From BGSU CHAPTER OF STUDENT NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF TEACHERS OF SINGERS
Bowling Green State University’s current chapter of SNATS (Student National Association of Teachers of Singers) was formed in the fall of 2017 by Rachael Cammarn, second year graduate student and current president, Adelle Blauser, senior and current secretary, and Autum Jordan, senior and current social chair.
They began to work on the chapter the summer beforehand. SNATS comes from the National Association of Teachers of Singers (NATS), which is a national professional organization and includes both performers and teachers of voice. Their mission statement is as follows: “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.”
While BGSU has had chapters in the past, this is the first active SNATS chapter in at least three years. We have 12 official members (who all pay dues). The current vision of our chapter in its inaugural year is not only to establish an environment for growth in knowledge and practice of voice performance, but also to create a community in which students are enabled to proactive creativity, leadership, and outreach. We have held four official events so far: Meet & Greet with the singers of The Toledo Opera’s “Pearl Fishers,” A Panel Presentation With The Resident Artists of The Toledo Opera, “Death by Aria” Recital, and a Career Presentation by Cleveland Opera Theater’s Megan Thompson. All of these events have had non-member attendance and participation.
Upcoming events include: SNATS Trivia Night, a Masterclass with Elizabeth Baldwin, and a Guest Lecture on vocal health with Dr. Ronald Scherer.
SNATS Trivia Night will take place on Wednesday, February 28 from 6-8 p.m. at Ziggy’s in Bowling Green. The trivia will be written by musicology graduate student, Alexis Scangas and will include trivia customized to singers and musicians. Ziggy’s will be donating 10 percent of their proceeds back to SNATS. Prizes have been donated by local businesses and organizations and include: two complimentary tickets to the world premiere of “I Dream” by The Toledo Opera, two complementary tickets to any performance by The Toledo Symphony, two compeimentary tickets to any performance (excluding “Wicked”) at The Stranahan Theater, two day passes to The Toledo Zoo, Gift Certificates to Campus Pollyeye’s, a gift basket from Falcon Outfitter’s, and a batch of 5 $5 gift cards to D.P. Dough.
Members are currently working to obtain more donations in order to offer both a first prize and a second prize.
The cost is $5 per person and $20 for teams of three to five with preregistration. At the door, the cost will be $7 per person and $25 for teams of three to five . To register, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. All proceeds will go to the SNATS chapter. Proceeds will be used to aid the chapter in accomplishing their mission of outreach and professional development.