Contest and Application Details
Entry Deadline: Friday, March 16, 2018, 11:59 P.M.
Registration Fee: $45
Preliminary Round: By recording, adjudicated by ROS Artistic Director, Eric Townell
Semi-Final Round: April 27, 2018, in Rochester, NY
Final Round: April 28, 2018, in Rochester, NY
Contest DetailsApplicants may submit materials for the 2018 Classical Idol Vocal Competition through YAP Tracker. (It is not necessary to be a member of YAP Tracker to complete the application through their site.)
EligibilityContestants must be no more than 35 years of age on the date of the final round of the competition (April 28, 2018).
Preliminary RoundPreliminary round selection occurs by recorded audition. The preliminary round is adjudicated by ROS Artistic Director, Eric Townell, and/or his delegate. Repertoire can be your choice from oratorio, opera, art song or musical theater genres. Preliminary-round repertoire need not be the same as semi-final round repertoire.
DeadlineApplications are due no later than March 16, 2018, paid, complete and correct. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
NotificationResults of the preliminary round will be decided by March 25, 2018. E-mail notification of status in the competition will be sent to each applicant shortly thereafter.
Semi-Final Round (April 27, 2018)Twenty semi-finalists will compete before a panel of judges on Friday, April 27, 2018, between the hours of 1:00 PM and 6:00 PM. Semi-finalists will have about 10 minutes to sing. Each performer will be asked to offer one selection and may be asked to offer an alternative selection, preferably of a contrasting style.
Music Requirements for the Semi-Final RoundEach semi-finalist must submit two printed copies of the music they will be singing for the semifinals to the ROS office no later than April 1, 2018. Please clearly mark the scores with the title, composer, your name, and all cuts and other performance indications.
NotificationFollowing completion of the semi-final round, all contestants will be contacted by phone. Approximately ten performers will advance to the final round. Finalists will be advised of:their final round repertoire, selected by the judges from semi-final repertoire choices
- the time and location of the rehearsal for the final round with the accompanist
- the call time and location for the final round performance the following evening
Final RehearsalFinalists will have the opportunity to rehearse with the accompanist on Saturday morning, April 28, 2018.
Final Round (April 28, 2018)The final competition will be held on the evening of April 28, 2018, before a live audience and a panel of judges.
Final Round CompetitionPerformers are asked to give a brief spoken introduction of your piece to the audience. After your performance, the panel is invited and encouraged to offer constructive and professional commentary. The judges typically offer direct, tactful, and constructive observations on the nature of the performance and the artist’s strengths and weaknesses. As participants have noted every year, this has been an extremely valuable aspect of Classical Idol for the contestants.
AwardsThe judges will award cash prizes to the top four singers. Additionally, the audience will choose a favorite performer for a separate cash prize.
Preparing Your ApplicationPlease complete the online application through YAP Tracker. With your application form, you must upload the following files:
- your resume or CV
- a short biography (150 words)
- a head shot
- your audition recording
Your Resume or CVPlease upload to YAP Tracker your professional resume in MS-Word format.
BiographyPlease upload to YAP Tracker a 150-word biography in MS-Word format. This short biography will be used in the printed program for the final round of the competition and in the preparation of other materials for the press.
Head ShotPlease upload to YAP Tracker a high-resolution professional portrait in JPEG format, suitable for use in printed material.
Audition RecordingYour recording should consist of 2-5 pieces of no more than 15 minutes in length, total. The selections may be from the operatic, oratorio, art song, or musical theater genres, chosen to represent your best work in a variety of styles. Your audition recording must:
- be your own performance, accompanied or unaccompanied
- not exceed 15 minutes of music
- be unedited, except for duration
- include selections in your order of preference with the strongest performances first
Application DeadlineMarch 16, 2018, 11:59 P.M.
Entry FeeThe contest entry fee is $45.
Ready to Apply?Yes, I’ve read the contest details carefully and prepared files for upload, as described above. If I am selected to participate in the semi-final and final rounds, I am prepared to be in Rochester, NY, on April 27 and 28, 2018.
Still Have a Question?
If you have additional questions, please contact the event administrator at the Rochester Oratorio Society:
Phone: (585) 473-2234
Office Hours: M-F, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM