Vocal Competition


Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra

Competition: Saturday, October 20, 2018

Between 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM

CONCERT – March 23, 2019:
Schumann, Mozart, Finzi

Winners of the competition will be the soloists for this concert.

This year, four winners in the categories of Soprano, Mezzo-soprano (or Alto), Tenor and Baritone (or Bass) will appear as soloists with the Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra in its March 23, 2019 concert.  The winners will perform as soloists in the W. A. Mozart Regina Coeli in C Major, KV276 and the R. Schumann Requiem. op. 148.  Along with the opportunity to appear as soloists with the Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra and to receive the publicity prior to the performance, each winning contestant will receive a remuneration of five hundred dollars.   

The Collegiate Vocal Competition will be held on  Saturday, October 20th at the Music Mansion, 88 Meeting Street, Providence, RI 02906. Applicants will be informed of a time after we receive your application and registration fee. An accompanist will be provided. Contestants should come prepared to sing an aria of his or her choosing from either oratorio or opera repertoire. The entrant must be enrolled as a student at an institution of higher education in New England at the time of the audition and must be recommended by a teacher at his/her school.  The recommendation may be indicated by signature on the application. The adjudicators are three of New England’s most respected singers who have appeared on numerous occasions as soloists with the Chorale and elsewhere in the region.

 Read what one of our soloists from season 2017-18 wrote about her experience:

“Throughout the whole journey with RICCO, I felt professionally and personally supported. At the competition day I received nothing but warm attitude from the whole team. Performing with the orchestra and chorus and collaborating with the other competition winners was an uplifting experience as well as a learning one. It was an honor to work with Maestro Edward Markward, who is an inspiring musician and person.”


Upon receipt of the application, the entrant will be assigned an audition time. A $38 entry fee in the form of a check made payable to RICCO should accompany the application form, which is due by October 19th 2018 at our address below.


We look forward to hearing you in this, our 11th ANNUAL COLLEGIATE VOCAL SOLO COMPETITION.

An application in Adobe PDF format suitable for printing may be found by clicking HERE. 

Here is a version in Microsoft Word for download if you prefer.  Just click HERE.

(Photos by Erin X. Smithers)