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Musical Theater Competition
Judges will include Soprano, Amanda Chmela, Broadway stage director, Thomas Caruso and Soprano, Mary McNulty. Thirty singers will be accepted.
When: Saturday, October 24, 2020 • 11:00am-5:00pm
Where: Synchronous virtual event through Zoom platform
Participant Fee: $10
Application: Opens September 25, 2020, 6pm EDT
Thomas CarusoStage Director
General Information and Participation Requirements
We are accepting applications on a first-come first-served basis, and will accept a total of 30 applicants. On-line application is through the link below with a $10 application fee, payable via PayPal.
Each singer is required to perform 2 contrasting songs, each song limited to 3’30” from scores of book shows written or intended for a fully realized musical production (a musical, revue, song cycle or operetta). Singers scheduled in 10 minute segments.
Competition will be live and virtual with singers providing piano accompaniment tracks for their performances. The judges will give feedback and score all singers; ranking the top three of each division. The top scorers will be invited to perform at the ENY NATS Honors Recital in Spring 2021 (TBD).
Performers should use original published music. Reproduction of a copyrighted work constitutes copyright infringement unless a license to reproduce such work has been obtained, the use is considered fair use, the work is in the public domain, or a valid exception to copyright infringement exists. Music downloaded from the internet which is in public domain satisfies the copyright law. Performers may be disqualified from participating if there has been infringement of copyright law.
Music Theater Repertoire Information and Audition Terminology (per NATS Student Auditions Resource Center found at NATS.org)
All repertoire must be sung from memory.
Selections must be sung in the original language or in translation if warranted by common performance practice.
Music Theater selections in College categories and older must be sung in the original or standard published key. High School singers and younger may use published transposed keys to accommodate voice change issues only. Any published transposition must retain the composer’s intention and style of music, and preserve the character being portrayed in the story and lyrics.
Piano introductions, piano interludes, piano music after the vocal solo is completed, and internal cuts of music theater selections are allowed as in common performance practice. Cuts of verse or verses of selections are not allowed. In the case of strophic pieces, all verses should remain that are traditionally included.
All repertoire must be from the score of a book show written, or intended for a fully realized musical production. The production may be a musical (including film musicals), revue, or song cycle (MUTH). A fully realized production includes blocking/acting, dance, costumes, sets, pit orchestra or piano, lighting, sound, or a combination of the aforementioned elements. Revues should thread back to the original production. Various online resources are available to confirm whether a particular selection was written/intended for a fully realized musical production, and teachers are encouraged to consult these resources when selecting repertoire for the auditions. Singers should ensure that contrasting selections represent the spectrum of their vocal and dramatic abilities. This should be exhibited by selecting pieces of varying style periods (pop/rock, contemporary, Golden Age, operetta), composers, and employing a variety of vocalism (belt, mix, legit). Singers may choose only one operetta aria as one of their selections.
Musical Theater Masterclass
A Virtual Zoom Acting Masterclass with Hannah Corneau (Broadway Wicked/Elphaba) will be offered to high school and college level competition participants on Friday October 23 from 7:00- 9:00pm. Eight Masterclass performers and two alternates will be chosen to sing live for Ms. Corneau and all competitors will be invited to watch the masterclass as part of their registration for the competition. Those interested in singing for the masterclass will need to forward a video of their performance of two contrasting musical theater pieces with piano accompaniment (competition repertoire is encouraged). See Competition application form for information on how to apply for participation. If chosen to sing in the masterclass, there will be an additional $20.00 fee charged.
When: Friday October 23, 2020 • 7:00-9:00pm
Where: Synchronous virtual event through Zoom platform
Participant Fee: $20 (collected after acceptance into class)
Hannah CorneauGuest Artist
Friday, September 25th: Application LIVE online and participation is open to the first 30 applicants.
Friday, October 9th: OFFICIAL APPLICATION DEADLINE*
This deadline could close earlier since our number of participants is limited. We will post on our website as soon as we have received our total number of applicants.
Friday October 16th: Singers will be e-mailed with their exact competition time on Saturday October 24th. Singers chosen to perform in the Friday October 23rd Masterclass will be informed on this date as well.
Friday, October 23rd: ACTING MASTERCLASS WITH HANNAH CORNEAU
Competition participants will receive an invitation to a Zoom call for the 7:00- 9:00pm masterclass. Chosen singing participants will each receive 12 minutes of class time, and should be prepared to perform both of their songs live during the Zoom meeting.
Saturday, October 24th: MUSICAL THEATER COMPETITION
Each competition participant will receive an invitation to a Zoom meeting and approximately 7 minutes to perform two selections from musical theater. Please plan to be in the Zoom Call waiting room at least 15 minutes prior to your competition time. All participants will receive emailed written comments from the judges.