Performers in each class are eligible for First Place, Second Place, and Honorable Mention awards for their class. In addition, the adjudicator may grant the Michael Kysar Best of Voice award to an outstanding performer. The top performer in the Opera Class will receive the Richard Engstrom Memorial Award in Opera.
Voice Sections and Classes
Each performer participating in a Voice Division class with a specified repertoire (see the Rep column in the list) must perform two pieces from these general repertoire categories:
Standard Repertoire (ST): Songs that are generally considered as Art Songs from Baroque, classical, semi-classical, and romantic periods. Other than songs from early Baroque operas, operatic arias are not appropriate in this repertoire. Pieces can be sung either in the Solo or Ensembles sections.
Musical Theatre Repertoire (MT): Concert versions of songs from operettas and musical theatre, and can be sung in either the Solo or Ensemble sections.
Operatic Repertoire (OP): Solo arias from the world of opera, and only to be performed in the Opera Section.
All selections are to be performed from memory, and each performer must provide their own accompanist, with the exception of the Opera Master Class, where an accompanist will be provided. For each class, notice the Repertoire column value ("Rep").
If a repertoire is specified (does not indicate “Any”) for a class, each performer will perform two songs of contrasting styles from the specified repertoire. For classes V01 and V02, each performer will perform one or two songs appropriate for their age, voice, and skill. Operatic music is not appropriate. Performers in the V07 class must perform at least one song in a language other than English.
For the Solo V07 class for college and adult performers, each performer will be expected to sing one Standard Repertoire piece and one Musical Theatre piece.
The Solo V13 class is for anyone 18 years or older, even those well over 55, who may or may not have had a lot of experience, but who want to sing for adjudication.
Each ensemble must have one person to a part, with two to four members, performing two songs of contrasting styles from the specified repertoire. An ensemble should be registered in the class that corresponds to the age of the oldest member of the ensemble. Names and instruments of all members of the ensemble shall be listed on the registration and the ensemble name. Only one registration and entry fee is necessary for the ensemble.
All Solo and Ensemble classes will be held on Friday, April 6th during the day (sometime between 9:00 AM to about 4:00 PM)
Each performer must have three standard operatic arias prepared in the original language, with the performer choosing the first piece, and the adjudicator choosing the second piece. This process is common in the world of opera auditions. An experienced accompanist will be provided, and no substitution is allowed.
All performers must be in a study or coached program, or sponsored by a teacher registered with PAFE; and singers must also be non-professional, meaning they cannot be regularly teaching or performing as professionals. The Opera class will be held Saturday, April 27th from 9:00 AM to about 1:00 PM. Any performer who does not follow these requirements may be allowed to perform at the Voice Chair's discretion, but will not qualify for any awards.