FAQs2019-07-29T10:04:19-04:00
Can anyone enter?2019-07-25T16:34:12-04:00

To be eligible, you must be a high school sophomore, junior, or senior recommended by your choral director or vocal teacher. You may enter only one competition per school year or competition season.

Should I send my music in advance?2019-07-25T16:33:35-04:00

No, it is not necessary. Bring your music in a binder, clearly marked for cuts, on the day of the competition. Our pianists include some of the finest vocal coaches in the country and will most likely have played your repertoire before. It is important, however, that you provide, along with your application materials, the keys in which you will sing each of your pieces.

What is the dress code?2019-07-25T16:32:30-04:00

There is no hard and fast rule regarding dress. We recommend you wear your “Sunday Best.” Formal wear is not necessary. Dresses should be an appropriate length for stage, as the audience is often below you. If you are wearing high heels, make sure that you can walk in them with poise. Bear in mind that your appearance will make an impression on the judges.

What is the entry fee?2019-07-25T16:32:06-04:00

The fee to enter the competition is $45 and must accompany your application. If you need special financial consideration, please contact us.

Is there an audience observing the competition?2019-07-25T16:31:41-04:00

All events are free and open to the public. We encourage parents, siblings, teachers, and other family members to come and watch the entire day. We do ask the audience to refrain from applause after your performance, so it is not necessary to bow.

What is the schedule for the day?2019-08-06T15:53:39-04:00

The competition begins in the morning, typically around 8:30am, depending on the number of applicants. The morning round will last until approximately 1:00pm. followed by a lunch break, and then the Master Class at 2:00pm. The final round usually commences around 3:00pm, and awards are announced during the awards ceremony at 5:00pm. Close to the date of the competition, you will receive a specific time to sing, directions to the venue, and a detailed schedule for the competition day.

What time should I arrive to the competition?2019-07-25T16:28:22-04:00

You will be assigned a time slot to sing which will be sent via email about two weeks before the competition. You should arrive no later than 30-45 minutes ahead of your time slot to sign in and warm up. However, we encourage you to be present at the beginning of the competition to meet and hear other competitors. This is not a requirement, but it is strongly encouraged. Time slots are determined by travel distance from the venue and the date your application was received.

Can I bring my family or my teacher?2019-07-25T16:28:02-04:00

Absolutely! The entire day is free and open to the public. We encourage you to bring supporters, friends, teachers, and anyone you would like to invite!

What if I want to change my repertoire selections?2019-07-25T16:25:12-04:00

You may make changes to your repertoire at any time, right up until you walk onto the stage. After the program has been printed (about a week before the competition) you will simply need to announce your change from the stage. Before the program has been printed, we encourage you to email us with any changes so that we can correct the program and send the change to the pianist.

Why do you need my social security number?2019-07-25T16:24:39-04:00

All award winners will have to fill out tax forms in order to receive an award check. Please be sure you bring your social security number or card on the day of the competition.

Why do I need to sign a release form?2019-08-06T15:54:40-04:00

The release form you are asked to sign is for permission to videotape the master class and to publish photos of the competition. We will take photographs for use on our website, on social media, and for use in our advertising and promotion of Schmidt Vocal Arts programs.