Operating Guidelines

Article I: Name

The name of the organization shall be the West Central Region of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. The Region shall be subject to the By-Laws of the National Association.


Article II: Purposes and Codes of Ethics

The West Central Region adopts fully the stated purposes of the National Association, which are:

  • To establish and maintain the highest possible standards of ethical principles and practices in the profession of teaching singing and vocal art.
  • To establish the highest possible standards of competence in said teaching profession, to encourage, conduct and stimulate effective cooperation among vocal teachers for this mutual welfare and advancement.

The Kansas Chapter, the Colorado-Wyoming Chapter, and the Nebraska Chapter, as organizations, subscribe without reservation to the “Code of Ethics,” adherence to which is one of the conditions of individual membership in the National Association.


Article III : Governing Bodies

The Executive Board shall consist of the Regional Governor, the District Presidents of Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska and the Auditions Chair. This group shall be responsible for conducting the business of the West Central Region.

The Advisory Board shall include all members of the Executive Board, the outgoing Auditions Chair, the Regional Governor elect and all past governors of the West Central Region.


Article IV: Officers

Regional officers shall consist of a Governor, a Student Auditions Chair, and other officers as the Advisory Board may deem necessary. The term of office for the elected Governor shall be two years. The Student Auditions Chair shall be appointed by the Governor and may serve longer than the term of the Governor. The Duties of the officers shall be those commonly associated with the offices named. At the business meeting of each annual conference, the Governor and Student Auditions Chair shall submit, in written form, a report of the region’s finances. Special officers, committees, or chairpersons may be appointed by the Governor to serve in such temporary capacities as occasions may demand. Any administrative officer, whether elected or appointed, shall cease to hold office upon termination of his or her membership in the National Association. The Governor shall not serve consecutively for more than two terms, though he or she may properly succeed others in these offices. Any elected officer may be removed from office upon due cause by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the West Central Region active membership.


Article V: Meetings

There shall be a business meeting of the Executive Board and the Advisory Board and other chapter officers as available each year, typically in the fall on the weekend of the regional conference and student auditions. Other meetings, e-ballots and other votes, may be called by the Governor as circumstances dictate, including votes cast by the entirety of the region.


Article VI: Elections

Elections for regional Governor will be held biennially and may be administered electronically, by postcard, or other effective means. A nominating committee, composed of a representative from each chapter, appointed by the Governor, will provide (a) nominee(s) for the office of Governor. The regional Governor elected will take office during the summer of even-numbered years, following the meeting of the national board, and serving until after the summer meeting two years hence.


Article VII: Programs and Procedures

The program of this region properly may include social, promotional, professional, and educational activities at the discretion of its officers and members, so long as such activities are consistent with the purposes and code of ethics stated in Article II, above. Business meetings of the Board of Control shall be conducted in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order.


Article VIII: Regional Auditions

Regional student auditions shall be held the fall of each year at the West Central Regional Conference. The regional Governor shall supervise the equitable assignment of locales for the auditions.


Article IX: Amendments

The by-laws of this chapter may be repealed or amended, or new by-laws adopted by a majority of the regional membership voting either in person, by written proxy, or by mail, provided that such amendments have been announced to the membership at least twenty-one (21) days in advance of the voting date.