Dr. Diana Allan, associate professor of voice at Missouri Southern, was recently named president-elect of the National Association for the Teachers of Singing (NATS).
Founded in 1944 and headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., the association has more than 7,000 members in the United States, Canada and more than 35 other countries.
“I’ve been a member of NATS for over 30 years,” says Allan. “The organization is for voice teachers of any level. What we do is simply foster good singing and the good teaching of singing. We hold auditions for students of NATS teachers, as well as workshops and conferences throughout the 14 different regions across the country.”
She says that in past years, the president-elect position required primarily observation of the current president and their duties. However, the position has become much more active of late.
“There’s a new strategic plan for the organization, which I will be project managing,” she says. “Besides that, I may head up management of a new revenue stream that is being developed.”
After two years as president-elect, Allan will be installed as president for two years, then serve as past president for an additional two years.