Contest Details

Applicants may submit materials for the 2020 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 1, 2021).

Preliminary Round

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 or art song genres. Preliminary-round repertoire need not be the same as semi-final round repertoire.


Applications are due no later than TBD, paid, complete and correct. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Results of the preliminary round will be decided by Eric Townell. E-mail notification of status in the competition will be sent to each applicant.

Semi-Final Round 

Twenty semi-finalists will compete virtually before a panel of judges. 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.


Following completion of the semi-final round, all contestants will be contacted by phone. Nine 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

Final Rehearsal

Finalists will have the opportunity to rehearse with the accompanist on Saturday morning, May 1, 2021.

Final Round 

The final competition will be held on the evening of May 1, 2021, 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. 


The judges will award cash prizes to the top three 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 .pdf or MS-Word format.


Please upload to YAP Tracker a 150-word biography in .pdf or MS-Word format for use in the program booklet and in the preparation of other materials for the press.

Head Shot

Please upload to YAP Tracker a high-resolution professional portrait in JPEG format, suitable for use in printed material.

Audition Recording

Your recording should consist of 2-5 pieces of no more than 15 minutes in length, total. Please submit a separate file for each selection. The selections may be from the operatic, oratorio or art song 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
  • submit each selection separately in your order of preference with the strongest performances first

Please upload your audio samples according to the details on YAP Tracker.

Entry Fee

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 agree to be available on May 1, 2021 for the RIVC Showcase.

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