Academic journal article Journal of Singing

We Are Stronger Together

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

We Are Stronger Together

Article excerpt

AS I MENTIONED IN THE LAST COLUMN, my involvement with NATS began as an undergraduate student going to annual chapter and regional auditions (where I typically came in second-always a groomsman, never a groom). While I didn't understand much about the Association at the time, what I was able to perceive was that there was a larger community beyond my studio and university. And even though I might have noticed some rolling eyes and heated interchanges between my teacher and NATS colleagues, it was clear that there was more to be gained by going to these events than by staying home. We were "stronger together," so my teacher would register us and off we'd go.

It is very much like this today when I bring my own students to NATS events. Of course, it would be simpler not to spend the time and energy going to these events, and it would be more lucrative to stay home and teach. But reconnecting and networking with colleagues, being buoyed and challenged by written feedback, learning from presentations, hearing wonderful singing, becoming acquainted with new repertoire, seeing the growth in students- these are among the important reasons we go.

This doesn't mean that we all get along all of the time. In fact, I have heard that some members no longer participate in certain NATS activities because of difficult personalities or long-standing philosophic roadblocks. …

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