2020 National Conference

Do you want to know a secret?

Adelaide - the city that welcomed the Beatles so enthusiastically back in the 60's (feels like only Yesterday!) will be hosting one of the largest gatherings of singers and singing teachers Across The Universe, at the ANATS National Conference in October 2020.


This is an invitation From Me To You, to Come Together and join us! The Pullman Hotel and Elder Conservatorium will be buzzing Here, There And Everywhere with research presentations, workshops, masterclasses and lots of singing as we celebrate all things voice. There will be something for everybody and I’ve Got A Feeling you won’t be able to wait to Get Back and share it all with your students and colleagues. And if you’re someone who like to Twist And Shout, don’t forget the conference dinner – 60's themed of course!

Think you may benefit from some Help with fresh ideas to reinvigorate your teaching? We Can Work It Out! For the first time ever, we’ll be offering a mentoring program to run alongside the conference, open to anyone who feels they would benefit from A Little Bit Of Help From Their Friends (OK, that one was paraphrased…).

You know what you have to do…Run For Your Life and BOOK NOW for the 2020 ANATS National Conference!


KEYNOTE SPEAKER Dr Elizabeth Blades

Vocal Pedagogy | Mind, body & voice | Studio Practice

Elizabeth Blades holds both Doctor of Musical Arts and Masters of Music Degrees from the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where she also taught vocal pedagogy courses and voice classes and received the 1990 Graduate Teaching Assistant Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Blades is a Phi Beta Kappa, Magna cum Laude graduate of Skidmore College and also received a Masters of Science degree from the University of Kansas. Since 2000, she has been regularly included in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in American Women, and the British publication, 2000 Musicians for the Year 2000.


She is currently Adjunct Associate Professor of Music (Voice) at Shenandoah University, teaching courses in body awareness for musicians. In addition, she serves as a doctoral dissertation supervisor for Boston University College of Fine Arts. Previous appointments were as Professor of Music at Nazareth College, Rochester, New York and Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio, where she served as Associate Professor of Music, Coordinator of Vocal Studies and Director of Opera and Musical Theatre. While at Heidelberg, she taught studio voice, vocal pedagogy, language diction (Italian, German, French), courses in music education, supervised student teachers and directed musical theatre and opera productions. She also created a course for the Honors Program entitled “Topsy-Turvy: American Musical Theatre Meets British Social Class Structure” which culminated in a 2-week study trip to Great Britain. In addition to an active teaching, presenting and performing schedule, Dr. Blades is a committed researcher in voice performance pedagogy. She is the author of A Spectrum of Voices: Prominent American Voice Teachers Discuss the Teaching of Singing and Singing With Your Whole Self: A Singer’s Guide to Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement (with Dr. Samuel Nelson, Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner), both with Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group . Her most recent research studies are concentrated on using spectrographic analysis to document the effects of Feldenkrais work on the singing voice. She presents national and international workshops to share the results of this research and to advance understanding of the impact Feldenkrais work can have for performance enhancement.


Dr. Blades is an active soprano experienced in all forms of voice performance: opera, oratorio, musical theatre, folk and recital and has performed with major companies and symphonies throughout the United States. She is a well-known director of opera, operetta and musicals including The Tender Land, Amahl and the Night Visitors, HMS Pinafore, Brigadoon, Oklahoma!, Man of La Mancha, Fiddler on the Roof  and  My Fair Lady.. She is also a frequent adjudicator for NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) auditions and competitions. Her workshops, master-classes and lecture-demonstrations have received glowing reviews: most recent presentations include those for the 2017 International Congress of Voice Teachers in Stockholm, Sweden,  Colorado State Music Teachers, Indiana University’s summer voice workshops; “Feldenkrais and Voice” at Karlstad University, Sweden, Colorado-Wyoming NATS Fall Workshop; Pan-European Voice Conference in Groningen, the Netherlands; the Physiology and Acoustics of Singing in York, England, the National Federation of Music Clubs Colorado Chapter, the National Association Teachers of Singing Intern program, South Carolina chapter of NATS fall workshop and the Physiology and Acoustics of Singing Conference in Denver.


Dr. Blades is the Founder/Director of  Vocalhealthworks, dedicated to advancing healthy vocal technique and to rehabilitating injured or endangered voices. In 2010, Dr. Blades was invited to be one of the first 7 American voice teachers to receive training and certification as a CoreSinging ™ teacher. She also founded and was Producer/Artistic Director of the Allenspark Performing Arts Company which launched its maiden season in July, 2011.

SPEAKER Dr Jenevora Williams

Young Voice | Vocal Pedagogy

Dr Jenevora Williams is a leading exponent in the field of vocal health and singing teaching. After a successful career in Opera, Jenevora turned her attention to investigating healthy and efficient vocal function. The combination of academic study and practical experience has resulted in a unique perception for understanding the human voice.


She was the first singing teacher to be awarded a PhD in voice science in the UK, and won the 2010 BVA Van Lawrence Prize for her outstanding contribution to voice research. Her book, Teaching Singing to Children and Young Adults, has been enormously popular with singing teachers throughout the world. She is well-known for her imaginative and rigorous training courses for singing teachers in the UK, the US and Europe. As a teacher of singing, she works with professional singers of all ages, as well as working in and training teachers for Vocal Rehabilitation for BAPAM and the NHS.


Jenevora will be joining us via video link for the conference.

Conference Venues

The Pullman Adelaide

Presentations | Accommodation | Conference Dinner

The Pullman Hotel is Adelaide’s newest 5-star hotel in the heart of the city. With modern, fresh décor and large, well-appointed rooms, it is the perfect place for our conference. The entire top floor is the conference venue, with stunning views across the city and an open layout to capture the natural sunlight. Other features include ultra-fast Wi-Fi, a lap-pool with spa & sauna, a fully equipped Fit Lounge and a Bike Zone.

The Pullman have offered conference delegates a substantially discounted room rate of $165/night (normally $225). Alternatively, for those on a tighter budget the Ibis Hotel (2 mins walk across the park) is available at a special conference rate of $120/night.

Elder Conservatorium

Masterclasses | Practical Workshops | Performances

Steeped in history, the Elder Conservatorium is Australia's oldest music institution (since 1883) and a central figure in Adelaide's musical scene. It is a 3 minute, flat walk from the Pullman Hotel and will house the masterclasses and practical workshops for our conference.


The jewel in the Conservatorium's crown is the magnificent Elder Hall and we look forward to hearing the sound of your voices ringing out during the conference!

Hotel Richmond

Welcome reception

Set in the heart of Rundle Mall, 5 mins walk from the Pullman Hotel, this iconic 1920's hotel is the perfect introduction to Adelaide's rich history. Featuring several large open space public venues and private function rooms, you will be able to mingle with other delegates in the Balcony Room before moving on to dinner and drinks in one of the restaurants or bars.


PO Box 465

Red Hill  QLD 4059


E | anatsltd@gmail.com

P | 0435 300 070

ABN | 26 164 514 943

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