Are you an emerging professional singer or love to sing classical songs? Join us for the 2024 Art Song Colorado Competition hosted by Ovation West Performing Arts at Center Stage in Evergreen, CO.  The competition will take place on Sunday, April 28th, 2024. The deadline for submission is Monday, March 4th, 2024. Please fill out the form based on the category you wish to compete in.

Key Dates:

March 4th: Application and fee deadline. Following deadline singer timeslots will be assigned.

April 28th: Competition (semi finals and finals)

Emerging Professional:

Any singer who has experience in any three of the following: 

1. has performed a solo art song recital in the past

2. is in or has completed a degree in music

3. is over the age of 18

4. has been taking consistent classical voice lessons for at least three years

5. is regularly paid to sing

6. has done a recognized young artist program

Emerging Professional Artists cannot be under management, be under contract at A houses, or have a full-time or tenure track university position teaching voice. There is no age restriction. You must be a Colorado resident to apply.

Prizes: The winner receives $800, a solo recital on Art Song Colorado’s 2024-2025 season, and two season tickets to Art Song Colorado’s 2024-2025 season. Audience Favorite winner receives $200 and two season tickets to Art Song Colorado’s 2024-2025 season. One singer will be chosen to perform a solo recital in Ovation West Performing Arts and Art Song Colorado’s First Annual “Festival of Song” in the fall of 2024. All participants will be heard by industry professionals and be considered for Art Song Colorado’s and Ovation West’s singer rosters.

Application: Submit a pre-screen video of one art song recorded within the last year, a $35 application fee (link below),  and a well-thought-out proposal for a unique recital program that lasts about one hour and tells a story or says something about who you are as an artist. Art Song Colorado values creativity and narrative in our concert experiences. Keep this in mind while creating your program. This would be your proposal for your solo recital should you win the competition. ASC reserves the right to make changes to your program should you win the competition.

Audition: Prepare four art songs from your submitted creative program. Pianist provided.

Avocational Singer: 

Any singer who meets fewer than three of the above-listed qualifications.

Singers cannot be under management, be under contract at A-level houses, or have a full-time or tenure-track university position teaching voice. There is no upper age restriction, but singers must be at least 13 years old to enter. Must be a Colorado resident to apply.

Prizes: Up to three winners, including an Audience Favorite, will receive $200 each, two season tickets to Art Song Colorado’s 2024-2025 season, and will kick off the final round of the Emerging Professional competition with a public performance of one art song. Winners will also have the opportunity to be a featured singer in Art Song Colorado’s 2024-2025 season.

Application: Submit an online application and a $35 application fee at the link below.

Audition: Prepare two art songs in two languages. Pianist provided.

Step 1: Fill out our online Application

Step 2: Pay your application fee here

Questions? Contact our Program Manager, Sabina Balsamo at [email protected]

Tickets to the final performance will be on sale soon!

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