National Association of Teachers of Singing


Bylaws of the Panhandle Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing





As chartered in Canyon, Texas by the Executive Committee of the National Association of

Teachers of Singing, Inc. and subject to its bylaws, the name of this organization is the Panhandle Chapter

of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc.





The Panhandle Chapter adopts fully the stated purposes of the National Association, which is

organized to benefit the public good and generally enrich the public through: (1) encouragement of

Members to achieve the highest standards in their teaching of singing; (2) promotion of vocal education

and research at all levels, both for the enrichment of the general public and for the professional

advancement of the talented; (3) requiring Members’ adherence to the stated ethical principles in the

teaching of the vocal arts; and (4) organizing and affiliating its Members to provide nationwide

accessibility to qualified teachers for all students of singing.


The Panhandle Chapter, as an organization, subscribes without reservation to the “Code of

Ethics,” adherence to which is one of the conditions of individual membership in the National






All teachers of singing who have been accepted by the National Association into full, affiliate, or

emeritus membership, and who reside in the geographical area which the Panhandle Chapter has been

chartered or otherwise encouraged to serve, are immediately eligible for membership in the chapter. No

such member shall be refused membership in the Panhandle Chapter; however, such chapter membership

is not obligatory on the part of the individual. Chapter membership will be terminated when a member

resigns from, or is dropped from, membership in the National Association.





Chapter officers shall consist of President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. The term of office shall

be two years.  The President shall preside at all meetings of the Chapter and present such matters as may

properly come before the meeting.


The Vice-President shall assist the president in his/her duties and preside at meetings when the

President is absent. The Vice-President shall normally succeed to the presidency after serving as Vice-

President. The Vice-President shall serve as the Auditions Chair for any Chapter Student Auditions.

Prior to each Audition, the Vice-President shall organize the Chapter Student Auditions, scheduling all

divisions and providing the hosting school with the number of required rooms. The Vice-President shall

be responsible for conducting the Auditions meeting prior to the start of the Auditions and shall tally all



Neither the President nor Vice-President shall serve consecutively for more than two terms,

though they may properly succeed others in these offices.


The Secretary shall keep accurate minutes of all meetings and conduct necessary correspondence.

Unless another chapter member is designated for this task, the secretary will submit chapter news for each

issue of Inter Nos in conformity with published deadline dates. At the end of each biennial term of office

the secretary will submit in written form a report of the chapter’s activities. Election of Chapter officers

shall be immediately reported to the Vice-President for Chapter Promotion.


The Treasurer shall keep an accurate account of the finances of the Chapter, shall notify members

and receive payment of dues, send statements for unpaid dues to members and notify delinquent members

that they have been dropped from membership in accordance with Article VII of these bylaws, and pay all

approved bills of the Chapter. At the end of each biennial term of office, the Treasurer will submit in

written form a report of the chapter’s finances. The Treasurer shall serve as Registrar for any Chapter

Student Auditions. As Registrar, the Treasurer shall collect all registrations submitted by members and

shall receive due payments for such registrations. Once registration is completed all information

pertaining to the Student Auditions shall be provided to the Auditions Chair.


The President may, at will, create committees and appoint active members to committees with responsibilities

as deemed necessary, i.e. officer nominations, membership recruitment, by-laws review and revision, etc. 

The President may also appoint special officers, committees or chairmen 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 membership in the National Association. Any elected officer may be removed from office,

upon due cause, by two-thirds vote of the Chapter membership.





There shall be at least two meetings of the chapter each year. Announcement of meetings with

proposed agenda and program will be mailed to chapter members at least twenty-one days prior to the

date of each meeting. Chapter meetings will be held at times and in places most convenient to the largest

number of members; in the case of those chapters which serve a large geographical area, chapter meetings

will rotate to various parts of that area. Chapter meetings may be called by the president or by an

responsible segment of the membership, provided in the latter instance that chapter officers and the

remainder of the chapter membership are notified at least twenty-one days in advance of such a meeting.





At a spring meeting of the chapter, elections will be held. A nominating committee appointed by

the President will provide a slate of nominees for the offices named above. The meeting at which an

election will take place will be announced as such to all members of the Chapter at least twenty-one days

in advance of the meeting date and the slate of nominees will be given. Officers’ terms of office begin

immediately upon election to office.


A quorum will consist of one-third of the active membership. At any regular meeting, each

member in good standing shall be entitled to vote in person or by written proxy upon any motion or

question properly brought before the Chapter.




The annual Chapter dues are $20.00 and are payable by January 1 of each year. Notice

of nonpayment of dues shall be sent to delinquent members on February 1 of each year.

If any remain unpaid by three weeks prior to the spring meeting of that year, said membership shall automatically cease.

Resignation shall not be accepted from delinquent members. Reinstatement of membership may by

granted by the Board of Directors upon payment of delinquent dues.


Assessments over and above the annual dues may be made for special events necessitating

unusual expenditures only where such a motion is entertained at a meeting where a quorum is present and

said motion is passed by a majority vote.





The program of this Chapter 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 shall be

conducted in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order.





With the exception of Articles I, II, and III, which many not be amended or revoked, the bylaws

of this Chapter may be repealed or amended, or new bylaws adopted, by a majority of the Chapter

membership voting in person, by written proxy, or by mail, provided that the membership has been

notified in writing of such amendments at least twenty-one days in advance of the voting date.