CS Vocal Competition

 

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Sign up for an Online or Live Audition Prescreen and then join us and more than 600 fellow singers, friends, college faculty & recruiters, and industry professionals, May 24-27 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., for an unforgettable weekend of vocal performance, masterclasses, networking & recruiting, and fun!

 

Sign Up for a Prescreen Audition  

 

Competition Registration includes a FREE Convention Attendee Pass for the 70+ masterclasses and college recruiting fair!

CLASSICAL and MUSICAL THEATRE Divisions

High School, University, and Young Artist/Pre-Professional Levels


Competition Details

  • $13,000 in Cash Prizes

 

  • Millions in University Scholarships

 

  • Written Feedback from University Faculty and Industry Professionals

 

  • Free Convention Masterclass Pass

 

  • $75 registration fee


Sign Up for an

Online Prescreen Audition

or a

Live Prescreen Audition

All qualified singers advance to the Second Round, May 25-26, at the CS Music Convention. Singers can audition in both classical and musical theatre, but must register separately for each category.

Online Prescreen Audition Options

  • Spring Deadline
    • March 22 Registration Deadline
    • March 31 Video Submission Deadline

Online Prescreen Audition Guidelines:
• Singers submit ONE video-recorded song selection.
• Selections should be no longer than 7 minutes.
• The same selection or a new one can be used for later rounds.

Submit a Video

Upload to YouTube a new self-recording and add it to your application. Click for more INSTRUCTIONS

Get Reviewed

CS judges review your video and give you written feedback and an overall score.

Advance

All qualified singers advance to the LIVE Second Round in Washington, D.C., May 25-26.

Sign Up for a Prescreen Audition  

Live Prescreen Audition Options

  • March 9 – Utah Conservatory (UT)
  • March 23 – Valparaiso University (IN)
  • March 30 – George Mason University (VA/DC)
  • April 6 – Roosevelt University (Chicago, IL)
  • April 27 – New York (SUNY Potsdam)
  • May 24 – Washington, DC at the CS Music Convention

*Check back later as other live locations will be added.

Live Prescreen Audition Guidelines
• One selection up to 7 minutes in length.
• Accompanists are provided, but singers can bring their own.
• There is no time to rehearse with accompanists.

Register  

Second Round and Finals

All Second Round and Final events are held at the CS Music Convention.

  • May 25-27, 2024 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC
    • Participants receive:
      • FREE Convention Masterclass Attendee Pass
      • Free entrance to the College Expo Recruiting Fair
  • There are no additional registration fees, but participants are responsible for hotel, travel, and food.

Final Rounds Schedule

  • Second Round

    Saturday, May 25 – Sunday, May 26 (10 am – 8 pm each day)

    • Singers perform 1 selection
    • Top 25-40 from each division advance to the Semifinal Round
    • Daytime audition attire appropriate
    • Accompanist provided

 

  • Semifinal Round

    Monday, May 27 (9:30 am – 1:30 pm)

    • Singers perform 1 selection
    • Top 5-10 from each division advance to the Final Round
    • Daytime audition attire appropriate
    • Accompanist provided

 

  • Final Round

    Monday, May 27 (2:30 – 6:00 pm)

    • Singers perform 1 selection
    • Formal attire appropriate but not required
    • Accompanist provided

 

  • Awards Concert

    Monday, May 27 (7:30 pm)

    • Top 3 winners announced
    • First Place winner from each division performs
    • University Scholarships announced

Competition Divisions:

*Singers can do both Classical and Musical Theatre divisions, but must register for each division separately.
Classical Divisions (click to view)

High School

  • Minimum age of 14
  • Must be a current high school Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior
  • Cannot be attending a university program

University

  • Ages 18-24 as of May 25, 2024
  • No undergraduate or graduate performance degree as of January 1, 2024
  • High school graduate or equivalent

Classical Young Artist/Emerging Pro

  • Minimum age of 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 Division (click to view)

High School

  • Minimum age of 14
  • Must be a current high school Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior
  • Cannot be attending a university program

University/Pre-Professional

  • Minimum age of 18
  • No age limit
  • Recommended to have a degree in vocal-related field or significant vocal training
  • No lead experience on Broadway

General Guidelines

Classical Divisions Rep

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

Musical Theatre Divisions Rep

  • 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.

Scholarships

  • More than $3,600,000 of university and summer program scholarships will be offered to Competition participants.
  • Any singer who advances from the First Round is eligible to win a scholarship.
  • Scholarships are given completely at the discretion of the school offering it. The majority of the scholarships will go to juniors or sophomores as most seniors have already committed to a specific school.
  • $13,000 in cash prizes will also be given to the national winners at the Awards Concert.
2023 Competition Results

Congratulations 2023 Competition Winners!

Classical High School 1

1st Place
Meghan Linnington (CA)

2nd Place
Noyi Soto-Anglade (CO)

3rd Place
Lukas Palys (TX)

 

Classical High School 2

1st Place
Jade Rojas (FL)

2nd Place
Lucia Papikian (MA)

3rd Place
Avantika Swaminathan (CA)

Classical University

1st Place
Christian Shelton (NV)

2nd Place
Anna Low (UT)

3rd Place
Alicia Marisol Werner (AZ)

 

Classical Young Artist/Emerging Professional

1st Place
Mariya Kaganskaya (CA)

2nd Place
Phoebe Chee (CA)

3rd Place
Sandra Keerthi (NY)

 

Musical Theatre High School 1

1st Place
Rosie Goade (UT)

2nd Place
Adelina Mukhametzhanova (MN)

3rd Place
Madeline Hansen (GA)

 

Musical Theatre High School 2

1st Place
Sarah Bennett (UT)

2nd Place
Imani Harris (MN)

3rd Place
Annika Boman (UT)

 

Musical Theatre University/Pre-Professional

1st Place
Julien Gussman (CA)

2nd Place
Tia Lempert (OR)

3rd Place
Rebecca Calix (CA)


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