Note from Janet Plucknett, Competition Chair

     Unfortunately, since Carnegie Hall has closed and is canceling  all performances through May 10th, we have to cancel this year's Finals and postpone our Semi-Finals until next year.

     All of the 2020 Semi-Finalists will automatically advance to the 2021 Semi-Finals, and will be heard in April of 2021.

     The finals concert for the 2021 competition will take place on April 17, 2021

     Applications for our 2021 competition will be on our web site in October of 2020.

     A big thanks to everyone who entered our competition.

     And thank you all for your patience and understanding as we deal with this challenging and changing situation.

     Best regards - and stay safe.

Competition rules

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

  • Application deadline is February 1, 2020.

  • Nonrefundable application fee is $30.

  • Late entries are accepted until February 15, 2020—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 will be held on April 4, 2020 in NYC, and the competition concert on April 18, 2020 in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall (881 7th Avenue.)

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.  

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