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Divisions

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  • 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

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General

  • The $85 competition registration fee incudes:
    • All rounds of the Competition
    • CS Convention Classes
    • CS Convention Concerts
    • College Expo and Exhibitor Hall
  • Singers may participate at multiple locations (online or live) and in multiple categories (classical and musical theatre), but they must pay a new registration fee for each location or submission. Singers may not participate in multiple divisions within a category.
  • Competition times for the live locations will be assigned and posted on each participant's CSmusic.net account.
  • Daytime audition attire is appropriate for for the First, Second, and Semifinal Rounds; formal wear should only be worn at the Final Round Concert.
  • Cancellation and Transfer Policies:
    • Any cancellation must be received within 1 week of registration. These cancellations are eligible for a full refund less $25 cancellation fee.
    • There is a $15 fee to switch First Round locations (upon availability) or transfer registrations to a different person.

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Repertoire Selection

  • Classical Divisions
    • Singers should choose contrasting selections (art songs or arias) for each round of the competition at a level appropriate to their vocal development.
    • Three selections are required for the live First Round locations.
    • Two selections in their entirety are required for the online First Round.
    • One selection in a language other than English is recommended.
    • French repertoire is encouraged to be considered for the FAVA Award in Excellence (High School Division not eligible).

  • Musical Theatre Divisions
    • Selections can come from Broadway, off-Broadway, and revival shows.
    • Both mix/belt and legit style singing are accepted and judged equally.
    • Singers should be able to demonstrate strong acting abilities as appropriate to the literature.
    • Repertoire should be in the original key.
    • Three selections are required for the live First Round locations.
    • Two selections in their entirety are required for the online First Round.

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First Round: Live Locations
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  • Singers should come prepared with THREE CONTRASTING SELECTIONS.
  • Singers will present the first selection of their choosing in its entirety.
  • Judges will then ask to hear a portion of a second selection.
  • Singers must bring at least one word-processed copies of their repertoire selections, including the singer's name and the titles and composers of the three selections. View SAMPLE list.
  • An accompanist will be provided, but singers are allowed to use their own accompanist if they want.
  • THERE WILL BE NO TIME TO PRACTICE BEFOREHAND WITH THE ACCOMPANIST.
  • Only 2 selections are required for the Second Round and 1 selection for the Semifinal and Final rounds.
  • Singers should have all repertoire memorized. They may still participate in the competition if they don’t, but they will be judged accordingly.
  • Selections must be performed with piano accompaniment only. No other accompanying instruments are allowed; no minus tracks or orchestral tracks.
  • Original music is not required. If using copies, please put your music into a 3-ring binder for the accompanist without sheet protectors.
  • Daytime audition attire; no formal wear.
  • Check in at the registration desk at least 20 minutes prior to their scheduled competition time.
  • The on-site representative will direct students to the warm-up rooms. Warm-up rooms may or may not have an available piano, depending upon the host school.
  • Stand outside the performance room until the on-site representative directs him or her to enter.
  • After the on-site representative directs the singer to enter the performance room, the singer should hand the judges their repertoire list and proceed to the designated performing area.
  • The singer will have a brief moment to go over the selection with the provided accompanist.
  • When the singer is ready to perform, he or she should introduce themselves by giving their full name and the title of the first selection.
  • The singer will present the first selection of his or her choice in its entirety (come prepared with 3 selections).
  • Judges will then ask to hear a second selection of their choice. They may listen to a portion of the selection or to the entire piece.
  • Unless the host school otherwise specifies, the First Round is an open competition. However, space might be limited depending upon the size of each performance room.
  • No personal video or audio recordings are allowed.

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First Round: Online Application

  • Registration deadline is May 1.
  • Submit your application any time before May 10.
  • The Online Application is submitted via CSmusic.net.
  • Singers will upload two contrasting selections and receive a scored evaluation from two university faculty or voice teachers.
  • Singers who receive an average score of 3 or higher (out of 5) advance to the Second Round in Chicago.

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First Round Winners

  • All winners are posted at www.classicalsinger.com/convention/competition/winners.php.
  • The judges will select the top half of participants from the First Round to advance to the National Rounds of the Competition.
  • Winners will be announced at the end of each specific location or posted online the week after the competition.
  • Most schools will host a brief awards ceremony to announce the names of the singers who advanced to the National Rounds.
  • Students are encouraged but not required to stay until the end of the Competition. The names of the winners will be posted ONLINE within a week of the Competition.
  • Comment sheets will either be given back to the students at the end of the day of the Competition or they will be mailed to the students in two to three months.
  • Participants who submit an Online Application will be notified of their advancement status within three weeks after they finalize their submission.
  • Anyone who advances to the National Rounds must confirm their participation in the Second Round by calling the CS Music office at 1-877-515-9800. Winners may also confirm their participation by emailing info@classicalsinger.com.
  • Second Round times will not be assigned until May 1.

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Final Rounds: Second, Semifinal and Final Round Concert

  • The Second, Semifinal, and Final Rounds of both Competitions and of all divisions will be held May 26-28 in Chicago at the Sheraton Hotel & Towers.
  • Two selections are required for the Second Round.
  • One selection is required for the Semifinal and Final Rounds.
  • Singers may choose new repertoire for the Second and Semifinal Rounds. However, singers must use the same repertoire in the Final Round as they used in the Semifinal Round.
  • Discounted hotel nights will be available online at www.classicalsinger.com/convention/hotel.php.
  • There are no additional registration fees, but singers who advance to the next round are responsible for all their travel and accommodation expenses.
  • Scholarships will be awarded at each of the Final Round Concerts during judges’ deliberation. Some scholarships might be awarded after the Preliminary Round.

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Scholarships & Cash Prizes

  • More than $2,100,000 of university and summer program scholarships will be offered to Competition participants. All singers who advance from the First Round are eligible to win a scholarship offer.
  • Scholarships are given completely at the discretion of the school offering it. The majority of the scholarships will go to juniors or sophomores as most seniors have already committed to a specifc school.
  • $18,000 in cash prizes will also be given to the national winners at the Winners Concert.

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