Ensemble Competition

Musical Theatre Ensemble Competition

May 25-26 in Chicago at the CS Music Convention



$500 First Place Prize and
Perform in the Grand Finale Concert




Registration includes all rounds of the Ensemble Competition, the College Expo Recruiting Fair, discounts to the Solo Vocal Competition, and free access to the Convention Masterclasses taught by university faculty and industry professionals.

2019 Event Details

  • May 23-26, 2019 at the Sheraton Grand Chicago at the CS Music Convention.
  • Discounted hotel rooms are available (click to find more details).
  • Ensemble participants can register individually for a free Convention Pass that includes all masterclasses and the Expo Recruiting Fair. Participants can also do the Solo Competition at a discounted rate (email support@csmusic.net to get the coupon code for the free passes).
  • First Round, Saturday, May 25, 7 – 9 p.m.
  • Grand Finale Concert, Sunday, May 26, 7 – 9 p.m.

Some of the colleges coming include:

  • Eastman
  • New England Conservatory
  • UCLA
  • Univ of Michigan
  • Univ of Miami
  • Berklee College
  • San Francisco Conservatory
  • Hofstra
  • LSU
  • SUNY Potsdam
  • Temple Univ
  • Univ of South Carolina
  • Univ of Southern California
  • Cleveland Institute
  • Rutgers
  • Pepperdine
  • Oberlin
  • Northwestern
  • BYU
  • Boston Univ
  • Arizona State
  • Univ of Houston


Small Ensemble Division

Large Ensemble Division

  • 2-5 People
  • Ages 13-19
  • $125 Registration Fee
  • 6 or more People
  • Ages 13-19
  • $395 Registration Fee

Rules and Format

  • Registration Fee includes all rounds of the Ensemble Competition (an invoice will be sent upon completion of registration).
  • Selections must be from Broadway or off-Broadway, past or present.
  • Solos within the selection will be acceptable, but emphasis will be given to ensemble work and interpretation of the selection.
  • Costumes and props will not be mandatory, but will be acceptable.
  • Judging will focus on singing and acting ability with appropriate blocking and movement. Dance choreography is acceptable but technique will not be judged.
  • Judges consist of faculty members from music schools and industry professionals.
  • Each ensemble will have 3-7 minutes to perform one individual song.
  • No compilations are allowed.
  • Each ensemble will have an opportunity to give a brief one to two sentence introduction of their selection before their time starts.


Other Events for Ensemble Participants


Convention Classes

Four days of masterclasses taught by faculty and industry experts.

Recruiting Fair

More than 90 schools eager to recruit top singers.

Solo Competition

$2 million in scholarships awarded annually. Discounts available for Ensemble participants.



Ensemble Competition Feedback

“It was a great honor for our ensemble to perform at the Grand Finale Concert in Boston this past May. This was such a rewarding experience for me and my students…
…I cannot thank CS Music enough for this amazing opportunity for my students. Each one of them who performed is now planning to pursue a career in this field and use this experience and the skills gained in order to make a life in Musical Theater. If you have the opportunity to participate in this Musical Theater Ensemble Competition don’t hesitate! Your students will thank you!”

Sam Bianco, Director, Somerset High School (MA)


Registration deadline is April 1, 2018. Register by clicking the button below.



2018 Showcase Ensemble, Somerset High School (MA)