Applicants may submit materials for the 2019 Rochester International Vocal Competition through YAP Tracker. (It is not necessary to be a member of YAP Tracker to complete the application through their site.)
Contestants must be no more than 35 years of age on the date of the final round of the competition (May 4, 2019).
Preliminary 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.
Applications are due no later than March 31, 2019, paid, complete and correct. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Results of the preliminary round will be decided by April 7, 2019. E-mail notification of status in the competition will be sent to each applicant shortly thereafter.
Semi-Final Round (MAY 3, 2019)
Twenty semi-finalists will compete before a panel of judges on Friday, May 3, 2019, 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 Round
Each 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 19, 2019. Please clearly mark the scores with the title, composer, your name, and all cuts and other performance indications.
Following 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. Finalists will also be informed of
- 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
Finalists will have the opportunity to rehearse with the accompanist on Saturday morning, May 4, 2019.
Final Round (MAY 4, 2019)
The final competition will be held on the evening of May 4, 2019, before a live audience and a panel of judges.
Final Round Competition
Performers 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 the Rochester International Vocal Competition for the contestants.
The 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 Application
Please 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
Please submit these files according to YAP Tracker’s specifications.
Your Resume or CV
Please upload to YAP Tracker your professional resume in MS-Word format.
Please 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.
Please upload to YAP Tracker a high-resolution professional portrait in JPEG format, suitable for use in printed material.
Your 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
Please upload your audio samples according to the details on YAP Tracker.
March 31, 2019, 11:59 P.M.
The 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 May 3 and 4, 2019.
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