2021 Young Vocalists VIRTUAL Competition

for Michigan High School Students

3 Different Competition Categories!

3 AWESOME $500 Cash Awards!


  • Deadline for submitting applications is Wednesday, May 5, 2021 (11:59 p.m. EST).

  • Application form, audition video, and application fee must be submitted together online at KalamazooBachFestival.org. Paper applications or CDs will not be accepted.

  • Application fee is $10 USD payable via credit card only



Total Cash Prizes: $1,500

  • First Prize in Classical/Art Song/Opera: $500.00 

  • First Prize in Musical Theater/Jazz/American Songbook: $500

  • First Prize in Contemporary/Pop/Rock/Folk/Hip Hop etc.: $500



  • All materials must be  submitted together when you apply.

  • All videos must be submitted at least 1920x1080 resolution (most smart phones already record in this resolution). 

  • Important! Please dress as if this is a performance. If you are selected as a finalist and do not intend to send a new recording for the finalist’s  public concert, this initial video will be the one used for the final competition.



  • The top nine selected finalists (three from each category) will be featured in the Bach Festival’s Young Vocalist Finalist Virtual Concert on Wednesday May 26 at 7 pm, as a premiere event on our YouTube Channel. 

  • Finalists will be notified by phone and email no later than Monday, May 10. 

  • Finalists may submit a new piece for the final competition by Saturday May 22, or use their original submission for the final competition.

  • First prize winners and runners-up will be announced on Thursday, May 27, 2021.

  • First place winner of each category may be invited to perform live with the Kalamazoo Bach Festival as a featured soloist for its 75th season celebration in 2021-2022. This will depend on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic and as the soloists’ schedule allows.


  • You must be currently enrolled in a Michigan High School or Home School in the state of Michigan.

  • You may compete in more than one category but you must enter with a different piece of music.

  • Only one entry per category. You may not win first place two years in a row in the same category. 


  • Time limit is 7 minutes per song.

  • Entrants may prepare one song from each of  the competition categories for a maximum of three entered songs.

2021 Young Vocalist Application

Registration fee is $10

Category of entered song(s). You may pick more than one, maximum of three. You must submit individual videos for each category and you must submit a different song for each category.
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