Friedrich SchorrThe American Prize in Vocal Performance, 2019-20
Friedrich and Virginia Schorr

Memorial Award

and Chicago Oratorio Award: Beethoven Symphony No. 9


Preliminary DEADLINE (revised) for postmark or emailing of application(s): Wednesday, May 1, 2019.

Automatic extensions to Monday, June 3, 2019 for those who need more time and request it in advance by emailing



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 2019-20, based on submitted recordings. There is no live competition.


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


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


NOW—you 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 and RUNNERS-UP: All finalists and runners-up receive personalized certificates and written, unbiased evaluations from our distinguished national panel of judges. When winners are announced on The American Prize blog, RUNNERS-UP are also profiled with their photos, biographies and website links.

WINNERS: A single winner in each category and/or division is selected, with separate prizes for men and women. Winners receive certificates, written evaluations, personalized press releases sent by us to local media and other contacts you provide as part of your application, 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.

categories: professional, college/university, community, high school

categories: professional, college/university, community, high school



May 1, 2019


four $1500 performance prizes

BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9


In 2019, in addition to the national competitions listed here, four $1500 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, CBA Chorus and guest choirs in June 2019, in two performances of the Beethoven Symphony No. 9, including at Symphony Center / Orchestra Hall (home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.)


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, which includes rehearsal and performance dates, times, locations and additional 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.

To learn about the Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra and CBA Chorus, click here. To view an excerpt of Maestro Katz with CBASO & CBA Chorus and guests performing Orff's Carmina Burana at Orchestra Hall, Chicago (photo above), please click .