With our auditions this fall being fully online, I wanted to address some FAQ's that may help us all prepare for our upcoming November 4th deadline: 1. New CCM categories: We have three-- High School, Collegiate and adult. Children can sing in any style, so no need for a separate category there 2. Judging Preferences: Please update your judging preferences in the system. Since we don't have to deal with room logistics we have a wonderful opportunity to align your assigned categories with your expertise! 3. Time limits: they still apply-- if a category has a 10 minute limit, we will listen to the songs in the order they are listed, and will stop after 10 minutes. Cuts are allowed in piano introductions, interludes and playouts. 4. Registration/Payment: At the state level, this is handled by teachers-only! no students may register themselves 5. Residence requirements: Many of us are teaching via zoom which means greater geographical flexibility. Students are entered based on the TEACHER'S place of residence. So if you have a student in New York, they may still enter our Michigan auditions 6. Legality of use of student pics/videos: There is a box in the registration process which indicates that NATS has the student's (or guardian's) permission to use their image/video in promotional material. PLEASE discuss this with your student's before checking the box. By leaving it un-checked then NATS would have to contact the student directly prior to using their videos. Leaving the box un-checked will not stall registration or affect the student's participation in any way. Hope these help to address some common questions. Be on the lookout for an email inviting you to a Zoom meeting for all adjudicators. If you are unable to attend in person I will record the session. This will take the place of our typical day-of morning meeting. Please be in touch, as always, with questions or concerns! Thanks, Alta
Your NATS Michigan Board is thrilled to announce that this year's Fall Student Auditions are moving forward as a fully online event. This is a fantastic opportunity for all of us and our students to showcase the work we've done in our new teaching & learning environments. We have worked to make the categories as diverse and inclusive as possible. After the successful addition of Youth and Adult Categories last year, we have now added two more new categories for CCM (Contemporary Commercial Music) singers! This year we will also invite students to enter in more than one category, and have lowered the fee structure both for teachers, and for students entering multiple categories. Online auditions will be conducted just like live auditions, judging assignments will be made accessible on the AuditionWare site. Judges will review, critique, score and complete comment sheets for each singer in their assigned category. These will be submitted through the AuditionWare site.