The Master Classes and Artist Award Competition
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Joy In Singing Master Classes and Award Competition program began in 1958. Since that time, we have offered master class instruction to many emerging recitalists, which results in awarding the Artist Award Recital to the most accomplished candidate from the field.
Singers please Note: This program is on HIATUS from September 2016-September 2017.
The Joy In Singing Artist Award winner receives:
• a New York City recital at Merkin Concert Hall (fall of the award year)
• three paid out-of-town tryouts
• ten hours of recording/editing time at professional studio preparing a CD (We request artists include some art song in their use of this time. Studio time must be used within 12 months of the award recital date)
• high-quality video and audio tapes of the recital.
NOTE: ALL TRAVEL AND HOUSING is the responsibility of the artists.
We generally hear approximately 150- 200 singers in the preliminary round, eventually narrowing the field to the top five or six singers who compete for the Artist Award Recital prize.
Joy In Singing focuses on art song. Please note the definition: An art song is a poem set to music by a classical composer for voice and piano. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT ARIAS or AMERICAN POPULAR SONGBOOK SELECTIONS ON YOUR PROGRAM
In recent years, the artistic level of applicants has been very high. Some of our recent winners
are singing at international venues, including the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House, Zurich Opera, the New York Philharmonic, among others.
20-30 Master Class participants and alternates are chosen for the Master Classes.
Finalists are the top performing 4-6 singers from the Master Class Sessions.
FINALIST Guidelines: Singers advancing to the Finals are asked to offer a full length program of ART SONG (no arias or popular songbook selections).
Joy In Singing focuses on the RECITAL FORM. The judges consider whether your submitted program serves your vocal and expressive range, and shows variety in mood and style. The ability to emotionally move the listener is greatly taken into consideration.
The finals are an opportunity to show the audience how you present yourself in performance. The judges look for what distinguishes you as an concert artist.
Texts and translations of your program are required for the final round. These are due one week before final round date. Your translations should be your own.
By applying to this competition, participants agree to be recorded and videotaped. Joy In Singing reserves the right to use and publish any media produced by your participation.
PLEASE NOTE: the judges reserve the option to award a shared prize, or no award, in any competition year.