Commonly Asked Questions

  • How many participants are there and how many advance?
    • First Round (Approximately):
      • 1,200 nationwide for the First Round (75% CL, 25% MT)
        • HS – 600, Univ 1,2 – 300, Emerging Pro – 300
      • Second Round (Approximately):
        • Musical Theatre: HS – 150, Pre Pro – 75
        • Classical: HS – 250, Univ 1 – 140, Univ 2 – 80, Emerging Pro – 175
      • Semifinal Round:
        • Musical Theatre: HS – 32, Pre Pro – 20
        • Classical: HS – 40, Univ 1 – 22, Univ 2 – 18, Emerging Pro – 35
      • Final Round:
        • Musical Theatre: HS – 10, Pre Pro – 8
        • Classical: HS – 10, Univ 1 – 7, Univ 2 – 5, Emerging Pro – 8

 

  • Where do I go when I arrive at the hotel?
    • IF YOU HAVE TIME when you arrive,
      • Check in at the Convention Registration desk:
        • On Thursday, 10 am – 6 pm: Located on the 3rd floor near the Chi Bar
        • On Friday and Saturday, 9 am – 6 pm: Located on the 4th Floor near the Ballrooms
      • Grab your name badge, registration materials (magazine and inserts), concert ticket, and lanyard.
    • IF YOU DON’T when you arrive:
      • Go directly to the Second Floor where all of the competition rooms are located.
      • Grab your registration materials later—you don’t need a name badge to compete.
    • Check your CS Music account for your time and room.
    • Check in at your assigned room at least 20 minutes before assigned time. There will be a room monitor with a clip board there to check you in.

 

  • What MATERIALS do I need to bring when I sing and what is the FORMAT?
    • You should have a word-processed copy of your repertoire to give the judges each round; one copy is sufficient.
    • You don’t need to wear your name badge when you sing, but you will need it for classes.
    • Have your sheet music ready. Original music is not required. If you’re using copies, put your music into a 3-ring binder with non-glare sheet protectors for the accompanist. And please no bound books.
    • For the First Round, you have 8 minutes. Only one song is required, but you can sing a portion of a second selection if time remains.
    • For the Second Round, you have 7 minutes. Two songs are required and you sing the entire first selection of your choice. The judges may ask for a portion of second selection if time remains.
    • For the Semifinal Round, you sing the entire selection of your choice.
    • For the Final Round, you sing the entire selection of your choice. It is recommended that you use the same repertoire as from previous rounds.

 

  • What ATTIRE is appropriate—what do I wear?

 

  • What about the ACCOMPANISTS?
    • The accompanists are great! They have worked with us for many years and are very capable of sight-reading.
    • You will have a minute to talk to the accompanist beforehand, but you won’t have any time to practice with the accompanist.

 

  • Are there WARM UP ROOMS?
    • There are warm up rooms on second floor. There is a sing at the bottom of the escalator with the names of the rooms.
    • Rooms are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please limit your time to 15 minutes.
    • There is not a piano in the rooms, but you can download the free warm up/practice tool Appcompanist at csmusic.info/appcompanist and use your phone.

 

  • What about COMMENT SHEETS? When do I get those?
    • We’ll have the comment sheets ready for you the day after you sing. They are at the CS Music table in the Expo Hall, 9 am – 4 pm, toward the back. There’s a sign there and there is a CS Music table cloth.
    • If you don’t pick up your comment sheets they will be emailed back to you in June.

 

  • When and how do I find out the RESULTS?
    • We’ll post results AFTER the completion of each round online at csmusic.info/winners and at the hotel near the Convention registration desk. We’ll also email singers and post your results on your CSmusic.net account.
    • Here’s the approximate times results will be posted:
      • CL and MT First Round – Thursday night at 9 pm
      • MT Second Round – Saturday at 1:30 pm
      • CL Second Round – Saturday at 10 pm
      • MT Semifinal Round – Saturday at 10 pm
      • Ensemble Competition – Saturday at 10 pm
      • CL Semifinal Round – Sunday at 1:30 pm
      • CL and MT Final Round – Sunday at 7 pm at the Grand Finale Awards Concert

 

  • What about SCHOLARSHIPS?
    • To be considered for specific scholarships, go sign up at the Scholarship Table in the Expo Hall. There is a book for each program that is offering a scholarship. The schools and programs will choose from the list of singers who sign up in their book.
    • You don’t have to be a competition winner to get a scholarship offer.
    • We’ll announce the scholarship winners at the Grand Finale Awards Concert on Sunday at 7 pm.

 

  • What about classes? How do I sing in MASTERCLASSES?
    • Your name badge gets you into any of the classes. Go to as many as you want.
    • If you want to sing in the masterclass:
      • Purchase a “Guaranteed-to-Sing” spot for a specific class. Purchase those online at csmusic.info/schedule or at the Convention Registration desk. $55/sign up and limit 4.
      • Sign up on a Waiting List for a specific class at the Exhibitor’s table in the Expo Hall on the day of the class you want to sign up for.
      • Go to any class and volunteer at the class.