Vocal Competition

2017-2018 Vocal Schedule and Instructions

The Young Artists Festival vocal competition will be held Saturday, October 14, 2017 at the Thornton Arts and Cultural Center (TACC) located at 9209 Dorothy Blvd.  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.


  • 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.
  • For the 2017-2018 vocal competition, students may enter one selection they have performed from a previous festival.
  • 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.
  • Award-winning vocalists will be expected to perform in the final concert on April 14, 2018 at the Rosa Auditorium.


Vocalists will be divided into four divisions according to their age as of September 1, 2017.  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. 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


All students will perform for a panel of judges during public recitals beginning at 9 am on Saturday, October 14th, 2017 at TACC (9209 Dorothy Blvd).  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 7th.

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



Senior B Senior A Intermediate Junior
1st Place $400 $200 $100 $50
2nd Place $200 $100 $50 $25
3rd Place $100 $75 $25 $15



Vocalists must submit an entrance fee of $30 by October 1, 2017 (late entries will be accepted until October 6th with a $40 entry fee).  Payment can be made by credit card, online, check, or money order.  Checks/money orders can be mailed to the following address:

Young Artists Alliance

P.O. Box 807

Eastlake, CO 80612

Before you register, we ask that you take some time to go through the following checklist to make sure that you have all the information you need to complete your registration.

Verify your competition(s) performance selections. Do they meet the criteria? Check the title and composer for spelling accuracy.
Have you timed your performances?
Draft your program bio before you register. You are asked to write a few sentences about your background. Tell about other performing arts areas of study, other interests and hobbies. What are your long-term goals as they relate to the arts?
Decide on your payment method. Have your credit card ready or mail your check to the following address: Young Artists Alliance, P.O. Box 807, Eastlake, CO 80614

IMPORTANT: As you register the First Name should be the Credit Card Holder. The 2nd Name should be the student’s name as it should appear in the program.

If you can complete the checklist above you are ready to register. Please proceed to the registration site: 2017-2018 Young Artists Festival Registration