First Place – $2,500
Second Place - $2,000
Third Place - $1,500
Finalists - $250
Encouragement - $100
Best Sophomore - $100
High school sophomores, juniors, or seniors recommended by their choral directors or vocal teachers. Singers are only allowed to enter one Schmidt Youth Vocal Competition per competition season.  To be eligible for cash prizes, contestants must be United States citizens or a Green Card Holder with a US Social Security Number.  If you are a non-US citizen/Green Card holder, you are ineligible to receive a score from the adjudicators.  Participants are required to pay a non-refundable registration fee after submitting an application.  An application will considered complete when both the fee and private teacher recommendation have been received.  For special financial consideration, please make requests to Benjamin Smolder, Director at
Schmidt participants are required to wait until the next competition season before competing in another Schmidt Competition event. The competition season runs from September-June. Failure to comply will result in disqualification from the competition. First place winners of the Schmidt Youth Vocal Competition are not allowed to compete in future Schmidt Youth Vocal Competitions.
Application Deadlines
Applications are due two weeks prior to the competition date.  The competition is limited to the first thirty-five applicants in each location.
Competition Repertoire
Applicants must be prepared to present three (3) musical compositions from standard "classical" vocal literature representing different periods and styles, for example, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic or Contemporary Art Song. One selection may be from Broadway theatre repertoire. All selections must be memorized. A professional accompanist will be selected and provided for the competition by the Schmidt Foundation. (No individual, personal accompanists may be used.) The singer will not have the opportunity to rehearse with the pianist in advance of the competition. Singers will need to provide one (1) copy of printed music that is clear and easy to read for each of their songs. Please make sure that your music is complete and not missing the bass clef.  The printed music should be in a binder, double sided and well marked. It is not necessary to send your music in advance of the competition. It should be brought with you the day of the competition.
Changes in Repertoire
If there are changes in your repertoire on the day of the competition, you will be asked to announce the changes before you sing.  If the change occurs more than a week before the competition then you should contact the coordinator through the contact page so that we can make a change to the printed program.  No repertoire changes will be permitted between round one and two of the competition.
Adjudication Criteria
There will be three professional adjudicators who are comprised of one of the professors from our host site, the director of the competition, and a guest adjudicator. Singers are adjudged on beauty of voice, technical skill, musicality, accuracy, communication of text, diction, and presentation.
Competition Procedure
The first round of competition will begin early in the morning and each singer is allotted seven (7) minutes. There will be a timer present and will call "time" when the seven minutes have passed.  All singers will have the opportunity to perform two (2) pieces -the first selected by the singer, the second selected by the adjudicators. After the first round there will be a break. After the break the participants for the master class are announced and a free master class will be presented for all the participants. After the master class the finalists are announced and asked to sing in the final round. The number of finalists is at the discretion of the adjudicators.
During this final round the singers will again be asked to sing two (2) pieces.  You must sing the third selection that was not presented in the first round and a second selection of your choice from the morning round.   To be eligible for prizes, competitors must stay until all prizes have been awarded. This is an all day event. If you have a conflict and cannot remain until prizes have been awarded, please do not apply. The competition is free of charge and open to the public.
If you have further questions regarding the competition then contact Linda McAlister, Schmidt Competition Manager, by phone at (513) 529-3046, or via email at

The William E. Schmidt Foundation

As part of its mission the William E. Schmidt Foundation provides support and encouragement to youth in the arts.  Annually the Foundation provides scholarships and support to over one hundred and fifty students in the arts.  The William E. Schmidt Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, disability, or sexual orientation in any of its activities or operations.

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Schmidt Vocal Competition

501 South Patterson Avenue

Oxford, OH 45056

Telephone: (513) 529-3046

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