Vocal Competition

PARTNERS’ 7th Annual Vocal Awards Competition

Information, Guidelines, and Application
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PARTNERS for the Arts will hold its 7th Annual Vocal Awards Competition October 12 and 13, 2019, in search of opera’s rising stars. It will consist of a semifinal round and a final round.  Both rounds of the competition will take place in the Washington, DC metropolitan areaA panel of professional opera experts will judge the competition.


First Prize: $8,000
Second Prize: $4,000
** Honorable Mention Award $2,000 in honor of Sylvia Mestek
Finalists’ Encouragement Award: $300 each

** Donated by  Drs. James and Wanda Trefil.


  • Applicants, whether or not under artist management, must be between the ages of 25 and 35 at the date of the competition–October 13, 2019.
  • Non-U.S. citizens must show proof of legal residency in the United States or proof of full-time enrollment in a university, college, or conservatory in the United States before being permitted to enter the competition. Federal and Virginia state laws require that tax be withheld on money won as prizes by non-U.S. citizens.
  • Applicants must be able to attend the semifinal and the final rounds of the competition.
  • Winners must be present to receive a competition prize on the day of the final round. Nonparticipation in the awards ceremony by a winner will constitute cancellation of the prize.
  • Applicants selected for an award will be invited to perform at a future PARTNERS for the Arts, Inc. event and remunerated.