NJS Vocal Competition

Application Deadline: April 20
Live Audition: Sunday, May 3

The National Opera Center
330 7th Ave 7th Floor
New York, NY 10001

    New Jersey Sinfonietta(NJS), young and rising orchestra, proudly presents 2020 Vocal Competition. The competition aims to identify promising new talent and provide them with an opportunity to perform with NJS at the Merkin Concert Hall in New York City.

  • April 10, 2020
  • Late Application: by April 20, 2020

  • Age Limit: 30
  • Applicants must have the date of birth after May 3, 1989.
  • Performers of all nationalities are welcome to apply.

  • Online application and video recordings submission (YouTube link or other video sharing sites)
  • Non-refundable application fee of $100
  • Late application fee of $140 for applying after April 10, 2020

  • Two arias of contrasting styles from all operas and oratorios composed before 1940 (no art songs)
  • The audition repertoire could be any language but all singers must sing in the original language of the composition.

  • Upload the video recordings of your repertoire to YouTube or other video sharing site and submit the online application form (including the link to your videos) with the application fee.
  • Application fee will be accepted only by PayPal or credit cards.
  • An accompaniment is optional in video submission. A video of a live performance with piano or orchestra is also acceptable.
  • The video should be 15 minutes or shorter in duration.
  • Video and Audio quality must be of the highest standard.
  • Applicants will receive an email acknowledgement within one week after submission. Notification of final live round will be posted on our website on April 25, 2020.

  • Sunday, May 3, 2020 at The National Opera Center in New York City
  • Live auditions are by invitation only after review of your video submission.
  • Ten vocalists will be invited to compete in our final round, performing their repertoire with piano accompaniment.
  • The finalists must provide their own accompanists.
  • The music at the final round must be the same as the video submission.
  • Performances before the judges must be 10 minutes or shorter in duration.
  • The finalists are responsible for all of their travel expenses including transportation, lodging, etc.
  • All singers will be notified the results of the final round by Monday, May 10, 2020.

  • JURY
  • Amy Burton, Professor of Voice at The Juilliard School and Mannes College of Music
  • Mark Oswald, Professor of Voice at Manhattan School of Music
  • Artistic Team of New Jersey Sinfonietta
  • All jury's decisions are final and cannot be appealed.

  • First Prize Winner: $500 Cash Prize and Certificate
  • Second Prize Winner: $300 Cash Prize and Certificate
  • Third Prize Winner: $200 Cash Prize and Certificate
  • Honorable Mentions: Certificates
  • First prize winner will be offered to perform with NJS Chamber Orchestra at the 2020 Competition Winners’ Concert at Merkin Concert Hall in New York City on August 30, 2020.
  • Second and Third prize winners may be invited to the NJS future events.
  • First prize winner who cannot perform at the concert on August 30, 2020 for any reason will be disqualified, the alternate selected by the juries will perform in the First Prize Winner's place.
  • First prize winner should discuss the repertoires with NJS prior to the concert on August 30, 2020.