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2017 CS Vocal Competition
Classical and Musical Theatre Divisions

$20,000 in Cash Awards
$2.1 Million in Scholarships
Immediate Written Feedback

Prizes Include:
  • $4,000 First Place Emerging Professional Prize
  • Virtually Vocal Performance Contracts
  • William Lewis Award - $1,000 Cash Prize
  • The Chicago Prize - $600 from Musical Theater Songs
  • University of the Pacific Award - $1,000 Cash Prizes to winners of its First Round on Jan. 9

Divisions

  • Classical High School
    • Ages 14 - 19 as of May 26, 2017
    • Cannot be enrolled in a university program
    • Prize Money:
      • $1,000 First Place
      • $500 Second Place
      • $300 Third Place

  • Classical University - Intermediate
    • Ages 18-21 as of May 26, 2017
    • No undergraduate degree as of September 1, 2016
    • High school graduate or equivalent
    • Prize Money:
      • $1,000 First Place
      • $500 Second Place
      • $300 Third Place

  • Classical University - Advanced
    • Ages 21-26 as of May 26, 2017
    • No undergraduate degree as of September 1, 2016
    • High school graduate or equivalent
    • Prize Money:
      • $1,000 First Place
      • $500 Second Place
      • $300 Third Place

  • Classical Emerging Professional
    • No Age Limits
    • Undergraduate degree in vocal-related field recommended
    • No principal roles with A or B level companies
    • Prize Money:
      • $4,000 First Place
      • $2,000 Second Place
      • $1,000 Third Place
  • Musical Theatre High School
    • Ages 14 - 19 as of May 25, 2017
    • Cannot be enrolled in a university program
    • Prize Money:
      • $1,000 First Place
      • $500 Second Place
      • $300 Third Place

  • Musical Theatre Pre-Professional
    • No age limits
    • High school graduate or equivalent
    • Prize Money:
      • $1,500 First Place
      • $800 Second Place
      • $500 Third Place

First Round

  • Live Locations - View
    • November, 2016 - May, 2017
    • More than 40 different locations
    • Deadline for each location is the day before or when a location fills up (space varies at each location).
    • Daytime audition attire is appropriate
    • All qualified singers (at least the top half) advance to the Second Round in Chicago at the CS Convention, May 26-28
    • Singers can participate at multiple locations (both live and online) and they can sing for both divisions at a single location, but a separate registration is required for each application.

      Competition times will be displayed on the participant's
      CSmusic.net account:

      www.csmusic.net/applications


  • Online Application (More Details)
    • Complete an application via CSmusic.net.
    • Submit your application with your audio/video recordings any time before May 1, 2017.
    • Receive a scored evaluation and written feedback from university faculty.
    • Qualified scores advance to the Second Round.

Final Rounds at the CS Convention

  • May 26-28, 2017
  • Sheraton Hotel in Chicago, IL
  • No additional registration fee, but participants are responsible for their own travel, room, and board.

Registration Fee

  • $85, includes:
    • All rounds of the Competition
    • Accompanist if needed
    • CS Convention Classes and Concerts
    • College Expo Recruiting Fair


Competition Video

Testimonials

"The competition was a great environment in which to hone my performance skills and broaden my artistic creativity. The highlight was certainly the finals. It's one of those competitions where you can sense right away the growth you will experience."
- Zachary Elmassian, National Finalist, 2015

"I really had such an unbelievable experience at the convention and competition! I can't thank you all enough. The finals concert was thrilling--the crowd was so supportive and responsive! I learned an incredible amount throughout the whole weekend. I absolutely recommend the competition and convention to any and all singers!"
- Theresa Castillo, First Place Winner, Young Artist Division, 2014

"Thank you so much for such a thrilling and incredibly informative weekend! The whole conference was so much fun and I learned A LOT in the career classes I attended--even more than I expected! Everything you all are doing for young opera singers is incredible, and this whole conference was absolutely invaluable to me. I will definitely recommend it to my peers and colleagues!"
- Brian Michael Moore, First Place Winner, Classical University Division, 2014

"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, First Place Winner, Classical High School Division, 2013

"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., High School Participant Parent

"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, Competition Participant

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

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

“The Competition was incredible! I would recommend it to other singers without a doubt!”
- Daniel McGrew, First Place Winner, Classical High School Division, 2010











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