Friedrich SchorrThe American Prize in Vocal Performance, 2014
Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award


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 2014, based on submitted recordings.

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. Excerpts of winning performances will 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.

To see how previous laureates of The American Prize have used their placement in the competitions to promote their careers, please visit .


In 2014, in addition to the national competitions listed here, four $500 prizes will be awarded as performance fees to oratorio soloists selected to appear under Maestro David Katz's baton in concert with the Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra & Chorus performing the Beethoven Choral Fantasy. For more information about this additional opportunity, which is limited to applicants in the professional and college/university divisions, please click on either Vocal Performance Prize link, below.

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

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