Young singers can gain so much from participating in judged vocal competitions. By developing an audition piece, they learn about persistence, focus, and the right ways to showcase their talents. By performing in front of professional vocalists, they develop real-world confidence and learn how to accept and integrate feedback. Participating in a vocal competition is an important first step for students looking to hone their skills in college and beyond.
Plus, there’s often the chance to earn awards and scholarships, too.
That’s why we like the Schmidt Vocal Competition. It offers participants a huge range of benefits, including:
- The chance to receive cash awards and scholarships from an impressive pool of $350,000 annually.
- Experience developing an audition piece for judged competition.
- Valuable feedback from the team of judges, all professionals working in the field.
- Opportunity to participate in a master class, with judges on site.
In addition to the Schmidt Vocal Competition, which takes place at college campuses across the country during the spring and fall, Schmidt Vocal Arts offers a two-week summer intensive with world-renowned faculty for high school singers to hone their skills, as well as programs throughout the year for vocal instructors and students.
Alumni from Schmidt Vocal Arts programs have gone on to amazing opportunities and careers in music.
They include people like Emily Pogorelc, an ensemble member with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Reggie Smith, a baritone who has performed with operas around the world.
“I believe that even if the kids aren’t going to become performers or go to school for music, they still benefit from seeing the opportunities available to them,” Smith says. “This is especially true for underprivileged students; to see a young black person doing what I’m doing with music—for many kids, that’s eye-opening.”
Want to learn more? Check out the 2020 schedule. Chances are the Schmidt Vocal Competition is coming to a location near you.
See the Schmidt Vocal Competition Schedule