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Lotte Lenya Competition

Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International
Individuals to Participate in a Vocal Competition

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Funding Source:

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The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music

Deadline Date:

02/16/21

Description:

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Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International singers and actors between the ages of 19 and 32 to participate in a musical theater and opera vocal contest. Contestants are encouraged to choose contrasting songs that display stylistic range and repertoire. Contestants must perform a program that contains four selections, one from each category outlined below:

  • One theatrical selection (any genre) by Kurt Weill: Weill selection(s) must be sung in their original theatrical versions and language. However, in this category only, authorized English translations for selections from The Threepenny Opera (English lyrics by Marc Blitzstein or Michael Feingold) and Happy End (English lyrics by Michael Feingold) will also be permitted.
  • One song from a musical written before 1968: Contestants must perform the stage version of the song as it is contained in the piano-vocal score of the show (not in "selections" format, or from a film or popular adaptation of the work). Musical theater selections must be sung in English. Contestants may also select a Weill song written for Broadway as their pre-1968 musical theater selection. Note, however, that multiple Weill selections should be contrasting (in genre, style, and/or language).
  • One song from a musical written in/after 1968: Contestants must perform the stage version of the song as it is contained in the piano-vocal score of the show (not in "selections" format, or from a film or popular adaptation of the work). Musical theater selections must be sung in English.
  • One selection from an opera or operetta: The opera/operetta selection must be sung in its original musical version, key, and language. Contestants may also choose a selection from an opera/operetta by Weill for this category. Again, please note that multiple Weill selections should be contrasting.

For more information on performance requirements, see https://www.kwf.org/pages/llc-guidelines.html.

Discretionary Awards:

  • The Kurt Weill Award, for outstanding performance of at least two contrasting selections by Kurt Weill, one in English, one in French or German.
  • Lys Symonette Awards are given in recognition of various aspects of individual performance such as outstanding performance of a single number, extraordinary achievement and/or promise, and outstanding talent.
  • Carolyn Weber Awards are given in recognition of outstanding creativity in the design of a diverse program and exceptional sensitivity to text/music relationships.
  • Marc Blitzstein Awards are given for an outstanding performance from a pre-1968 musical.
  • Grace Keagy Awards for Outstanding Vocal Promise and Emerging Talent Awards.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175728

Estimated Size of Grant:

Prizes:
- $20,000 First Prize
- $15,000 Second Prize
- $10,000 Third Prize

Discretionary Awards:
- $5,000 Kurt Weill Award
- $3,500 Lys Symonette Award(s)
- $3,500 Carolyn Weber Award(s)
- $3,500 Marc Blitzstein Award(s)

All finalists will receive an award of $1,000. Judges' discretionary prizes are customarily awarded. All semifinalists who do not proceed to the finals receive an award of $500. Additional awards are available to non-finalists: Grace Keagy Awards for Outstanding Vocal Promise and Emerging Talent Awards, each in the amount of $500.

Please note that judges may decide not to award all prizes listed here in any given year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Lotte Lenya Competition recognizes talented singer/actors of all nationalities, ages 19-32, who are dramatically and musically convincing in repertoire ranging from contemporary Broadway scores to opera/operetta, including the works of Kurt Weill.

Open to singer/actors of all nationalities, ages 19–32 (born after 10 April 1988 and before 17 February 2002).

First, Second, and Third Prizewinners from previous years are ineligible to compete in subsequent competitions. Winners of discretionary awards (Lys Symonette, Carolyn Weber, Marc Blitzstein, and Kurt Weill Awards) may compete again so long as they select repertoire different from what they were previously recognized for.

Pre-Application Information:

2021 Competition Dates
- Application open: 1 September 2020
- Applications & audition videos due: 16 February 2021
- Semifinal audition videos: 8 April 2021
- Final auditions (provisional): 29 May 2021

Due to the ongoing global uncertainty regarding travel and in-person gatherings in the coming months, the KWF has revised the schedule and format of the 2021 Lotte Lenya Competition as follows:

- The Preliminary Round will still proceed entirely through video auditions. However, applications and video submissions are now due Tuesday, 16 February 2021.

- Semifinal auditions will take place through video submissions only. Semifinalists will create and submit a second video audition, with financial support by KWF, by Thursday, 8 April 2021. Contestants will then participate in a virtual coaching session with their assigned adjudicator/coach by appointment during the subsequent two weeks.

- The Final Round will take place in person, with or without an audience, on Saturday, 29 May 2021 in either Rochester, NY or New York City. If travel restrictions prevent an in-person final round on this date, it will be rescheduled for a date after 15 August 2021.

For tips on making a preliminary audition video, click here: https://www.kwf.org/pages/tips-audition-video.html

FAQs:https://www.kwf.org/pages/faq.html
Guidelines: https://www.kwf.org/pages/llc-guidelines.html
For guidance on making your preliminary audition video: https://www.kwf.org/pages/tips-audition-video.html

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online: https://thekurtweillfoundationformusic.submittable.com/submit

For questions, contact:

The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music
(212) 505-5240
kwfinfo@kwf.org

Brady Sansone, Director of Programs and Business Affairs
212 505 5240 x204
bsansone@kwf.org .

Veronica Chaffin, Manager of Programs and Business Affairs
(212) 505-5240 x201
vchaffin@kwf.org

The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music
7 East 20th Street
New York, NY 10003

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