Welcome to the Orpheus Competition

Since 1996, the Middle Tennessee Choral Society has sponsored the Orpheus Vocal Competition. It exists to provide financial support and encouragement to singers up to age 30 from around the United States who are pursuing careers as Vocal artists. Orpheus is the only competition of its kind in the south central United States. There are 3 categories in Orpheus:

Young Artist: for ages 25-30

Student: for ages 19-24

High School – students grades 10-12 / New in 2014 – See instructions / application here

This year the Society will be awarding grand prizes of $3,000 for the Student winner and $5,000 for the Young Artist winner. Additional prizes will be awarded by individuals and corporations ranging from $300 to $2,500. For a listing of prizes awarded in past Orpheus Competitions, visit the Awards page.

GPS – Directions to competition site:
1439 Faulkinberry Drive,
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

Google map link here

Please enter from E. Main St. on the South side of the Campus
Call 615 898 2849 for further information.

Contest Details

The Orpheus Vocal Competition will be held March 3–5, 2017, in the T. Earl Hinton Music Hall, Wright Music Building on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Contestants will be informed of their acceptance by January 16, 2017, and will receive information on area hotels, restaurants, and transportation to the contest site. Each contestant must provide his or her own lodging, transportation, and meals. Please contact Raphael Bundage at (615) 898-2849 or (615) 898-2694, MTSU School of Music, for further assistance.

Applicants must provide a program of the following selections:
• In the Young Artist category: 3 operatic arias in various styles and languages and one aria from standard oratorio.
• In the Student category: 2 art songs in various styles and languages, 1 operatic aria, and 1 aria from standard oratorio.

High School Students please see your application for details.


Requirements

• Competition is open to any singer who has completed or is in the process of completing an accredited music education.

 Student category applicants must have reached their 19th birthday by the application deadline.

 Young Artists applicants should have not have reached thier 31st birthday by the application deadline.

• Applicants must completely fill out the online application by the deadline. You will need the following materials ready in order to fill out the online application:

  1.  Two recordings the from the applicant’s list of repertoire – ready for upload in 256 kbps or 320 kbps mp3 format.
  2.  An updated Résumé in MS Word, pdf, or Open Office format.
  3.  A current photo in digital format – .jpg format.
  4.  A payment method (Paypal or Debit / Credit card) for the non-refundable application fee of $65

• Applicants must provide a program of the following selections:

• In the Young Artist category: 3 operatic arias in various styles and languages and one aria from standard oratorio.

• In the Student category: 2 art songs in various styles and languages, 1 operatic aria, and 1 aria from standard oratorio.

• Only singers who are seriously pursuing careers as vocal artists need apply.

• Afternoon recital attire is standard.

Each completed application form must be accompanied by a non-refundable application fee of $65. This fee is automatically added to your online application form. You may pay with Paypal or a Debit / Credit card.

Information regarding housing, transportation, and performance dress will be included with semi-finalist notification.

Apply - Student and Young Artist

Click here for the online Student and Young Artist Orpheus Competition application. Please note all competition rules and application requirements.

Apply for the Orpheus Vocal Competition

Apply - High School – students grades 10-12

Click here for the online Student and Young Artist Orpheus Competition application. Please note all competition rules and application requirements.

Apply for the High School Orpheus Vocal Competition

Important Dates

December 1, 2016 Application Deadline

January 16, 2017 Announcement of selected applicants for the semi-finals
February 7, 2017 Confirmation due and accompanist fee due
March 4 , 2017 Semi-final Auditions
March 5, 2017 Final Competition – (open to the public)

High School Contest Dates : March 5th, 2016 

Accompanist

If requested on the application form, an accompanist will be provided by the competition for a fee of $75. Do not send the accompanist fee until you have been notified that you are a semi-finalist. Semi-finalists requesting accompanists must send clear copies of their competition performance pieces with their confirmation. Otherwise, each contestant must arrange for his or her own accompanist.

Copies of music must be sent for accompanists to Kay Garrison at the address below:

Kay Garrison: 1941 Veranda Place, Murfreesboro, TN 37130.