What is NATS?

Who We Are

The National Association of Teachers of Singing is dedicated to encouraging the highest standards of singing through excellence in teaching and the promotion of vocal education and research.

We meet for mutual education and the sharing of ideas, information, concepts and techniques. Competitions, master classes and workshops provide performing opportunities and learning experiences for our students.

With over 5,000 members in the United States, Canada and more than 25 other countries, we are the largest association of teachers of singing in the world.

Welcome to the
Tahoma Chapter of NATS

What We Do

We serve the south Puget Sound region of Washington State, including Tacoma, Federal Way, Kent, Auburn, Olympia, Gig Harbor, and surrounding areas.

The National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc.

Mission Statement

To encourage the highest standards of the vocal art and of ethical principles in the teaching of singing; and to promote vocal education and research at all levels, both for the enrichment of the general public and for the professional advancement of the talented.

The National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) was founded in 1944 and is now the largest association of teachers of singing in the world. Today NATS boasts more than 6,500 members in the United States, Canada, and over twenty-five other countries around the world, including Australia, Austria, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom, and the number of countries represented is growing every year.

Driven by its mission statement, NATS offers a variety of lifelong learning experiences to its members, such as workshops, intern programs, master classes, and conferences, all beginning at the chapter level and progressing to national events. Students of NATS members have access to one of the organization's most widely recognized activities: Student Auditions. They also have the opportunity, along with members, to compete at a national level through the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards (NATSAA). For information on these and other events and competitions for NATS members and their students go to Programs, Events, and Competitions.

NATS also supports the growth and enrichment of its members through the publication of The Journal of Singing, a scholarly journal comprised of articles on all aspects of singing and the teaching of singing, written by distinguished scholars in their fields.