Vocal Competition

Vocal Competition Instructions

To participate students need to meet the eligibility requirements listed under the Program Overview.

The goal of the vocal competition is to nurture young vocal students by providing an opportunity to perform, receive professional critique, and be honored through scholarships.

Requirements:

  • All vocalists are required to prepare solos of quality literature and to perform selected music as written.  Highly-edited arrangements require accurate classical interpretations.
  • The first selection should be a folk song, art song or opera presentation and should be performed in the classical style. Overt dramatic gestures are not permitted for this selection.
  • The second selection — Disney, musical theater, foreign language or Gilbert and Sullivan — may contain dramatic interpretation and gestures. Props are not allowed. Music representing pop culture is also not acceptable.
  • Memorization is required.
  • Students must limit their performance to 10 minutes.  Should a student’s performance exceed 10 minutes, he/she will be asked to stop.
  • Students are required to furnish their own piano accompanist.  We recommend that teachers do not accompany their own students. CDs are not permitted.  Any variation of this requirement must be approved by administrators.

Divisions:

Vocalists will be divided into four divisions according to their age as of September 1, 2021.  Festival administrators reserve the right to combine or add divisions as necessary to assure an equitable competition.

Junior Division (ages 10-12): Students are required to prepare two songs of contrasting styles and musical periods.

  1. A folksong or art song performed in classical style
  2. A musical theater selection or a song from the Disney Musical repertoire

Intermediate Division (ages 13-14): Students are required to prepare two songs of contrasting styles and musical periods.

  1. Either an English or foreign art song, or a classically set folk song
  2. A musical theater selection or Gilbert and Sullivan

Senior A Division (ages 15-16): Students are required to prepare two songs of contrasting styles and musical periods.

  1. A foreign language art song or an aria
  2. A musical theater selection or Gilbert and Sullivan

Senior B Division (ages 17-through High School Graduation): Students are required to prepare three songs of contrasting styles and musical periods. One of these selections may be from previous festival competitions. Vocalists will perform two selections. The student will choose the first selection to be performed and a judge will choose the second selection.

  1. An Italian art song or aria
  2. A foreign language art song or aria, original language (Italian not accepted)
  3. A musical theater selection or Gilbert and Sullivan

Judging:

All students will perform for a panel of judges during public recitals tentatively set for Saturday, April 3, 2022.  Location is still to be determined.  Teachers, family and friends are welcome to attend at no cost.   Performance order will be determined by random draw.  The competition will be judged on musicianship, technique, presentation, communication, and accuracy.

The vocal competition schedule will be posted online once registrations have been processed.  Changes to this schedule will be considered until October 5.

Any questions regarding scheduling and acceptable repertoire should be e-mailed to youngartistsalliance@comcast.net.

Awards

  Senior B Senior A Intermediate Junior
1st Place $400 $200 $100 $50
2nd Place $200 $100 $50 $25
Divisions featuring
seven or more students
may receive additional awards.

Registration

To Be Determined