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The application process for the 2020 competition is now closed.
Click here for information about the Finals Concert


Applications for the 2021 competition will be available in October 2020.

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.