NATS LA President's Message
What’s in a Look?
A wise person once said that one should never have a newsletter that exceeds four pages: people just don’t read more than that.
I think that might work when one sends out a marketing newsletter – one that attracts people to a business. But we are an information newsletter which informs our own members and our professional associates and, because we have yearly activities of prodigious breadth, we need a newsletter that satisfies making them public.
In going public, quite a lot of my time in the Presidency has been filled with bringing more graphic unity in a digital form to our visual appearance so we are easier to read, more direct and possibly more polished. Our goal is to inspire and educate voice professionals with our programs linking our email blasts and newsletters with our website.
In this issue, several programs have newly created identities and make their first appearances: our rewarding Young Artist Program, the very worthy NATS-LA High School and College Summer Study Grants and the Teacher Professional Development Award, and in the newly created SongFest Professional Development Program. I hope these visual individualities can in the next years move with the program creating an ease of locating and personality for the programs.
And now, a word about the new SongFest Professional Development Program! We are delighted that Rosemary Hyler through SongFest has offered NATS-LA a tremendous opportunity in the form of a partnership to encourage an exciting new program which will be headed up by Margo Garrett, eminent pianist, coach and collaborative pianist. Two scholarships are offered to NATS-LA members for this program tailored to the needs of excellent performers who are in their first decade of teaching. In addition to high level masterclass and performance opportunities, Professional Development participants will have the opportunity to present a lecture or lecture/performance as well as attend lectures with topics tailor-made to the needs of young teachers by the faculty, and to be coached through practicum teaching sessions by Margo Garrett and other faculty such as Graham Johnson, Martin Katz, Susanne Mentzer, and Sanford Sylvan. Please look at this new program carefully, whether or not you get a scholarship, and consider attending. Remember, the expense is most likely tax deductible and a wealth of learning experience!