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Our history

The Australian National Association of Teachers Singing (ANATS) was formed in 1988. Much has been achieved over those 3 decades, largely thanks to the dedication of many who have given generously of their time and expertise, enabling ANATS to provide quality professional development, advocacy and support to singers and singing teachers across the country.


Originally incorporated in NSW, ANATS started operating as a nationally registered company in 2014 and is now known as ANATS Ltd.

To view our 30-year history commemorative booklet, click here.

If you are a past member of ANATS with relevant information, photographs or items that you feel may be added to our historical archives, please contact us on

National Awards

Founding Members 


As taken from the minutes of a meeting held at Mitchell College of Advanced Education, Bathurst on Friday, January 15, 1988 re: The formation of an association of teachers of singing.


Janet Delpratt, Lyell Austen, Lois Bogg, Clifford Buck, Edna Buck, Jean Callaghan, Eric Clapham, Ruth Fritsch, Betty Fitzgerald, Rosemary Hudson, Helen Jones, Margaret Kozlowski, Jonathan Lewis, Maureen Lewis, Janice Light, Ronald Maconaghie, Olga Reeder, Janet Rutledge, Lorraine Smith-Mackay, Laurie Orchard, Ronald Dowd, Bob, Tasman-Smith, Margaret Flanagan, Claire Poole

Inaugural Members


Mary Louise Ambler, Max Aronsten, Margaret Atkins, Lyell Austin, Lois Bogg, Barbara Brangwin, Edna Buck, Jean Callaghan,Joanne Callinan, Eric Clapham, Paula Clarkstone, Janet Delpratt, Helen Earley, Robyn Edgar, Kay Edwards, June Errington, Susan Falk, John Ferris, Nancy Finch, Betty Fitzgerald, Ruth Fritsch, Angela Giblin, Janetta Haskell, Vivienne Haynes, Henry Howell, Rosemary Hudson, Helen Jones, Wesley George Jones, Sheila Knudsen, Margaret Kozlowski, Nicholas Larkin, Maureen Lewis, Johnathon Lewis, Janice Light, Judith Lindeman, Angela Luppino, Ronald Maconaghie, Bettine McCaughan, Diane McNaron-Collins, Louise Miller, Erica Mitchell, Joan Neil, Jennifer Newcomb, Virginia Niven, Laurie Orchard, Evelyn Probyn-Lee, Lesley Purvis, Janet Rutledge, Maree Ryan, Lorraine Smith, Robert Smith, Rosalind Sneddon, Robert Tasman-Smith, Elizabeth Todd, Gloria Ward, Neil Williams, Patricia D. White, Arete Zantiotis


Honorary Lifetime Memberships


Joan Arnold

Jean Callaghan

Jan Delpratt

Margaret Sims

Marvin Keenze

Bettine McCaughan

Dorothy Mews

Recognition of Service



Maureen Furr

Ruth Guthrie

Shelli Hulcombe


Diane Hughes

Before 2018:

Ruth Atkinson

Lois Bogg

Jean Callghan

Jenny Caire

Jenny Clarke

Margaret Dagleish

Scott Harrison

Patricia Howes

Norma Knight

Janice Light

Judith Lindeman

Robert Mitchell

Joan Neill

Adele Nisbet

Beverley Peart

Lesley Purvis 

Daniel K. Robinson

Marilyn Smith

Bob Tasman-Smith

Wendy Todd

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