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Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2023 competition.
Check back in October for the 2024 competition.

Semi finals are Saturday April 1, 2023 in New York City.  (Location TBD.)
Finals are Saturday, April 15, 2023 at 1:30 pm in Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall.

Competition rules

  • Open to singers of all nationalities, to age 40 (born on or after January 1, 1983) who are early in their oratorio career.

  • Application deadline is February 1, 2023 - fee $30.00.

  • Late application deadline is February 15, 2023 - fee $60.00.

  • Application fee is non-refundable

  • 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.

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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