Friedrich SchorrThe American Prize in Vocal Performance, 2017
Friedrich and Virginia Schorr

Memorial Award

DEADLINE for postmark or emailing of application(s) is:
Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Extensions available by email request to those who need more time to prepare materials:


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 2017, based on submitted recordings.


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


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


NOW—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 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—pre-professional, amateur/community, high school

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