NJS International Vocal competition

Application Deadline: April 10
Live Audition: Sunday May 5

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


    Congratulations to the 2019 International Vocal Competition Winners!

  • 1st prize: John Noh, Tenor
  • 2nd prize: Jaeyeon Kim, Soprano
  • 3rd prize:
    • Junseok Hwang, Baritone
    • Sanghyuk Lee, Soprano
  • Honorable Mention:
    • Haeun Jang, Soprano
    • Hanna Lee, Soprano
    • Samantha Nahra, Soprano

  • Thanks to the exceptional finalists and their outstanding performances, the competition was a huge success!
    Many thanks to all participants and wish everyone all the best!
    The 1st and 2nd prize winners will perform with New Jersey Sinfonietta on August 29, 2019.
    2019 NJS International Vocal Competition Finalists

  • Anna Ginther, Soprano (USA)
  • Junseok Hwang, Baritone (USA)
  • Haeun Jang, Soprano (South Korea)
  • Jayeon Kim, Soprano (South Korea)
  • Hanna Lee, Soprano (South Korea)
  • Sang Hyuk Lee, Soprano (South Korea)
  • Tae Sung Lee, Tenor (South Korea)
  • Samantha Nahra, Soprano (USA)
  • John Noh, Tenor (South Korea)
  • Kathleen Norchi, Soprano (USA)
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Competition Detail

    New Jersey Sinfonietta(NJS) proudly presents 2019 International 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, 2019
  • Late Application: by April 20, 2019

  • Age Limit: 30
  • Applicants must have the date of birth after May 5, 1988.
  • 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 $50
  • Late application fee of $75 for applying after April 10, 2019

  • 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. The payment site will be followed by the submission of online application.
  • 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 by April 25, 2019.

  • Sunday, May 5, 2019 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 contestants who cannot participate in the live audition on May 5, 2019 can choose to compete via video recording only.
  • The finalists must provide their own accompanists.
  • The music at the final round must be the same as the video submission.
  • A warm up room will be assinged to each contestant for 10 minutes.
  • 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 13, 2019.

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

  • First and second prize winners will be offered to perform with New Jersey Sinfonietta at the Annual Young Soloists’ Concert at Merkin Concert Hall in New York City on August 29, 2019.
  • First Prize Winner: $300 Cash Prize and Certificate
  • Second Prize Winner: $200 Cash Prize and Certificate
  • Third Prize Winner: $100 Cash Prize and Certificate
  • Honorable Mentions: Certificates
  • All winners will receive the cash prizes via PayPal and or certificates via mail.
  • The concert will be recorded by a professional recording engineer to ensure high quality video file with superior audio sound.
  • The recordings will be posted on YouTube and other social network. This will be an excellent opportunity to build up the career in New York.
  • Winners who cannot perform at the concert on August 29, 2019 for any reason will be disqualified, and the alternates selected by the juries will perform in the winners’ place.
  • First and second prize winners should discuss their repertoires with NJS prior to the concert on August 29, 2019.