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  • First Round at a Live Location or via the Online Round before April 1.
  • Second, Semifinal, and Final Rounds at the CS Convention in Chicago, May 21-24, 2015.

New Divisions:

  • Mix/Belt
    • Chest voice dominant that incorporates a speech-level style of singing and involves a narrowing and a brightening of sound. Traditional and contemporary stylistic elements allowed.

  • Legit
    • Head register dominant, classically sung with a lyrical style. Vocal tone will have chiaroscuro fullness, vowels and consonants will have clarity of sound that is more sung than spoken, and vibrato will be active throughout the phrases.

Division Breakdowns

  • High School Mix/Belt
    • Ages 14 - 18 as of May 25, 2015.
    • Cannot be enrolled in a university program.
    • Prize Money:
      • $700 First Place
      • $350 Second Place
      • $250 Third Place

  • High School Legit
    • Ages 14 - 18 as of May 25, 2015.
    • Cannot be enrolled in a university program.
    • Prize Money:
      • $700 First Place
      • $350 Second Place
      • $250 Third Place

  • University-Young Artist Mix/Belt
    • Ages 18 - 32 as of May 25, 2015.
    • Prize Money:
      • $1,000 First Place
      • $400 Second Place
      • $300 Third Place

  • University-Young Arstit Legit
    • Ages 18 - 32 as of May 25, 2015.
    • Prize Money:
      • $1,000 First Place
      • $400 Second Place
      • $300 Third Place


  • Selections can come from Broadway, off-Broadway, and revival shows.
  • Singers should also be able to demonstrate strong acting abilities as appropriate to the literature.

First Round

  • Live Locations (View)
    • November, 2014 - April, 2015
    • More than 30 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.
    • The top half or all qualified scores from each location advance to the Second Round in Chicago at the CS Convention, May 21-24.
    • Singers can participate at multiple locations (both live and online), but they need to register separately for each application.

      Competition times are displayed on the participant's account:

  • Online Application (More Details)
    • Complete an application via
    • Submit your application with your audio/video recordings any time before May 1, 2015.
    • Receive a scored evaluation and written feedback from university faculty.
    • Qualified scores (at least the top half) advance to the Second Round.

Final Rounds at the CS Convention

  • May 21-24, 2015
  • Sheraton Hotel in Chicago, IL
  • No additional registration fee, but participants are responsible for their own travel, room, and board.

Registration Fee

  • $75, includes:
    • All rounds of the Competition.
    • Accompanist if needed.
    • College Expo Recruiting Fair, High School & University Masterclasses at the CS Convention.

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