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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.
The Lyndon Woodside Oratorio-Solo Competition finals concert is held in New York City every year in April. More than
$20,000 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,
1975 and who have not made a formal oratorio debut in a major concert hall. (Previous Solo Competition first, second,
third, and fourth prize winners are not eligible to compete.)
Awards to be announced.
Judges for the Solo Competition Finals represent the major musical institutions of New York City. The Judges for the
2015 competition to be announced.
The accompanist for the 2015 competition to be announced.
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.
Ms. Janet Plucknett, Competition Chairman
Oratorio Society of New York
1440 Broadway 23rd floor
New York, NY 10018
Johanni Van Oostrum