The competition will consist of two rounds.
Round One: Video submission. A link to the singer’s video recording must be included in the application package PDF document, due by midnight, September 22, 2023. Further details on the video submission requirements follow.
The top 5 singers will be selected from the video submission to perform at an in-person competition. Singers will be notified by October 6, 2022 if they have advanced to the in-person competition. (If a teacher’s email was included in the online application form, the teacher will also be notified of the results of the video round.)
Round Two: In-person competition. October 14, 2023 at 4 pm at Chapelwood United Methodist Church, Chapel (11140 Greenbay St, Houston, TX). An accompanist will be provided by HMC. Singers must provide their music (marked with measure numbers) with their application as a music score PDF to provide to the judges and accompanist.
Judging will occur at the event after all participants have performed. The first, second, and third place winners will be announced at the conclusion of the event. Should there be a tie for first place, the awards for the first and second place winners will be pooled and divided equally among the first place winners. Both will be called First Place Winners and will both be invited to sing at the Houston Masterworks Chorus Christmas Concert. (Date and Location TBD.)
The first place winner will also be required to provide a testimonial on their experience in the competition.
Singers must select two pieces to record for entry into the competition. If selected to perform at the in-person competition, the singer will perform the same two pieces. The selection(s) must be memorized. The music selections should be from classical vocal repertoire (opera, art song, oratorio, etc.) with one song in English and one song in French, German, or Italian.
Music selections may be transposed, but must retain the composer’s intention and style of music. The maximum length allowed is 10 minutes combined, which can be split between the two songs however the singer chooses. You may cut piano preludes or interludes according to common performance practice, but not verses.