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April 5, 2014
Congratulations to the 2014 Winners
Megan Marino
     Winner of the Ellen Blair Award for First Place
Silvie Jensen
     Winner of the Stanley C. Meyerson Award for Second Place
John Taylor Ward
     Winner of the Docia Goodwin Franklin Award for Third Place

Davone Tines, Johannes Somary Award
Lianne Coble, Frances MacEachron Award
Gunyong Na, Lyndon Woodside Encouragement Award
Jonathan Beyer, Robert & Winifred Connelly Green Award
Sarah Brailey, Leopold Damrosch Award
See photos from the concert.

In 1977, the Oratorio Society inaugurated an annual Solo Competition, designed to encourage the art of oratorio singing and to give talented young singers an opportunity to advance their careers. The Competition has become international in scope and well-known in the music world. This is the only major competition to focus exclusively on oratorio singing. 

Since the Competition's inception, more than 3,400 singers have competed. The judges have chosen nearly 100 winners, awarding thousands of dollars in cash prizes. In addition, more than 65 performance contracts have been awarded to Competition winners to appear in concert with the Society; many have also been awarded contracts with other major musical organizations.

When and Where

The Lyndon Woodside Oratorio-Solo Competition finals concert is held in New York City every year in April. More than $17,000 in cash prizes are awarded, along with possible contracts for oratorio performances in New York City.

Rules and procedures are explained in the Application. For answers to Frequently Asked Questions, please see the FAQs below.


The Solo Competition is open to singers of all nationalities who were born on or after January 1, 1974 and who have not made a formal oratorio debut in a major concert hall. (Previous Solo Competition first, second, and third prize winners are not eligible to compete.)


Awards to be announced.

The Judges

Judges for the Solo Competition Finals represent the major musical institutions of New York City. The Judges for the 2014 competition to be announced.

Official Accompanist

The accompanist for the 2014 competition is Linda Hall.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q: Can I audition in person for the Preliminary round?
A: No. All Preliminary auditions must be by recording. Recordings must be submitted in the application process.

Q: Can I submit a video or a DVD?
A: No. Videos are not permitted. Submissions must be audio only. 

Q: May I send a recording of an actual performance?
A: Yes, if itís your actual voice and contains the three listed required selections.

Q: Is there an accompanist available for the semi-finals and finals?
A: Yes, we have an excellent accompanist available, at no charge.
Please bring music for the accompanist to use. You may use your own accompanist if you wish. 

Q: What is oratorio and how is it different from opera?
A: An oratorio is a large musical composition including an orchestra, a choir, and soloists. Opera is musical theatre, while oratorio is strictly a concert piece. In an oratorio there is generally little or no interaction among the characters, and no props or costumes. Opera tends to deal with history and mythology, including age-old devices of romance, deception, and murder, whereas the plot of an oratorio often deals with sacred topics, making it appropriate for performance in the church. 

For More Information
  Ms. Janet Plucknett, Competition Chairman
  Oratorio Society of New York
  1440 Broadway 23rd floor
  New York, NY 10018

Previous Competition Winners Include
David Barrell
Alan Bennett
Kamel Boutros
Robert Bracey
David Britton
Dashon Burton
Benjamin Butterfield 
Jennifer Check
Hans Choi
Shirley Close
Stanley Cornett
Michael Dash
Michelle DeYoung 
Bradley Diamond
Molly Donnelly
Tyler Duncan
Jonathan Estabrooks
William Ferguson
Lauren Flanagan 
Svetlana Furdui
Alexander Hajek
Carl Halvorson
Brenda Harris
Karen Holvik
Weston Hurt 
Carolyn James
Jeffrey Kneebone
Eleni Matos
Andrea Matthews
Kevin McMillan
Joseph Mikolaj 
Brian Mulligan
Sara Murphy
Eric Owens
Robert Perry
Derek Ragin
Steven Rickards
Yves Saelens 
Michael Schade
Denis Sedov
Svetlana Serdar
Anna Soranno
Johanni Van Oostrum
Jayne West
Richard Zeller 

Megan Marino
2014 First Place Winner

Congratulations to Dashon Burton, 2014 Grammy Award Winner
Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance

Dashon Burton
2012 First Place Winner

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