The purpose of the Young Artist Auditions of the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS-LA), Gwendolyn Roberts Young Artists Auditions, is to select those singers whose artistry and ability indicate that they are ready for a professional career.  The winner will demonstrate exceptional artistry and ability which include differentiation of musical style and languages, vocal and physical expressivity that sets them apart from their peers.


First: $1,500 Scholarship Award: Certificate of Award; and a “Young Artist of the Year” public showcase recital sponsored by NATS-LA Chapter.

Second: $500 Scholarship Award; Certificate of Award.

Third: $300 Scholarship Award; Certificate of Award.

In addition to the above, all award winners will participate in a masterclass with Nino Sanikidze of Los Angeles Opera. This masterclass will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at Biola University Conservatory of Music at 3PM-5PM. A pianist will be provided for the masterclass only.


  1. Singers who are masters and/or post-graduate students prepared to enter the professional world of singing. (Teachers making this determination are acting in good faith that the singer is capable of presenting a full art song recital.  Often the winners go on to compete in the NATSAA and Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.)

  2. The age limit is 22-35.  Singers must be no younger than 22 nor older than 35 on the audition date.

  3. Singers must be studying with a member in good standing of the NATS-LA Chapter for not less than eight months preceding the recital.

  4. Singers must be a resident of the area covered by the NATS-LA Chapter.

  5. The singer must provide his/her own accompanist at his/her own expense.


Time and Location: Saturday, April 6, 2019

Biola University Conservatory of Music (Crowell Music Building)

13800 Biola Avenue

La Mirada, CA 90639


How to Apply:

  1. Complete application using the button directly above. 

  2. The application must be postmarked or e-mailed by Saturday, March 30, 2019.

  3. In addition to the completed application form, applicants must enclose the following:*

    1. A non-refundable fee of $30.00 made payable to: NATS-LA

    2. Five (5) typewritten copies of your recital program proposal, clearly specifying which songs have been selected for audition purposes. Please include the composer and time duration of each piece. The contestant’s name must not appear on the program.

* Please see “Program Requirements” below.  Failure to include the correct information may disqualify you from these Auditions.

Adjudication: (please read the following carefully)

  1. Three to five judges of the highest caliber will be provided.  Written comments will be mailed to the teacher.

  2. Judges may not have students competing in the audition.

  3. Contestants will open with a song of their own choice not to exceed five minutes in length. Judges will request further selections. Total singing time will not be longer than 15 minutes

  4. Contestants will be known by a designated number or letter.  Teachers may not be accompanists for their own students.

  5. Winners will be announced at the conclusion of the auditions.  All awards will be presented at the masterclass.

  6. It is the judges’ prerogative to determine which awards will be given.  If singers are not deemed accomplished enough, the award(s) may not be granted.  All decisions of the judges are final.

  7. 2nd & 3rd Place awards will be presented at the Winners’ Master Class and the 1st Place award will be presented at the Winner’s Recital in September.

YAA Repertoire/Program Requirements

  1. Contestant shall submit a recital program proposal of 50-60 minutes of music.

  2. Contestant shall select 30 minutes of music from the above recital program proposal, at least one song from each category to be offered at the audition.  The selected songs to be used for the audition should be clearly marked on the recital program proposal.  

  3. Contestant must be prepared to sing their chosen songs from memory.

  4. Contestant should retain a copy of recital program proposal and selected audition songs. 

  5. If a contestant is a repeat applicant, at least 25 minutes of new repertoire must be included on the recital program proposal.

At least two to five (2-5) songs from each of the following categories are required:

  1. Baroque and Classical Airs (at least one in Italian):  Bach, Byrd, Cavalli, Cesti, Dowland, Gluck, Handel, Haydn, Lully, Monteverdi, Mozart, Paisiello, Pergolesi, Purcell, Rameau, Scarlatti, etc.

  2. Lieder (in German): Beethoven, Berg, Brahms, Cornelius, Hindemith, Loewe, Mahler, Schönberg, Schubert, Schumann, Strauss, Webern, Wolf, etc.

  3. French or other National Art Songs:  Bartok, Bizet, Caplet, Chabrier, Chausson, Chopin, Dallapiccola, Debussy, Duparc, Dvorak, Falla, Fauré, Ginastera, Gounod, Granados, Gretchaninoff, Hahn, Honegger, Malipiero, Martin, Messiaen, Milhaud, Mompou, Mussorgsky, Petrassi, Poulenc, Prokofiev, Respighi, Ravel, Rachminonff, Rousse, Satie, Szymanowski, Tchaikowsky, Turina, Villa-Lobos, etc.

  4. English and American Art Songs: (at least one American song required) Barber, Britten, Carter, Cipullo, Copland, Diamond, Heggie, Holst, Ives, Larsen, Laitman, Musto, Pasatieri, Rorem, Thomson, Tippett, etc.

In addition to the above song literature, contestants may include one opera aria outside of the Baroque/Classical category. 


Accompanists may use photo copies of music, but the lawful editions (hard copy) of each song must be AT HAND at the piano. Music may also be lawfully purchased online, but it must have singer’s name showing ownership on the cover/certificate page or at the bottom of the page showing legal purchase. Please contact the YAA Chair if you have questions.

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