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Lotte Lenya Competition

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

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music

Deadline Date:

01/21/20

Description:

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Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International singers and actors ages 19 to 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, please see the link in the URL for Full Text field below. 

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.

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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175728

Estimated Size of Grant:

-All semifinalists who do not proceed to the finals receive an award of $500.
-All finalists will receive an award of $1,000.
-$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)

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:

Open to singer/actors of all nationalities, ages 19–32 (born after 2 May 1987 and before 22 January 2001).

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:

Preliminary audition deadline: 21 January 2020.
Notification of decision: 10 February 2020.
Semi-Final auditions in New York City: Wednesday, 11 March or Thursday, 12 March 2020.
Notification of decision: 16 March, 2020.
Final competition: Saturday, 2 May 2020.

Preliminary Auditions:
Each contestant must upload a preliminary video audition, headshot, résumé, and proof of age (driver’s license, passport, or other government ID) with their online application form.
Audition videos must include all four required repertoire selections.

Semi-Finals:
Contestants will be notified if they are invited to the Semi-Final auditions in New York City. Travel stipends are available to semi-finalists traveling more than 100 miles. Contestants may utilize a staff accompanist, who will be provided free of charge.

Finals:
Contestants will be notified if they are invited to the Finals in Rochester, NY. Finals will take place in Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music. Travel stipends are available to all finalists.Contestants may utilize staff accompanists (with 1 hour private rehearsal prior to day of competition), who will be provided without fee.

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

For FAQs, click here: https://www.kwf.org/pages/faq.html

Contact Information:

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

To apply online: https://thekurtweillfoundationformusic.submittable.com/signup?returnUrl=%2fsubmit%2f135668%2flotte-lenya-competition-2020-application

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

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

7 East 20th Street, New York, NY 10003
Telephone: (212) 505-5240
kwfinfo@kwf.org

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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