News and Events

2018 NSA Finals

Congratulations again to the Cal-West students who placed in the 2018 NSA finals and their teachers:


National finalists

Category 3 High School Women: 3rd Place: Ava Kuntz, Cal-Western Region, Student of Kathleen Martin

Category 13 Graduate/Advanced Women: 2nd Place: Clarisse Colao, Cal-Western Region, Student of Aubrey Adams-McMillan

National semi-finalists

Category 1- HS MT Women Aria Critchley

Category 2- HS MT Men – Ethan Kelso

Category 3- HS Women-Isabel Ferguson

Category 3- HS Women- Ava Kuntz

Category 3- HS Women- Maya Thorson

Category 5- Lower College MT Women-Ashley Stack House

Category 7- Lower College/Independent Studio Women- Laura Dean

Category 7- Lower College/Independent Studio Women- Ashley Stackhouse

Category 11- Upper College/Independent Studio Women-Casey Dakus

Category 11- Upper College/Independent Studio Women- Claire Robinson

Category 13- Advanced College/Independent Studio Women- Clarisse Colao

Category 14- Upper College/Independent Studio Women- Emzy Burroughs

Category 14- Upper College/Independent Studio Women-Chris Langton


2019 CWR Student Auditions

As you select repertoire with your students, please keep in mind the Regional Auditions and Conference which will take place at University of Nevada Reno January 18-20, 2019.  

The categories offered this year are attached to this document and include the usual NSA offerings as well as youth, CCM, Non-Traditional, Advanced Classical and Adult Avocational.  We hope to have created a place for everyone at the table!  

Registration will open November 1st and close December 1st.  

More details to come.

Welcome Officers

I look forward to continuing my NATS service as the new Regional Governor.  

I am thankful for those who have agreed to serve on my cabinet:  

Brian Manternach, Utah District Governor and The Cal-Western Voice Editor, Stephanie Fox, Arizona District Governor and Auditions Vetting Co-Chair, Monica Williams-McCullough, Nevada District Governor and Regional SNATS Representative, Marisa Atha, Northern California District Governor and CWR Webmaster, Teri Herron, Southern California District Governor and CWR Treasurer. I am likewise grateful for those willing to serve on the auditions committee:  Rachel Velarde, Auditions Co-Chair, Nichole Jensen, Auditions Co-Chair, Cindy Dewey, Tabulation and Vetting Co-Chair. 


Our region had two finalists in the National Student Auditions.  Ava Kuntz, student of Kathleen Martin, took 3rd place in the High School Women category and Clarisse Calao, student of Aubrey Adams-McMillan, took second place in the Graduate/Advanced Women category.  

Additionally, Robyn Frey-Monell was given an Emerging Leader Award by the NATS Foundation and Sven Edward Olbash and Kate Scally received the 2018 Joan Frey Boytim Award for Independent Teachers.   

Keith Colclough, who was chosen to participate in the 2018 Nats Intern program. 

National Convention in Las Vegas

CWR was well-represented at the national convention in Las Vegas by multiple presenters including:

Alexis Davis-Hazell, Lynn Helding, Errik Hood, Albert Lee, Linda Lister, Brian Manternach, and Zipporah Peddle.

SNATS Summit/Poster Paper Session

SNATS Chapter advisors please note we will have a SNATS Summit as well as a poster paper session at the auditions and conference in January, 2019.  

Please encourage your students to apply for funding so they can compete, attend and present.  

If you don’t already have a SNATS chapter in your area, consider starting one!  It is a wonderful chance to mentor the future leaders of our field.

Happy 75th Anniversary NATS

Happy 75th Anniversary!

We will be celebrating this milestone between now and our next national conference in 2020.  

How can your chapter honor this wonderful institution?