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2023 Young Vocalists VIRTUAL Competition

for Michigan High School Students

Submit your recording by March 17!

3 Different Competition Categories!

3 AWESOME $500 Cash Awards!


  • The deadline for submitting applications and videos for round I is Friday, March 17, 2023 (11:59 p.m. EST).

  • Because of the similarities and crossover in the Musical Theater/Jazz/American Songbook and Contemporary repertoire, The Kalamazoo Bach Festival reserves the right based on piece submission to move a student entry to a different category before any judge has viewed the entry.

  • Application form, audition video, and application fee must be submitted together online at Paper applications or CDs will not be accepted.

  • The application fee is $10 USD payable via credit card only


Total Cash Prizes: $1,500

  • First Prize in Classical/Art Song/Opera: $500.00 

  • First Prize in Musical Theater/Jazz/American Songbook: $500

  • First Prize in Contemporary/Pop/Rock/Folk/Hip Hop etc.: $500


  • All materials must be submitted together when you apply.

  • All videos must be submitted in at least 1920x1080 resolution (most smartphones already record in this resolution). 

  • Important! Please dress as if this is a performance. If you are selected as a finalist and do not intend to send a new recording for the finalist’s public concert, this initial video will be the one used for the final competition.


  • The top nine selected finalists (three from each category) will be featured in the Bach Festival’s Young Vocalist Finalist Virtual Concert on Sunday, April, 23,  2023 at 7 pm, as a premier event on our YouTube Channel. 

  • Finalists will be announced and notified by phone and email no later than March 27, 2023, 5 pm. 

  • Finalists may submit a new piece for the final competition and concert by Friday, April 7, 2023 or use their original submission for the final competition.

  • Prize winners will be announced at the end of the virtual concert premiered on April 23, 2023

  • The first-place winner of each category may be invited to perform live with the Kalamazoo Bach Festival as a featured soloist for its Fall Cabaret event  TBD in October, 2023. This will depend on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic and as the soloists’ schedule allows.


  • You must be currently enrolled in a Michigan High School or Home School in the state of Michigan.

  • You may compete in more than one category but you must enter with a different piece of music.

  • Only one entry per category. You may not win first place two years in a row in the same category. 


  • The time limit is 7 minutes per song.

  • Entrants may prepare one song from each of the competition categories for a maximum of three entered songs.

2023 High School
Vocal Competition Entry Form

Registration fee is $10

Category of entered song(s). You may pick more than one category, maximum of three. You must submit individual videos for each category and you must submit only one and a different song for each category.
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