Friedrich SchorrThe American Prize in Vocal Performance, 2016
Friedrich and Virginia Schorr

Memorial Award

Extended DEADLINE for postmark or emailing of application(s) is:
Tuesday, March 15, 2016.
No need to email in advance.





The American Prize in Vocal Performance—Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award. honors the memory of the greatest Wagnerian baritone of his age, Friedrich Schorr, who commanded the operatic stage between the world wars, and his wife, Virginia Schorr, who taught studio voice at the Manhattan School of Music and the Hartt School of Music for nearly fifty years. The Prize recognizes and rewards the best performances by classically trained vocalists in America in 2016, based on submitted recordings.




NEW—you now have the option to pay application fees online—or by check or credit card.


NEW—you now have the option to provide online links to your audition selections—or send recordings by mail.


NEW—you now have the option to fill out the application on your computer and email it directly to the office—or write it by hand and send by mail.



The American Prize is more than monetary. Semi-finalists, finalists and winners are announced to national arts media and on our websites, where winners are profiled. Semi-finalists, finalists and winners earn the right to use The American Prize logo and official seal on printed programs and other documents, and on the web.

SEMI-FINALISTS: All semi-finalists receive official certificates.
FINALISTS: All finalists receive certificates and written, unbiased evaluations from our distinguished national panel of judges.
RUNNERS-UP: Runners-up receive certificates, written evaluations and personalized press releases sent by us to local media and other contacts you provide as part of your application.
WINNERS: A single winner in each category and/or division is selected. Winners receive certificates, written evaluations, personalized press releases and cash prizes up to $500, depending on the year, the category and the number of entrants. Only with your explicit permission, excerpts of winning performances may be posted to The American Prize channel on

The judges reserve the right to award citations and honorable mentions as warranted, and to combine categories when necessary. The decision of the judges is final.

Additional opportunity:
Two $750 Prizes


In 2016, in addition to the national competitions listed below, two $750 prizes will be awarded as performance fees to soloists selected to appear under Maestro David Katz's baton in concert with the Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, in May 2016, performing the Brahms German Requiem, at St James Episcopal Cathedral, Chicago. For more information about this additional opportunity, which is limited to applicants in the professional and college/university divisions, please download the opera/operetta or art song/oratorio application. The selection process for the Chicago Oratorio Award is separate from The American Prize judging. Winning one competition does not preclude the possibility of winning the other. Photo above shows the CBASO & Chorus and friends at Orchestra Hall, Chicago, performing "Carmina Burana." A link to an excerpt from the performance may be found on the competition pages.


categories: professional, college/university—pre-professional, amateur/community, high school

categories: professional, college/university—pre-professional, amateur/community, high school