Young Voices Singing Competition

February 8, 2020 – Win Cash and a Chance to Perform

The Choral Society of Pensacola announces YOUNG VOICES 2020, a singing competition for high school and college students. In addition to receiving cash prizes, winners will be invited to perform on the Choral Society’s March 14, 2020 concert. YOUNG VOICES 2020 will be held on the Pensacola State College campus, located at 1000 College Boulevard in Pensacola, Florida.

Registration Deadline: Friday, January 17, 2020 – 5pm CST

All interested singers between the ages of 14 and 30, currently enrolled in a high school (or home school) or a college/university in Florida or Alabama, are eligible to participate in YOUNG VOICES 2020. Competitors will compete in one of the following divisions:

  • High School Level 1: Freshman or Sophomore
  • High School Level 2: Junior or Senior
  • College Level 1: Freshman or Sophomore
  • College Level 2: Junior or Senior

Competitors are asked to prepare two selections (art song or opera aria) of contrasting styles, one of which is sung in English. All selections must be memorized.

Competition Format
Competitors will be assigned individual competition times and will perform on the Ashmore Auditorium stage. They may provide their own accompanists or may request one from the Choral Society. Winners will be selected on the basis of the quality of their performance. The YOUNG VOICES 2020 competition will be open to the public.

Judges will have the option to recognize a winner and a runner-up in each division and to award the following cash prizes:

High School Level 1:

  • Winner: $300
  • Runner-up: $150

High School Level 2:

  • Winner: $300
  • Runner-up: $150

College Level 1:

  • Winner: $500
  • Runner-up: $250

College Level 2:

  • Winner: $500
  • Runner-up: $250

In addition, winners will be invited to perform on the Choral Society’s concert on Saturday, March 14, 2020. The Choral Society’s artistic director, Xiaolun Chen, will provide private coaching to all the winners, who must attend the concert’s dress rehearsal on Friday, March 13, 2020.

The YOUNG VOICES 2020 entry form is available for download using the button in the box to the right. Complete the form, print, scan and email it to There is a non-refundable $25 entry fee and, if an accompanist is needed, an additional $25 fee. Entry fees (and accompanist fees, if applicable) must be paid via PayPal, using the button in the box to the right. All entry forms and payments must be received by 5 p.m. Central Time Friday, January 17, 2020.
Download Young Voices 2020 Information Sheet

Entry Form and Payment due by Friday, January 17, 2020 – 5pm CST

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