Vocal Competition 2019

$15,000 in Cash Prizes &

$3.2 Million in Scholarships

Classical & Musical Theatre Styles

High School, University, and Emerging Professional Divisions

  • Cash Prizes plus University & Summer Program Scholarships
  • Written Feedback from University Faculty and Industry Professionals
  • Networking Opportunities and Audition Experience
  • Free admission to CS Music Convention Classes and the Expo Recruiting Fair

Audition at a Live Location (see list below) or submit an Online Video Audition to advance to the national finals in Chicago, May 23-26, at the CS Music Convention.

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*$85 registration fee includes all rounds and accompanist fees.

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Do a First Round Live Audition or submit an Online Video Audition.

Live Audition Locations

January – May, 2019

  • Arizona State – Jan 27
  • Azusa Pacific University (CA) – Feb 2
  • Baldwin Wallace (OH) – Mar 23
  • BYU (UT) – TBD
  • Butler University (IN)- Jan 26
  • DePauw University (IN) – TBD
  • Furman University (SC)- Jan 26
  • Gardner Webb (NC)-April 4
  • Georgia State University – TBD
  • George Mason University (VA) – March 30
  • Hartwick College (NY) – TBD
  • Interlochen Arts Academy (MI) – March 2
  • Longy School of Music (MA) – March 30
  • McGill University (Quebec) – March 30

  • North Park University (IL) – Feb 2
  • Notre Dame (IN) – March 23
  • NYU – March 9
  • San Francisco Cons.- Feb 16
  • Santa Clara University (CA) – TBD
  • Sheraton Grand Chicago – May 23
  • Texas Tech- Jan 26
  • Univ of Houston – TBD
  • Univ of Miami (FL) – March 24
  • Univ of South Carolina – March 30
  • Univ of Southern California – TBD
  • Univ of Tulsa (OK) – March 30
  • Univ of Wisconsin-Madison – March 9
  • Utah Conservatory –  Feb 2
  • William Jewel (MO)- Feb 24

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Online Video Auditions

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 Second Round in Chicago, May 23-26 at the CS Music Convention.

Video Submission Deadlines:
• Fall Deadline: November 30
• Winter Deadline: February 28
• Spring Deadline: May 1

Second Round and Finals

  • May 23-26, 2019 at the Sheraton Grand Chicago at the CS Music Convention.
  • Discounted hotel rooms are available (click to find more details).
  • All competition Participants receive a FREE Convention Class Pass and Free entrance to the Expo Recruiting Fair
  • There are no additional registration fees, but participants are responsible for hotel, travel, and food.
  • Second Round scheduled times will be assigned to participants beginning May 1.

Competition Divisions:

Classical – High School

  • Ages 14-19 as of May 27, 2019
  • Cannot be attending a university program

Musical Theatre – High School

  • Ages 14-19 as of May 27, 2019
  • Cannot be attending a university program

Classical – University I

  • Ages 18-21 as of May 27, 2019
  • No undergraduate degree as of September 1, 2018
  • High school graduate or equivalent

Musical Theatre – University/Pre-Professional

  • No age limits
  • High school graduate or equivalent

Classical – University II

  • Ages 21-26 as of May 27, 2019
  • No undergraduate degree as of September 1, 2018
  • High school graduate or equivalent

Classical – Emerging Professional

  • No age limits
  • Undergraduate degree in vocal-related field recommended
  • No principal roles with A or B level companies

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Competition Rules and Format

  • For the First Round, singers only need ONE song selection prepared.
  • For the Second Round, singers will need TWO contrasting song selections.

Singers can choose either a Live Audition or an Online Audition for the First Round. All qualified singers advance to the Second Round in Chicago, May 23-26, at the annual CS Music Convention:

 

Live Auditions

  • Each singer will perform one selection of his or her choice in its entirety.
    • An accompanist will be provided but singers can bring their own.
    • There is no time to practice with the accompanist beforehand.
    • Selections must be performed with piano accompaniment only.
    • Original music is not required. If using copies, please put your music into a 3-ring binder with anti-glare sheet protectors for the accompanist. Please no bound books.
    • Singers should have all repertoire memorized.

Online Auditions

  • Each singer will record ONE selection of his or her choice it its entirety.
    • PLEASE do not use microphones.
    • Accompaniment options:
    • Upload your recording to YouTube and post as Public or Unlisted.
    • Within your CS Music applications page, paste the URL of your YouTube selection and Submit.
    • Judges will give a scored evaluation and and written feedback. 
    • Participants will be notified via email when results are available.
    • Click Here for more details.

At the Live Audition:

  • Wear daytime audition attire; no formal wear.
  • Check in at the registration desk at least 20 minutes prior to your scheduled competition time. (Times will  be assigned and emailed out to participants approximately 1-2 weeks before the competition date. Check your competition application for times and locations: www.csmusic.net/applications.
  • The on-site representative will direct singers to the warm-up rooms. Warm-up rooms may or may not have an available piano, depending upon the host school.
  • Stand outside the performance room until the on-site representative directs entrance.
  • The singer will have a brief moment to go over the selection with the provided accompanist.
  • When the singer is ready to perform, he or she should introduce themselves by giving their full name and the title of the selection.
  • The singer will present the selection in its entirety.
  • Unless the host school otherwise specifies, the First Round is an open competition. However, space might be limited depending upon the size of each performance room.
  • No personal video or audio recordings are allowed.

 

General Repertoire Guidelines

Classical Divisions

  • Singers should choose art songs or arias at a level appropriate to their vocal development.
  • One selection in its entirety is required for the First Round – both Live Auditions and Online Auditions.
  • Two contrasting song selections are required for the Second Round in Chicago.
    • One selection should be in a language other than English

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.
  • One selection in its entirety is required for the First Round – both Live Auditions and Online Auditions.
  • Two contrasting song selections are required for the Second Round in Chicago.

 

Scholarships

  • More than $3,200,000 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.
  • $15,000 in cash prizes will also be given to the national winners at the Grand Finale Concert.
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