The 17th Annual Collegiate Vocal Competition

Grand Rapids, MI USA
02/01/2021 deadline
$100.00 fee

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Opera Grand Rapids is proud to announce its 2020/21 Collegiate Vocal Competition!

The 17th annual Collegiate Vocal Competition is an opportunity for college-level voice students to compete for cash prizes and receive feedback from adjudicators who themselves are acclaimed opera artists. Opera Grand Rapids brings world-class professionals into its adjudication process in order to give contestants meaningful instruction and critique.

The competition enters its second year in a new format: first-round applications are now submitted online, and 10 finalists will perform in the final-round concert at the Betty Van Andel Opera Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on April 3, 2021.


Entrants must be enrolled as an undergraduate at a higher-education institution in the United States as of February 1, 2021.

Entrants must be under the age of 25 as of February 1, 2021

First-Round Application

Contestants must submit several materials for the first round:

1. Video recordings of two arias

At least one piece must be in a language other than English.

At least one piece must have been composed in 1950 or later.

2. Written response to the given prompt

2020 has forced artists—especially singers—to face unprecedented challenges, from the COVID-19 pandemic to a racial reckoning. What have you done to make your art relevant and accessible, and how are you using your art to better the lives of others?

3. Application fee, payable online through Acceptd

$30 for students who attend a school in the Opera Grand Rapids Collegiate Consortium

$100 for all other students

4. Résumé

5. Headshot

6. Photocopy of an ID with date of birth clearly displayed

Application deadline: Feb 1, 2021.

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