National Association of Teachers of Singing announces its 2012 Intern Program, an exciting and innovative venture that seeks to pair experienced and recognized master teachers of voice with talented young members of NATS. Within a format designed to promote the dynamic exchange of ideas and techniques, the goal is to substantially improve the studio teaching skills of these promising young teachers.
Dr. Holly Wrensch said of her participation as an intern in 2011, “The NATS Intern Program is, without a doubt, the most beneficial post-graduate training a young voice teacher could receive. The training was intensive and concentrated and each day left us feeling saturated with excellent information.”
Applications for the 2012 Intern Program will be taken until December 15, 2011 and those selected will attend a ten-day intensive continuing education program at Colorado State University – Fort Collins in June 2012. Special lectures and demonstrations will be presented by master teachers, special guests, and NATS’ vocal literature liaison, Cynthia Vaughn.
Of her experience in the 2011 Intern Program, Jennifer Farrell expressed, “I am very pleased to say that my experience attending the NATS Intern program was tremendously fulfilling. At the same time that I was challenged to stretch myself as a voice teacher, singer, and academic, I felt affirmed in my particular strengths as a vocal pedagogue and performer.”
Each intern will teach four lessons to two students (preferably one male and one female) and perform in a master class under the supervision of a master teacher. This year’s master teachers are George Shirley (University of Michigan), Donald Simonson (Iowa State University), Lisa Popeil (Voiceworks® Independent Studio), and Julia Faulkner (University of Wisconsin-Madison). Interns will be assigned to work with the master teacher in the area of the interns’ area of specialization.
Jared Schwartz, a 2011 Intern, said, “The NATS Intern program was the ideal learning environment in which to grow. Working alongside a group of brilliant peers while interacting with generous master teachers created an education of intense, dynamic and insightful proportions.”
While applications will be accepted from all active NATS members at http://intern.nats.org, independent studio teachers are strongly urged to apply. Questions about the Program can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interns will be responsible for their travel expenses, although they may request financial assistance from their NATS chapters or regions as well as from their institutions of employment. NATS, Inc. and the NATS Foundation provide tuition, housing, and meals.