American International Czech & Slovak

Voice Competition

About the Competition

Mission

The mission of the competition is to promote the vocal repertoire of the Czech and Slovak composers for young singers, raise the awareness and appreciation of the rich heritage of the Czech and Slovak music not only to the singers but to audiences, create unique performing opportunities for promising young singers, and further the artistic growth of these young singers.  
 

Conditions of the Competition

  1. There will be three rounds:  Preliminaries – Friday, October 11th; Semi-finals, Saturday, October 12th; and the Finals, Sunday, October 13th, 2019.  Age limit:  Women – age 32; Men – age 34.
  2. Singers who have won 1st prize in another international singing competition within the last two years, (2017 or 2018), may advance directly to the 2nd round without participating in Round I.  The same registration fee would apply and a copy of the prize-winning diploma should be sent together with the application.
  3. The application form needs to be  sent with the registration payment (cashier’s check or money order) to the address below.  The registration fee for the competition is $75 and is non-refundable. 
  4. Deadline for sending the application form is Monday, September 23, 2019. 
  5. 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.
  6. Kaprálová Prize: For the best interpretation of a song by Vítězslava Kaprálová, optionally sung in round II or round III as the choice for Czech art song. For information about Kaprálová, see www.kapralova.org.
  7.  Round I (Maximum 10 minutes)
    • Standard German Lied
    • Standard Italian aria (Mozart and Handel is acceptable)
  8.  Round II  (Maximum 12 minutes)
    •  Aria in the original language (not Czech or Slovak)
    •  Art song by American composer
    •  Art song by Czech or Slovak composer (in Czech or Slovak language)
  9.   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
    • Aria by French composer (in French)
  10.  Transposition of arias is not allowed.
  11.  All music performed must be memorized including arias from oratorios, cantatas or masses.
  12.  All repertoire needs to be performed in the original language.
  13.  Arias may not be repeated in another round.
  14.  The decision of the jury is final.
  15.  The competition is open to the public. Admission is free.
  16.   If the competitor does not have an accompanist, Dr. Timothy Cheek will be available to accompany the singer. The additional fee is $40. Please bring this $40 fee to the competition and pay when you are checking in.
 

Prizes

First Prize $5000
Second Prize $2500
Third Prize $2000
Fourth Prize $1500
Fifth Prize $1000
Sixth Prize $500
 

Pianist

Dr. Timothy Cheek, University of Michigan, Czech Specialist
 

Jury for Prelims & Semifinals 

Professor David Adams, Professor Emeritus, Cincinatti Conservatory, Czech Specialist
Professor Eva Blahova, Mezzosoprano and Artistic Director, Mikulas Schneider Trnavsky International Voice Competition, SLOVAKIA
Maestro Gildo Dinunzio, Metropolitan Opera, NYC
Mr. Alois Jezek, Founder and Artistic Director, Dvorak International Voice Competition, Karlovy Vary, CZECH REPUBLIC
Professor Stephen Morscheck, Bass-baritone, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas

Jury for Finals

Professor David Adams, Professor Emeritus, Cincinatti Conservatory, Czech Specialist
Professor Eva Blahova, Mezzosoprano and Artistic Director, Mikulas Schneider Trnavsky International Voice Competition, SLOVAKIA
Maestro Gildo Dinunzio, Metropolitan Opera, NYC
Mr. Alois Jezek, Founder and Artistic Director, Dvorak International Voice Competition, Karlovy Vary, CZECH REPUBLIC
Professor  Matthew Markham, Baritone, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Professor Sarah Meredith, Mezzosoprano and Founder/Artistic Director, American Czech/Slovak International Voice Competition, UW-Green Bay
Professor Stephen Morscheck, Bass-baritone, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas