2020 Opera Championship

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American Vocal Arts
International Collegiate Singing ChampionshipTM 

ICSC emphasizes competitive collegiate singing that spans across borders. We seek to award the best singers from around the world who are currently enrolled in or are recent graduates of an undergraduate or graduate program in voice. There will be a First, Second, and Third Place monetary prize awarded based on the number of applications received. The winners will be awarded based on talent, potential, and overall presentation. All voice types will be judged equally. All performances and adjudication will be done via the simple online process outlined below.

How to apply?

Step 1) Pay the Application Fee of $20 via our payment portal: 

International Collegiate Singing Championship

Step 2) Email the following materials to americanvocalarts@gmail.com:

- Headshot
- Résumé (Include contact information: Mailing Address and Phone Number)
- Bio (150-250 words)
- 2 to 4 high quality youtube video links of operatic arias. At least one aria should be in English and one in another language. Each applicant is only required to submit two arias. This step in the process is important for the judges. Although some acoustic ambiance is welcomed, your recordings should not have an obtrusive amount of reverb (natural or artificial) as we want to best evaluate your natural voice. Recordings can include piano or orchestral accompaniment. Live performances of arias are acceptable. Please refrain from singing along with a "music minus one" or "karaoke" orchestra track. 
- Proof of enrollment in a collegiate voice program or of recent graduation. If you are currently enrolled or you have received a diploma after April 2018, then you may apply.

Additional Details:

**There is no travel involved for this competition. All rounds of the competition are completed online. Citizens from any country may participate.**

Age Limit: no age limit
Highest degree allowed: all levels accepted (undergraduate/graduate)

Application Deadline - Received by October 1, 2019 11:59 PM Eastern 

(There are no in-person audition. Once your recording and all materials are submitted, you are done with the audition process. We will announce the finalists in the Fall 2019 and the winners in the Spring of 2020. If we need any further information or materials from you, we will contact you directly.) 

Special attention will be given to singers who present contemporary arias written in the 21st century. ICSC specifically encourages the performance of arias written by composers who identify as women and people of color. We also highly urge undergraduates to participate.

If you have any further questions, please contact us at americanvocalarts@gmail.com.

Last year's winners:

🇩🇪Carolina López Moreno, 1st place, Manhattan School of Music

🇺🇸Jonathan McCullough, 2nd place, Curtis Institute of Music

🇺🇸Meghan Kasanders, 3rd place, The Juilliard School

🇺🇸Laura Sanders, Audience Favorite, Eastman School of Music

1Estimated award amounts. Actual cash awards will be based on the number of applications received. All amounts listed in USD.