American International Czech & Slovak

Voice Competition

About the Competition

2019 competitors standing together after a performance

Mission

The mission of the competition is to promote the vocal repertoire of Czech and Slovak composers for young singers, raise the awareness and appreciation of the rich heritage of Czech and Slovak music to the singers and to audiences, create unique performing opportunities for promising young singers, and further the artistic growth of these young singers.  

The competition is open to singers from any country around the world.
 

About the Competition Oct. 14, Oct. 15 and Oct. 16, 2022

3 Rounds
*Preliminaries – 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 14, 2022
Semi-finals – 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022
Finals – 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022

*Singers who have won the first prize in another international singing competition within the last two years, may advance to the Round II without participating in Round I. A copy of the prize-winning diploma is required with application. Same registration fee applies to all competitors regardless of past wins.
 
Age limit (Extended due to event postponement from 2021)
Women – age 33
Men – age 35
 
Application Fee
$75, non-refundable
Online payment required at time of application.
*If the competition is canceled due to unforeseen circumstances, entrance and pianist fees will be reimbursed.  
 
Application Deadline
Deadline for sending the application form is Sept. 23, 2022.

Housing and Logistics

Limited, free lodging in private homes may be available upon request. (See application form.) This request must be made by midnight, Friday, Sept. 16, 2022.
A block of hotel rooms are reserved for participants at the Super 8 Motel by Wyndham, 2911 Voyager Drive, Green Bay, Wis. (1-855-335-8334). The cost of these rooms are covered by the singer.
Other Green Bay hotels: https://www.greenbay.com/where-to-stay/
 
Repertoire Requirements
Possible Czech arias can be downloaded at the Czech Republic's site for their international competition in Karlovy Vary

Repertoire suggestions, along with IPA/translations for various repertoire, can be found in Singing in Czech by Timothy Cheek.

Kaprálová Prize: For the best interpretation of a song by Vítězslava Kaprálová, optionally sung in Round 2 or Round 3 as the choice for Czech art song. For information about Kaprálová, see www.kapralova.org.

Round I (Maximum 10 minutes)
  • Standard German Lied
  • Standard Italian aria (Mozart and Handel is acceptable)
Round II  (Maximum 12 minutes)
  •  Aria in the original language (not Czech or Slovak)
  •  American Art Song or American Concert Spiritual by or arranged by American composer (Standard English, dialect is optional)
  •  Art song by Czech or Slovak composer (in Czech or Slovak language)
Round III  (Maximum 14 minutes)
  • Art song by Czech or Slovak composer (a different art song from Round II & in Czech or Slovak language)
  • Aria by Czech or Slovak composer
  • French Aria (in French) by French or non-French composer
Other requirements:
  •  Transposition of arias is not allowed.
  •  All music performed must be memorized including arias from oratorios, cantatas or masses.
  •  All repertoire needs to be performed in the original language.
  •  Arias may not be repeated in another round.
The decision of the jury is final.
 

Prizes

First Prize $5,000
Second Prize $2,500
Third Prize $2,000
Fourth Prize $1,500
Fifth Prize $1,000
Sixth Prize $500
Kapralova Prize $300

Jury for Prelims & Semifinals

Professor Emeritus David Adams, tenor, Cincinnati Conservatory, Cincinnati, Ohio
Eva Blahova, Professor of Music, Mezzosoprano, Slovakia
Maestro Gildo Dinunzio, Metropolitan Opera, New York City, New York
Professor Laurie Lashbrook, soprano, Chair of Voice Department, University of Akron School of Music
 

Jury for Finals

Professor Emeritus David Adams, tenor, Cincinnati Conservatory, Cincinnati, Ohio
Eva Blahova, Professor of Music, Mezzosoprano, Slovakia
Maestro Gildo Dinunzio, Metropolitan Opera, New York City, New York
Professor Laurie Lashbrook, soprano, Chair of Voice Department, University of Akron School of Music
Matthew Markham, Associate Professor, UW-Stevens Point
Sarah Meredith, Music, Professor Emerita, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

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