2018 GUIDE TO COMPETITIONS


Jensen Foundation Vocal Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
The Jensen Foundation auditions 100 of America's most promising young opera singers and chooses 12 to perform in its Finals Competition. Singers compete for more than $40,000 in awards, including $15,000 for First Place.
MAIN OFFICE
220 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
UNITED STATES
lisa@jensenfoundation.org
WEBSITE
http://www.jensenfoundation.org
ELIGIBILITY
To be eligible to compete, you:
- Must NOT be a previous first-, second-, or third-place award winner of the Jensen Foundation Vocal Competition;
- Must be a permanent legal resident of the United States;
- Must be between the ages of 25 and 35;
- Must submit a resume that demonstrates your active pursuit of a career in opera;
- Must not be a past or current recipient of a contract for a principal role with an OPERA America Budget Level I company or its international equivalent;
- Must submit a completed application online by Sunday, March 18, 2018.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Voice
DETAILS
Travel Covered? No
Frequency Annual
Cash prizes More than $50,000
Jury chair(s) Not provided
Jury size 1 to 5
Application deadline March 18, 2018
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
Auditions for the 2018 Jensen Foundation Vocal Competition take place May 21-24, 2018 at Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York, USA.
FINALS (live rounds)
The Finals of the 2018 Jensen Foundation Vocal Competition take place May 26, 2018 at Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York, USA.
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
First place winners:
2017 Andrey Nemzer (countertenor)
2016 Adam Lau (bass)
2015 John Brancy (baritone)
2010 Andrew Garland (baritone)
2009 Anthony Roth Costanzo (countertenor)
SOCIAL LINKS

The Kuleshov International Piano Festival and Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
The Kuleshov Festival and Competition is a biennial piano competition for high school and college students age 15-24 held on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, OK. Participants and audiences enjoy a weekend of guest artist recitals, interest sessions, masterclasses and attending the competition performances.
MAIN OFFICE
The University of Central Oklahoma
School of Music
100 North University Drive
Edmond, OK
73034
UNITED STATES
Spollack@uco.edu
WEBSITE
http://www.thekuleshov.com
ELIGIBILITY
Ages 15-24
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Piano
DETAILS
Travel Covered? No
Frequency Biennial
Cash prizes $10,000 to $50,000
Jury chair(s) Sallie Pollack, Associate Professor of Collaborative Piano, UCO
Jury size 1 to 5
Application deadline January 15, 2017
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
Semifinals take place in Edmond, Oklahoma on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma on Feb. 24, 2018.
FINALS (live rounds)
Finals take place in Edmond, Oklahoma on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma on Feb. 25, 2018.
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2016 Yuan Liu (college); John Cao and Daniel Mangiaracino (high school)

The Lotte Lenya Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
A unique international theater singing contest that emphasizes wide-ranging repertoire and the acting of songs and arias within a dramatic context. The competition recognizes talented young singer/actors who are dramatically and musically convincing in repertoire ranging from opera/operetta to contemporary Broadway scores, including the works of Kurt Weill.
MAIN OFFICE
The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music
7 East 20th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10003
UNITED STATES
kwfinfo@kwf.org
WEBSITE
http://www.kwf.org
ELIGIBILITY
Open to singer/actors of all nationalities, ages 19–32
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Voice
DETAILS
Travel Covered? Yes
Frequency Annual
Cash prizes More than $50,000
Jury chair(s) Not provided
Jury size 1 to 5
Application deadline January 22, 2018
Application notes The deadline to submit a video audition for the preliminary round is January 22, 2018.
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
March 8-9, 2018, Manhattan School of Music, New York, USA
FINALS (live rounds)
April 14, 2018, Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY, USA
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2017 Bradley Smoak
2016 Brian Vu, singer/actor
2016 Jim Schubin, singer/actor
2015 Lauren Michelle, singer/actor
2014 Ben Edquist
2013 Douglas Carpenter, singer/actor
SOCIAL LINKS

The Gerda Lissner Foundation in Association with the Liederkranz Foundation
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
Winners are granted awards ranging from $ 1,000 to $ 15,000 based upon placement in the competition. A total of $ 100,000 will be awarded in prizes.Winners concert May 6,2018 Zankel Hall Carnegie Hall.
MAIN OFFICE
15 East 65th Street
New York NY 10065
UNITED STATES
gerdalissner@aol.com
WEBSITE
http://www.gerdalissner.org/
ELIGIBILITY
General Division 21-35 years of age only; Wagnerian Division 30-45 years of age only
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Voice
DETAILS
Travel Covered? No
Frequency Annual
Cash prizes More than $50,000
Jury chair(s) Stephen De Maio, President
Jury size 6 to 10
Application deadline March 1, 2018
Application notes Applications must be received by Thursday, March 1, 2018 5:00 PM EST by email and must be typed, handwritten applications are not accepted.
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
Preliminaries held at the Liederkranz Foundation, 6 East 87th Street, New York NY 10128
General Division: April 2 through 5, 2018; Wagnerian Division April 6, 2018
FINALS (live rounds)
April 7, 2018: General Division and Wagnerian Division, the Liederkranz Foundation, 6 East 87th Street, New York 10128
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Not open to the public
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2017 Andre Courville, bass baritone
2017 Vanessa Vasquez, soprano
2016 Sean Plumb, baritone
2016 Galeano Salas, tenor
2015 Reginald Smith, baritone

Lyon International Chamber Music Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
Member of the WFIMC. More than 900 chamber artists have taken part to the CIMCL from 2004. Broadcast on France musique radio and streaming on NoMadMusic. A large audience follows the competition in the most beautiful halls of Lyon city (Opéra, Auditorium, Université Hall).
MAIN OFFICE
54 Rue du 1er Mars 1943
69100 Villeurbanne
FRANCE
contact@cimcl.fr
WEBSITE
http://www.cimcl.fr
ELIGIBILITY
All nationalities, artists born under 35 years old
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Piano • Strings • Voice •
DETAILS
Travel Covered? No
Frequency Annual
Cash prizes More than €50,000
Additional prizes Performances
Jury chair(s) n.n.
Jury size 6 to 10
Application deadline January 15, 2018
Application notes January (approximately) of each year.
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
April 12, 2018: Piano trio - Université Lumière Lyon 2, Lyon, France
FINALS (live rounds)
April 13, 2018: Piano trio, Université Lumière Lyon 2, Lyon, France
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2017 Ensemble Ouranos, Woodwind quintet (Paris)
2016 Marius Urba, cello and Vita Kahn, piano (Leipzig)
2015 Castalian Quartet (London)
2014 Diana Tishchenko, violin and Joachim Carr (Berlin), piano duo
2013 Cyril Dubois, tenor and Tristan Raës, piano (Paris)
2012 Eburon Brass Quintett (Bruxels)
2011 Van Baerle Trio (Amsterdam)
2009 Hermès Quartet (Lyon)
2008 Quintette K, woodwind quintet (Lyon)
2007 Eugen Tischindeleanu, violin and Nozomi Matsumoto, piano (Paris)
2006 Yumiko Tanimura, soprano and Jonas Vitaud, piano (Paris)
2005 Or Notes Brass Quintet (Paris)
2004 Trio di Parma (Italia)
SOCIAL LINKS

M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
M-Prize aims to
-Identify and showcase the highest caliber of international chamber arts ensembles
-Provide a world-class performance and adjudication platform for the chamber arts
-Launch and advance the careers of chamber ensembles through prizes, visibility, and professional development opportunities
-Evolve the breadth and depth of the chamber arts landscape
MAIN OFFICE
M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition
University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance
1100 Baits Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
UNITED STATES
mprizedirector@umich.edu
WEBSITE
http://mprize.umich.edu
ELIGIBILITY
Junior Division: 18 years and under; Senior Division: average age does not 35, with no individual member over 40 years of age. Senior Division ensembles may contain members younger than 19 years of age; Ensembles must have 2-10 members with one member per part. Ensembles may not include conductors. Please see full eligibility requirements on the M-Prize website.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Piano • Strings • Voice • Winds • Open (ensembles of any instrumentation/genre)
DETAILS
Travel Covered? No
Frequency Annual
Cash prizes None
Additional prizes Performances
Jury chair(s) Not provided
Jury size 11 or more
Application deadline January 15, 2018
FINALS (live rounds)
May 6, 2018: The M-Prize Winner is selected from one of three 1st Place Laureate Ensembles from the Senior Division during the gala Concert at Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan USA.
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2017 Russian Renaissance
2016 Calidore String Quartet
SOCIAL LINKS

The Mahler Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
The competition is one of the most important events of its kind anywhere in the world. It has attracted entries from more than 1,600 young conductors of all nationalities. Only 65 candidates have been invited to Bamberg and of those barely twelve have made it to the finals.
MAIN OFFICE
Bamberger Symphoniker - Bayerische Staatsphilharmonie
Mussstrasse 1
D-96047 Bamberg
GERMANY
info@themahlercompetition.com
WEBSITE
http://www.themahlercompetition.com
ELIGIBILITY
Young Conductors not older than 35 years on January 1, 2020
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Conducting
DETAILS
Travel Covered? Yes
Frequency Triennial
Cash prizes More than €50,000
Additional prizes Performances
Management
Jury chair(s) to be announced
Jury size 11 or more
Application deadline October 31, 2018
Application notes applications will be open mid 2019, please check our website for further information!
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
2020, Konzerthalle, Bamberg, Germany
FINALS (live rounds)
2020, Konzerthalle, Bamberg, Germany
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2016 Ka Chun Wong
2013 Lahav Shani
2010 Ainars Rubikis
2007 Shi-Yeon Sung
2004 Gustavo Dudamel
SOCIAL LINKS

Eleanor McCollum Competition
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
The Eleanor McCollum Competition and Concert of Arias is the primary recruitment tool for the HGO Studio. Applicants can be considered for the HGO Studio, the Competition, or both, and applicants do not need to be a prize winner to be invited to the Studio.
MAIN OFFICE
510 Preston Street
Houston, TX 77002
UNITED STATES
studio@hgo.org
WEBSITE
https://www.houstongrandopera.org/studio/the-eleanor-mccollum-competition
ELIGIBILITY
All classical singers of any age and nationality; the application requests that singers over the age of 30 explain why the HGO Studio is the next step in their careers
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Voice
DETAILS
Travel Covered? Yes
Frequency Annual
Cash prizes $10,000 to $50,000
Jury chair(s) Patrick Summers, Perryn Leech, and a Guest Judge
Jury size 1 to 5
Application deadline September 23, 2018
Application notes Applications for the 2018-19 Studio and the 2018 Eleanor McCollum Competition are closed; applications for the 2019-20 Studio and the 2019 Eleanor McCollum Competition will be announced in summer of 2018.
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
Preliminary auditions will be held in Houston, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and New York City in November-December 2018. Semifinal auditions will be held in Houston in January 2019.
FINALS (live rounds)
Final auditions will be held in Houston in late January 2019, culminating in the Eleanor McCollum Competition and Concert of Arias on February 1, 2019.
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
Previous winners include Jamie Barton, Joyce DiDonato, Ana María Martínez, Ryan McKinny, and Tamara Wilson
SOCIAL LINKS


 

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