Emily Anderson takes first place in the West-Central Regional NATS Competition

Colorado State University vocal student Emily Anderson participated in the 2021 West Central Regional Student Auditions for the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS); the 59th annual competition for Colorado, Wyoming, and Kansas vocalists. National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. Logo

Emily Anderson Promotional PhotoEmily Anderson, a CSU master’s student, placed first in the graduate category of the West-Central regional National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition. Anderson has been competing in NATS competitions since her junior year in college. “NATS will always hold a special place in my heart, both because of the wonderful sponsoring organization that not only gives opportunities to students, but also connects and supports voice teachers, but also because it was my first competition,” Anderson said.  

View a video of Anderson’s award-winning performance, singing the “Minskwoman’s Aria” from Jonathan Dove’s Flight here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fZpTSvaV9M 

Founded in 1944, NATS is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world, with more than 7,000 members in the United States, Canada, and nearly 30 other countries. 

According to the organization’s website, NATS exists to “promote 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.” 

Cosi Fan Tutte Opera Production Photo

The Ralph Opera program at Colorado State University’s University Center for the Arts presents Così fan tutte, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, directed by Tiffany Blake and conducted by Wes Kenney. March 30, 2022

Dido and Aeneas Opera Production Photo

Emily Anderson in the Ralph Opera program’s production of Dido and Aeneas at Colorado State University’s University Center for the Arts.

CSU Assistant Professor of Music Nicole Asel said of Anderson, “she is a smart and engaging young woman.” 

Anderson said, “The competition has been the site of so much relationship building between myself and other singers. The conferences and competitions are places for us to grow as musicians and as people.”


For more information about NATS and a complete list of winners, please visit the NATS website.