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Nominations are now open for the NATS Cal-Western Region Teacher Award 2024! This award is given each year to a teacher in the hosting district, which is Utah this year. Nominations will close on November 10th.
Nomination Process: To nominate a teacher, both a colleague, a student must participate in a survey. The colleague survey is below. Once the teacher nomination has been received, the committee chair will send the student survey to the nominee to distribute among his/her students or former students.
The nominated teacher will then submit the following:
The CWR Cabinet will review the nominees and select a winner. The winner will be notified and receive their award at the end of the competition finals.
Teachers, please follow this link where you will answer the following questions: https://forms.gle/gVttm2fRNGx6vYaT7
We look forward to honoring the wonderful work our NATS teachers do.
"You can be respected, very accomplished and still be a good person, that was simply by the way he addressed you, the manner in which he spoke and the kindness of his tone without being condescending."
"I have never met a voice teacher most knowledgeable, kind, caring and generous. I am forever grateful for John’s teaching and I feel I am a more knowledgeable artist and teacher because of his teachings."
"The vocal training I received from John was both solid and expansive, and I owe him endless thanks for all that his tutelage has added to my work to this day."
Wendy K. Pylko, who nominated John, said, "This teacher inspires me because...
His incredible body of research and published vocal music . He is also a wonderful, compassionate human being.
Some of the best things I learned from this teacher are...
Many of us and our students have benefited greatly over the years from his scholarly research published by Alfred in his many volumes of edited songs and arias."
Ruth Ellis, who nominated Arden (but didn't participate in the voting) had this to say about him, "Arden is such a giving soul. He charges incredibly reasonable rates because teaching voice isn’t about making money for him in his “retirement” years. He also volunteers hours and hours running the voice studio at the Scera, a local arts non-profit.
I appreciate that Arden empathetically shares his own vocal journey. It builds a sense of trust and that we are in this together and not that he had it all figured out from the beginning, which no one does but sometimes people pretend they do. I appreciate that he gives me full permission to experiment, disagree, and choose for myself.
Arden has worked to be a peacemaker and a builder of communities. He chooses to step away from the fray and to actively see the good in people. Truly admirable (because I have seen some of the frays). "
"He genuinely loves his students even more than he loves music. He is patient with my progress and wants to help me reach my potential. He has a way of using all my senses, my anatomy, my body and my life experiences to teach me to sing."
"I consider Arden and his mentoring and teaching to be one of the greatest gifts in my teaching and singing career. His non-judgmental style, wry sense of humor, and supportive but honest assessments changed my singing and teaching paradigm."
"Arden Hopkin is quite remarkable. He has dedicated his life to teaching and learning. Arden is constantly looking for new ways to approach teaching, to reach a student, to create a different studio paradigm, or provide a new opportunity for the students. "
David Dehner, who nominated Wendy, had this to say about her, "I am honored to nominate Wendy Hillhouse. Wendy has had a substantial career as a professional vocalist. As a voice teacher she has taught in the San Francisco conservatory, Stanford University and her own voice studio. She brings her expertise to the NATS organization as a leader. She has served on the SFBAC NATS board and at the Western division level. She continues to serve and assist in all activities. As well as being a fantastic performer, a leader in the Nats organization, she is also a wonderful voice teacher with significant results. Her students have received many accolades with NATS and they demonstrate healthy technique taught by a expert voice teacher."
"Like any great teacher, she has a thorough knowledge of breath
movement, posture, diction, emotionality, and style. What makes her
an extraordinary teacher, though, is that she applies this breadth of
knowledge with her philosophy of singing as a form of personal
expression such that her students are both comfortable and
passionate. She has an intensely positive attitude that rubs off not just on her students, but on all those around her. For all these reasons,
being in her studio, both as her student and singing with fellow
students, has been without a doubt my favorite experience at Stanford."
"Wendy realizes a singer's full potential and beyond. She loves finding
what makes a singer unique and develops the voice with an attention
to her students as individuals."
"Wendy continually goes above and beyond for her students and works
with them on technique & musical pieces in a way that is purely
enjoyable and personalized. Outside of teaching she is involved in
many artistic endeavors including her own musical research, and she
works to engage the greater community and administration in the arts
and advocacy of musical programming. She has a wholistic
understanding of what the music and arts communities need at
Stanford and what students actually want. As such, she works to bridge
the gaps between artistic communities. I am so grateful for my time with her."