National Music Theater Competition

timthumb.jpgThe first national competition for the music theater soloist seeking the best emerging talent in 2018 

Prizes

1st Prize

$5,000 PLUS a concert at the next NATS National Conference, $1,000 Gift Certificate from Hal Leonard Corporation, Career Management Services package from Stage Door Access.

2nd Prize

$2,500 PLUS a $500 Gift Certificate from Hal Leonard Corporation.

3rd Prize - Louise Lerch Award

$1,000 cash prize.

Eligibility

All singers age 20-28 as of September 15, 2017. Reduced entry fee for students of NATS members*.

Entrance Procedure

  • Apply online by September 15, 2017. Your application will allow you to submit your audition materials online or audition at one of three live locations.
  • Application requires payment of $90 application fee ($75 for students of NATS members*).
  • All application materials must be submitted by the deadline - September 15, 2017. (After application, Online Preliminary applicants have until November 15, 2017 to upload their preliminary round videos)
  • Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • No refund of application fees due to cancellation by the applicant will be allowed.

Where to Audition

PRELIMINARY ROUNDS

  • New York City: TBA
  • Chicago: TBA
  • Los Angeles: TBA
  • Online

SEMIFINAL AND FINAL ROUNDS

January 5-7, 2018, in New York City as part of the 2018 NATS Winter Workshop. Approximately 24 singers will advance to the semifinal round in New York City.

Repertoire Requirements

NOTE: There will be no amplification available at preliminary round auditions. The determination of whether there will be amplification offered to participants for the final round will basically be determined by the size and acoustic quality of the room in which they occur.

Preliminary Round

THREE CONTRASTING MUSIC THEATER SELECTIONS exclusively from Broadway and Off-Broadway original shows and revivals that demonstrate the singer’s full ability in Music Theater showing contrast and variety among selections. We seek a top-quality, healthy, and unique vocal sound, appropriate for the repertory. Judging criteria will evaluate, among other factors, the breadth of repertoire chosen. Therefore, singers are encouraged to ensure that these selections represent the full spectrum of their vocal and dramatic abilities. Appropriate stage movement and dialogue or monologue, if an integral part of a selection, may be included. Original Keys from original shows or revival shows only. Singers may bring their own accompanist or use the on-site accompanist.

Video Submission Guidelines (for online preliminary applicants)

National Semifinal Round

FOUR ADDITIONAL SELECTIONS (FOR A TOTAL OF SEVEN) that demonstrate the singer’s full ability in Music Theater, showing contrast and variety among selections. We seek a top-quality, healthy and unique vocal sound, appropriate for the repertory chosen. Judging criteria will evaluate, among other factors, the breadth of repertoire chosen. Therefore, singers are encouraged to ensure that total of seven selections represent the full spectrum of their vocal and dramatic abilities. In this round singers may also want to ensure their selections represent a variety of historical periods of Music Theater. Appropriate stage movement and dialogue or monologue, if an integral part of a selection, may be included. Original Keys from original shows or revival shows only. Singers may bring their own accompanist or use the on-site accompanist.

National Final Round

Singers will construct a program not to exceed 20 minutes from their list of SEVEN SELECTIONS sung in previous rounds.

Adjudicators

Adjudicators at all rounds will include casting agents and managers from the top agencies in the industry in addition to veteran performers, coaches, and teachers.

Application will be available late fall 2016.

*Full and Associate members only.

Still have questions? Visit our National Music Theater Competition FAQ page

Video Submission Guidelines

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