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) students are presenting in a "Research Fair" on Saturday, part of the enhanced programming available for singers and teachers alike between classes.

For complete information and schedule details for participants, visit www.natsontario.org 

Photo: Western alumni Simmie Patoka and Emma Battel, category winners, 2019 (image provided by Western faculty member and NATS Vocal Showcase Director Bethany Hörst)

Finale Concerts

Saturday, November 19 and
Sunday, November 20, 2022
4 p.m., von Kuster Hall, Music Building

Finale Concerts are free, open to the public, and feature winners from the day (Saturday – classical, Sunday – musical theatre and pop). Students sing one selection from their package and receive awards and scholarships.