National Music Theater Competition

timthumb.jpgThe first national competition for the music theater soloist seeking the best emerging talent in 2020.

The 2020 NMTC final round will be held in January, 2020 (date to be determined) in New York City at the Roosevelt Hotel Grand Ballroom, as part of the 2020 NATS Winter Workshop 

The event is open to the public for $10 general admission seating and can be purchased at the door. The Roosevelt Hotel is located at 45 East 45th Street & Madison Avenue.

The National Music Theater Competition (NMTC) was launched in 2011 as the first national competition for the emerging professional music theater soloist. Now in its fourth iteration, NMTC has provided industry connections to past competitors and winners that have led to their success on Broadway and other venues. The biennial competition takes place conjunction with the NATS Winter Workshop in New York City, expressly hosted in proximity to the music industry’s top professionals.

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 Prize

$1,000 cash prize.

4th Prize - Bill Hayes Prize

$750 cash prize.

“New Works” prize

A “New Works” prize, sponsored by MusicalTheaterSongs.com, has been added to the 2020 awards. Singers who compete with a song from a work that has not yet had a production in NYC will be eligible for this award.

Eligibility

All singers age 20-28 as of September 15, 2019 (reduced entry fee for students of NATS Full or Associate members).

Entrance Procedure

  • Application requires payment of $90 application fee ($75 for students of NATS Full or Associate members).
  • All application materials must be submitted by the deadline - September 15, 2019. (After application, Online Preliminary applicants have until November 5, 2019 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 Auditions - Fall 2019 date and location to be announced
  • Chicago Auditions - Fall 2019 date and location to be announced
  • Los Angeles Auditions - Fall 2019 date and location to be announced
  • Online Auditions - Video submission deadline is November 5, 2019.

SEMIFINAL AND FINAL ROUNDS

In January (date TBA), in New York City as part of the 2020 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.

Have repertoire or copyright questions?
All questions specific to the rules and regulations, copyright, or about repertoire and requirements, should be directed to the .

Preliminary Round

THREE CONTRASTING MUSIC THEATER SELECTIONS that are written or intended for a staged musical production. The production may be a musical (including film musicals), revue, or song cycle. The selections should 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.

NMTC application available in early Fall 2018

 

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.

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

Video Submission Guidelines

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