Competition

CS Vocal Competition

High School, University, and Emerging Pros

Classical and Musical Theatre

Judges include Nathan Gunn, Frederica von Stade, Washington National Opera YAP Director Robert Ainsley, Broadway star Alex Finke, Broadway Music Director Steven Gross, and faculty from the Juilliard, Eastman, Cincinnati Conservatory, and other top music schools.

 

Online First Round – Video Submission Deadline May 11
Online Second Round – Video Audition Deadline May 24
Live Virtual Final Round – Saturday, May 30

 

  • $2,500 First Place Prize and $13,000 overall

 

  • University & Summer Program Scholarships

 

  • Written Feedback from University Faculty and Industry Professionals

 

 

 

  • $85 registration fee

 


Submit a Video

Record your audition, add it to YouTube, and link it to your CS Music account. Recording Instructions


Get Reviewed

CS Music judges will review your video & give written feedback and a scored evaluation.


Advance

Advance to the Online Second Round and submit a new video as part of the CS Music Online Convention.



Sponsored by:

 

 

Patricia Sheridan Voice Studio


Competition Schedule

 

Online Second Round

May 1 – May 24
After you advance to the Second Round, you have until May 24 to record and submit a new audition video.

Your Second Round video will be used for the Final Round if you advance.

  • May 24 Video Submission Deadline
    • The same song can be used for the Second Round, but a new recording must be made.
  • Judges from the Online Convention will review and score applicants between May 25 – May 28.
  • The Top 10 from each division advance to the Final Round.
  • Results will be announced online on Friday, May 29.

Live Virtual Final Round

Saturday, May 30
For the Final Round, your Second Round video will be shown to a new set of judges and the general public!

  • Finalists’ videos are broadcast in a live, virtual Final Round via Zoom with the judges in attendance.
  • The Final Round is open to the public as well.
  • No new videos are submitted.
  • Winners from all divisions, plus Scholarship Awards, will be announced at the live, virtual Convention Finale at 8 p.m. EST online

 

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Divisions & Guidelines

Competition Divisions:

*Singers can do both Classical and Musical Theatre divisions, but must register for each division separately.

Classical – High School

  • $1,000 First Place Prize
  • Ages 14-18 as of May 25, 2020
  • Cannot be attending a university program

Musical Theatre – High School

  • $1,000 First Place Prize
  • Ages 14-18 as of May 25, 2020
  • Cannot be attending a university program

Classical – University

  • $1,000 First Place Prize
  • Ages 18-23 as of May 25, 2020
  • No undergraduate or graduate performance degree as of January 1, 2020
  • High school graduate or equivalent

Musical Theatre – University

  • $1,000 First Place Prize
  • Ages 18-23 as of May 25, 2020
  • No undergraduate or graduate performance degree as of January 1, 2020
  • High school graduate or equivalent

Classical – Emerging Professional

  • $2,500 First Place Prize
  • Age minimum 22
  • No age limit
  • Recommended to have a degree in vocal-related field or significant vocal training
  • No principal roles with A or B level companies

Musical Theatre – Pre Professional

  • $1,000 First Place Prize
  • Age minimum 22
  • No age limit
  • Recommended to have a degree in vocal-related field or significant vocal training
  • No lead experience on Broadway

  • Repertoire Guidelines

    Classical Divisions

    • Singers should choose art songs or arias at a level appropriate to their vocal development.
    • Art songs or Arias are accepted.
    • Repertoire can be in any language.

    Musical Theatre Divisions

    • Selections can come from Broadway, off-Broadway, and revival shows.
    • Both mix/belt and legit style singing are accepted and judged equally.
    • Singers should be able to demonstrate strong acting abilities as appropriate to the literature.

    Recording Guidelines

    First Round

      • Each singer will record ONE selection of his or her choice it its entirety for the First Round.

    Second Round

      • Singers are required to record a new audition video for the Second Round that includes ONE selection.
      • The same song can be used for the Second Round, but a new recording must be made.

    Final Round

      • For the Final Round, a new set of judges will watch the same Second Round video audition.

    General Video Guidelines:

      • TECHNICAL TIPS:
        • PLEASE do not use external microphones.
        • Try to get as close-up as possible on video recordings.
        • Try to frame the shot from the waist up, with not too much empty space above the head in frame.
        • Also try to raise the video source closer to eye level so that the judges can see you more face to face, rather than looking up at you.
        • Film in landscape/horizontal frame.
        • Record ONE selection in its entirety.
      • At the beginning of your recording, slate by stating:
        • Your first and last name
        • The event you are auditioning for
        • The current date
        • The name of piece you will be performing and the composer’s name
      • For Vocal Performance:

     

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