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Two more chances to Sing:

Texas Online Round
Deadline May 1
(open to singers from anywhere)

Texas Live Round
May 22-23
(open to singers from anywhere)

Plus, every participant gets into the High School and University Masterclasses
and the Expo at the CS Convention for FREE!


"Thank you for the Classical Singer Convention and Competition! The invaluable courses and connections, the friends I made, the chance to perform in front of hundreds of people, and the scholarships I received all would not be possible without this great event!"

- Aaron Bigeleisen, 1st Place Winner of the 2013 Classical Singer High School Division

Classical Competition
Preliminary Round | Live Locations | Final Rounds


  • Singers will prepare 3 selections for the live round or 2 for the online round.
  • Selections should be contrasting (art songs or arias).
  • At least one song should be in a language other than English, at a level appropriate to your vocal development.


    • High School Division
      • Ages 14 - 18 as of May 24, 2014.
      • Cannot be enrolled in a university program.

    • University Division
      • Ages 18 - 25 as of May 25, 2014.
      • No undergraduate degree as of September 1, 2013.

    • Young Artist Division
      • Ages 21 - 32 as of May 25, 2014.
        • Ages 21 - 25 must have an undergraduate degree.
        • No degree requirements for ages 25 - 32.

Musical Theatre Competition
Preliminary Round | Live Locations | Final Rounds


  • Selections can come from Broadway, off-Broadway, and revival shows.
  • Recommended one pre-1965 selection and one contemporary selection (later than 1975).
  • Singers shoud demonstrate their full vocal range and different vocal sonorities as well as contrasting styles (uptempo/ballad).
  • Singers should also be able to demonstrate strong acting abilities as appropriate to the literature.


    • High School
      • Ages 14 - 18 as of May 25, 2014.
      • Cannot be enrolled in a university program.

    • University/Young Artist Division
      • Ages 18 - 32 as of May 25, 2014.

Preliminary Rounds
(For both Classical and Musical Theatre competitions.)

    • Live Round (View Locations)
      • November, 2013 - April, 2014
      • More than 50 different locations.
      • Deadline for each location is the day before or when a location fills up (space varies at each location).
      • Top half from each location advance to the Final Rounds at the CS Convention in San Antonio.
      • Singers can participate at multiple locations (both live and online) or they can sing for both competitions at a single location, but they need to register separately for each application.

        Competition times will be assigned 1-2 weeks prior to a live location and will be displayed on at (you must be logged into the account used to register for the competition to view the time):

    • Online Round (More Details)
      • Complete a Competition Application via
      • Submit your application with your audio/video recordings any time before April 17, 2014.
      • Receive a scored evaluation and written feedback from university faculty.
      • Qualified scores (at least the top half) advance to the Final Rounds.

Final Rounds at the CS Convention
(For both Classical and Musical Theatre competitions.)

    • May 23-25, 2014
    • Westin Riverwalk, San Antonio
    • Top half from each live Preliminary Round location and qualified singers from the Online Round advance to the Final Rounds in San Antonio.
    • Includes the Second Round, the Semifinal Round, and the Final Round Concert for all divisions in both competitions.

Registration Fee Includes:
(For both Classical and Musical Theatre competitions.)

    • $85, includes:
      • All rounds of the Competition.
      • Accompanist if needed.
      • College Expo Recruiting Fair and High School Masterclasses.
      • 6-month Web Subscription to Classical Singer magazine & Auditions Plus.


"The Classical Singer Competition and Convention was probably the single most important thing our family did in preparation for applying to college. Having the opportunity to meet professors and learn about their programs first hand and participating in the masterclasses was invaluable. I can't imagine going through the process without the important information we learned--this should be a required event for anyone wanting to study voice."
- Jennifer S., Parent of 2012 High School Participant

"Not a day passes that I don't benefit from something I learned from that great weekend. It was a wonderful gift to those of us who participated."
- John Way, Paradise Valley, AZ

“The Competition talent was mind-blowing!!!”
- Caroline Smith, DePauw University

“. . . a tremendous learning opportunity—singing for and receiving written feedback from voice professors was invaluable.”
- Mary-Liz O’Neill, Huntington, NY

“The Competition was incredible! I would recommend it to other singers without a doubt!”
- Daniel McGrew, Orange, CA

“The Competition was an amazing experience!”
- Samantha Hankey, Marshfield, MA

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