Nathan and Julie Gunn to Headline at National Association of Teachers of Singing National Conference

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One of the most exciting and in-demand baritones of our time, Nathan Gunn, along with his wife Julie Gunn, will present a recital and master class as part of the 52nd National Conference of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, June 29-July 3, 2012 in Orlando, Florida.

"We are very happy that both Nathan and Julie Gunn are able to join us at our National Conference. Their presence will top off a strong line-up of presenters and performers in Orlando," says Allen Henderson, NATS Executive Director.

Nathan Gunn has made a reputation as one of the most exciting and in-demand baritones of the day. He has appeared in internationally renowned opera houses, playing the title roles in Billy Budd, Eugene Onegin, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Hamlet, Guglielmo in Cosí fan tutte, the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro, Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucetia, Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore and Ottone in L’incoronazione di Poppea.

Nathan Gunn will be joined by his longtime collaborator in music and life, Julie Gunn, in recital on July 1, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. in the Oceans Ballroom at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld. Their joint master class will take place at 10:30 a.m. on July 2, 2012. "We are very happy that both Nathan and Julie Gunn are able to join us at our National Conference. Their presence will top off a strong line-up of presenters and performers in Orlando," says Allen Henderson, NATS Executive Director.

Mr. Gunn was the recipient of the first annual Beverly Sills Artist Award, and was awarded the Pittsburgh Opera Renaissance Award. He is an alumnus of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artists Program and was the winner of the 1994 Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition. This season, Mr. Gunn returns to the Metropolitan Opera for Billy Budd, the Lyric Opera of Chicago for Showboat, the Houston Grand Opera for Il Barbiere di Siviglia and the San Francisco Opera for Die Zauberflöte. He also appears at the Krannert Center twice: in a recital with his wife, Julie Gunn, and in a concert with Mandy Patinkin. Mr. Gunn is an alumnus of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana where he is currently a professor of voice.

Julie Jordan Gunn, pianist, music director, vocal coach and song arranger has appeared on many prestigious series over the last several years, including Carnegie Hall Pure Voice Series, Lincoln Center Great Performers, London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, Brussels Theatre de la Monnaie, the 92nd Street Y, University of Chicago Presents, San Francisco Performances, the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, Oberlin College, the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and the Krannert Center. Dr. Gunn is on the faculty of the University of Illinois, where she works with singers and pianists and is a leader in the promotion of American arts. Her arrangements of traditional American songs have been programmed by orchestras throughout the country.

Nathan and Julie Gunn live in Champaign, Illinois, with their five children.

Additional information is available at the Conference website, http://nationalconference.nats.org.

About NATS, INC. and the NATS National Conference
Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,300 members in the United States, Canada, and over twenty-five other countries. In addition to sponsoring one of the most prestigious competitions for classical singers, NATS Artist Awards (NATSAA), NATS offers a variety of lifelong learning experiences to its members: workshops, intern programs, master classes, and conferences. NATS National Conferences offer opportunities for education and networking for voice and singing professionals.

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