Saturday, April 13, 2019
Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa

This successful event has become a wonderful opportunity for college students to perform before qualified NATS adjudicators and to meet and hear singers from other colleges and universities. It also provides NATS teachers a venue for their students to perform, and a place for camaraderie.  Here are a few important points:

  • Only matriculated college students (studying classical voice with a NATS-LA teacher who is on a college/university faculty) may participate.  

  • All teachers sending students will adjudicate, assist, or pay a fee for their replacement for that day.

  • There will be winners in all categories.  

  • Please plan to attend the teachers’ luncheon.  This informal luncheon is a great time to meet other college teachers in a congenial atmosphere. The luncheon is included in the teacher registration fee.  Unfortunately, we cannot rebate the luncheon portion of the fee for those not attending.  If you would like to host a guest at the luncheon, please indicate on your teacher registration form and include $12 per person.

Please complete the registration form and send it via email to or send it through regular mail.  You will still need to mail a check with all fees included to Susan Ali (see registration form).

If you know any members of national NATS who want to participate, they may join NATS-LA on or before March 1st and their students may participate.  Please feel free to email me with any questions at

Take note that NATS National requires we follow standardized NATS Auditions Regulations. Title of the event, age limits for categories, repertoire requirements, etc. are a part of these requirements. We are required to use standardized adjudication rules and forms.  Participants will receive more information about the adjudication process.  Pianists are not permitted to play from copies of music or from electronic devices.  They must play from the original source. You may copy and paste the link below if you wish to learn more about the NATS Auditions Regulations Document on the NATS National website:

Please look over the detailed audition regulations in this document and let us know how we can be of help as you prepare to bring your students to the auditions. 

One final item:  We are asking you to sign the registration form to indicate your understanding of all rules stated on this document, on the NATS websites, and on the NATS National Auditions Regulations document (link above).  This is asked of you in order to avoid any confusion over our following of the National Regulations as required.


Saturday, April 13, 2019 ORANGE COAST COLLEGE, Costa Mesa

8:00 AM-10:00 AM Student rehearsal with staff accompanists 

8:30 AM- 9:30 AM Teacher/Adjudicators meeting

9:30 AM- 1:00 PM Preliminary Auditions  

12:00 PM Student “Meet & Greet” with light refreshments in outdoor quad

12:00-2:00 PM            Faculty Luncheon in Conference Room.

 Preliminary audition results will be posted as soon as possible as adjudication is completed for each category.

Finalists will then practice with staff pianists.

2:30 PM Final Auditions will begin/Awards will follow  

NATS teacher/adjudicators:  Please plan on staying for the Finals as all will vote at the Final Auditions.

NATS-LA Student Auditions

Collegiate Division Regulations

1.  Collegiate Audition Coordination: The Auditions Chair coordinates physical space, logistical matters, all publicity and correspondence including registration, judging assignments, and volunteer help.  (The NATS-LA President has the authority to enforce all 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.) For NATS-LA Collegiate Auditions 2016, 2017, 2018, the Hospitality Host arranged and provided food service for the event.  This is in place for 2019 as well.

2.  EACH INDIVIDUAL NATS TEACHER BEARS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF SEEING THAT HIS/HER PARTICIPATING STUDENTS CONFORM TO THE REGULATIONS BELOW.  Regardless of teacher or student error in following regulations, NATS member teachers will yield to the rules here and on the NATS National Website (NATS Audition Regulations) if an issue concerning rules should arise.

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.

The Hall Johnson Spiritual competition takes place only on years of the NATS National Conference; therefore, there will be not Hall Johnson Spiritual category this year.

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 (23- 26) 1-4 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 (26-30) 5-10 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 

8.  Lawful Editions

Pianists may NOT elect to use photocopies. This has been changed in the New National Standards.  Please see the link for Copyright Information for NATS Student Auditions for detail concerning NATS Policy/Copyright laws. 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 Collegiate Auditions Coordinator. 

10.  Non-Refund of Fees 

In no case may registration fees of teachers or students be refunded. This is because the monetary prize amounts are determined by income from registration fees. Advance planning is necessary so that prize checks may be awarded the day of the competition. 

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

Classical Audition Terminology


An aria is a solo taken from an opera, oratorio, mass, cantata, zarzuela, operetta, or works titled “concert aria”. Oxford Online definitions will be used for the purposes of this audition. For example, Purcell’s selections from the semi-‐ operas and masques are considered songs. 

24/26/28 Italian Art Songs and Arias

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 high school and lower college classical categories. For the singers in the upper college categories and beyond, these pieces may count as an art song ONLY, regardless of origin. Any repertoire found outside of these collections will be considered only as the composer intended, as an art song OR aria. 


All repertoire, including oratorio, must be sung from memory. 

Original Languages

Selections should be sung in original language or in translation if warranted by common performance practice. 


All arias from opera, oratorio, mass, cantata, operetta, works titled “concert aria,” or music theater selections must be sung in the original or standard published key. 


The word “classical” in this context refers to art songs and arias from the “classical” genre, not limited to the “Classical” period of Mozart and Haydn. In other words, no music theater, pop, soul, jazz, rhythm and blues, etc. Published arrangements of folk songs, spirituals, and traditional hymn tunes in English are widely accepted as a part of the classical genre. Students in classical categories may present one selection of this type to fulfill the English art song requirement. 

Judicious Cuts

Piano introductions, piano interludes, piano music after the vocal solo is completed, and internal cuts of opera arias and music theater selections are allowed as in common performance practice. Cuts of verse or verses of selections are not allowed. In the case of strophic pieces, all verses should remain that are traditionally included. 

Comment Only

Any student may register to sing for comments only and participate in the preliminary audition round.