Ensemble Competition

2020 Ensemble Competition

May 21-24 in Washington, D.C. 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.

2020 Event Details

  • May 21-24, 2020 at the Marriott Wardman Hotel at the CS Music Convention.
  • Discounted hotel rooms will be available.
  • Ensemble participants will be registered individually for a free Convention Pass that includes all four days of 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).
  • First Round, Saturday, May 23.
  • Grand Finale Concert, Sunday, May 24, 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





  • Musical Theatre Small Ensemble
  • Musical Theatre Large Ensemble
  • Musical Theatre Small Ensemble
  • Musical Theatre Large Ensemble
  • Opera Scenes

Rules and Format

  • Small Ensemble consists of 2-5 participants. Large Ensemble consists of 6 or more participants.
  • High School division is ages 13-18. College is ages 18+.
  • Registration Fee is $395 for Large Ensembles, $295 for Opera Scenes, and $125 for Small Ensembles. The fee includes all rounds of the Ensemble Competition (an invoice will be sent upon completion of registration).
  • Musical Theatre selections must be from Broadway, Broadway Revue, or off-Broadway, past or present. Opera scenes may include opera from Baroque to the present.
  • Solos within the selection are acceptable, but emphasis is given to ensemble work and interpretation of the selection.
  • Costumes and props are not be mandatory, but are acceptable.
  • Judging focuses on singing and acting ability with appropriate blocking and movement. Dance choreography is acceptable and appropriate but technique is not judged.
  • Judges consist of faculty members from music schools and industry professionals.
  • Each ensemble will have 3-10 minutes to perform one individual selection.
  • Standard cuts are allowed.
  • Compilations are not 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, 2020. Register by clicking the button below.



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