Note from Janet Plucknett, Competition Chair


     Finals for 2020 applicants are scheduled for August, 2021.

Competition rules

  • Open to singers of all nationalities, to age 40, who are early in their oratorio career.

  • Application deadline is February.

  • Nonrefundable application fee is $30.

  • Late entries are accepted up to two weeks after the deadline—for a fee of $50.

  • An accompanist will be provided at the semifinals and finals at no charge to you. You may provide your own pianist if desired, at your own expense.

  • Past 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place winners of the Lyndon Woodside Oratorio-Solo Competition are not eligible.

Submit the following with your application


  • Two audio-recording files—see application for repertoire details.

  • One-page professional resume.

  • Digital headshot photograph.

  • Nonrefundable application fee.

  • Photocopy of proof of age—driver’s license or passport.


The competition will be held in March and April, Semi-finals and the competition concert will be held in April, venue to be announced.

Frequently Asked Questions


1. Does the music need to be memorized?


     No, you may use your score.

2. Can I sing an opera aria?

     No, only selections from oratorios, masses, Requiems, cantatas, etc.

     Please contact us for specific repertoire questions.

3. Can the recordings have an orchestra or organ accompaniment?


     Yes, if we can hear your voice clearly.