Young Voice 2018 Singing Competition

Singing Competition for High School and College Students

The Choral Society of Pensacola announces YOUNG VOICES 2018, a four-state competition for high school and college students. In addition to cash prizes, winners will be invited to appear as featured soloists on the Choral Society’s November 1st concert. YOUNG VOICES 2018 will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 10 AM in the Ashmore Auditorium (Building 8) on the Pensacola State College campus, located at 1000 College Boulevard in Pensacola, Florida.


All interested singers between the ages of 14 and 30, who are currently enrolled in a high school (or home school) or a college/university in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, or Louisiana, are eligible to participate in YOUNG VOICES 2018. Competitors will compete in one of the following divisions:

  • High School: Students in grades 9 – 12
  • College Level 1: Freshman or Sophomore
  • College Level 2: Junior or Senior


Competitors are asked to prepare two selections (art song or operatic aria) of contrasting styles, one of which is sung in English. All selections must be memorized and performed without music.

Competition Format

Competitors will be assigned an individual competition time and will perform on the Ashmore Auditorium stage. Winners will be selected on the basis of the quality of their performance. The YOUNG VOICES 2018 competition will be open to the public.


At the discretion of the panel of judges, two cash prizes will be awarded for each competition division.

High School:

  • Winner: $300
  • Runner-up: $150

College Level 1:

  • Winner: $500
  • Runner-up: $250

College Level 2:

  • Winner: $500
  • Runner-up: $250

Winners will also appear on the Choral Society’s concert on Thursday, November 1, 2018. 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 Wednesday, October 30, 2018. 


The YOUNG VOICES 2018 application form is available for download using the button in the box to the right. There is a non-refundable $25 application fee. Completed application forms may be submitted via e-mail to Pay your application fee (and accompanist fee, if applicable) via PayPal, using the button in the box to the right. All applications and payments must be submitted online and received by 5 PM central time on October 5, 2018.

Application and Payment due by 5PM central time on October 5, 2018

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