Second & Final Rounds FAQ

Second, Semifinal, and Final Rounds

All events are at the Marriott Wardman Hotel.

Book your discounted rooms before May 1.

In order to receive a Second Round time, you need to first confirm your participation via your account or by emailing

If you have challenging music you can submit your selections to the pianists on the Repertoire Request Form.

Schedule and Format

  • First Round
    • Thursday, May 21 for all divisions
      • You have 8 minutes to sing one song selection in its entirety and then a portion of a second selection as time permits.
  • Second Round
    • Friday and Saturday, May 22-23 for all divisions
      • 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. You can use the same selections as from the First Round.
  • Semifinal Round
    • Saturday, May 23 for Musical Theatre
    • Sunday, May 24 for Classical
      • You sing one entire selection of your choice. You can use the same selection from a previous round.
  • Final Round
    • Sunday, May 24 for all divisions
      • You sing the entire selection of your choice. It is recommended that you use the same repertoire from the Semifinal Round.


Materials to Bring

  • 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.




  • 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.


When You Arrive

  • IF YOU HAVE TIME when you arrive,
    • Check in at the Convention Registration desk on the first floor of the hotel.
    • Grab your name badge, registration materials (magazine and inserts), concert ticket, and lanyard.
  • IF YOU DON’T when you arrive:
    • Go directly to the competition rooms.
    • 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 clipboard there to check you in.


Warm Up Rooms

  • There are warm up rooms on the bottom floor of the hotel; there will be signs pointing to 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 and use your phone.

Comment Sheets

  • 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 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.


Competition Results

  • We’ll post results AFTER the completion of each round online at and at the hotel near the Convention registration desk. We’ll also email singers and post your results on your 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



  • To be considered for specific scholarships, go sign up at the Scholarship Table near the Competition Information desk. 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 7:00 p.m.


  • Your name badge gets you into any of the classes. Go to as many as you want.
  • To sing in a masterclass, you must have an Attendee or Teacher Pass.
  • There are three ways to sing in the masterclass:
    1. Sign up online and be guaranteed 10 minutes to work with the presenter. Online signups begin March 17th and end at 6 am the day of the class. $55 per sign up. Purchase those online at
    2. Sign up in person at the exhibitors’ College Expo & Exhibitor table the day of the class for free. If the class presenter doesn’t have a College Expo & Exhibitor table or if the class is on Thursday, you can sign up in the class.
    3. Go to any class and volunteer at the class.



  • 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


College Expo & Exhibiting

Friday, May 22 – Sunday, May 24
(Free for all Competition participants; no additional registration necessary.)

  • Meet with undergraduate and graduate representatives from premier vocal programs as you find the right school for you. Faculty and admission officers from more than 70 of the top schools in the nation will be at the Expo to help you find the school that fits you the best.
  • Who’s coming?
    • Eastman, New England Conservatory, Boston Conservatory, UCLA, San Francisco, BYU, Michigan, and dozens of others.
    • View List of Exhibitors
  • Exhibitor Area Open:
    • Friday, May 22; 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, May 23; 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • Sunday, May 24; 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
      • Note: Schools don’t always stay for all three days of the Expo, so be sure to check the exhibit hall each day for the schools of your choice.


Any questions?

Email or call 877-515-9800.