2017-2018 Competition Dates
- Nomination deadline: September 18, 2017
- Preliminary round: November 12, 2017 in Wirth Opera Studio (non-public)
- Final competition: Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 7:00pm (Pollack Hall, open to the public)
- Stéphane Lemelin, Jury Chair
- Stefano Algieri
- Kathleen Kelly
- Joseph Rouleau
Overview and Prizes
The Prize in Vocal Performance, established as a result of Elizabeth Wirth’s 2015 landmark gift, is awarded annually to up to four outstanding voice students at the Schulich School of Music who demonstrate exceptional skill and artistry.
- $25,000 for first place
- $1,000 for each runner-up (maximum of three)
As part of the Wirth Vocal Prize, the 2017-2018 winner will perform at the Chapelle Historique du Bon-Pasteur on April 12, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. For more detail, see event listing.
Information for Applicants
Voice students registered in all Schulich School of Music study programs who have completed one year of study at McGill may be considered for nomination.
Voice faculty of the Schulich School of Music submit nominations for the award to the Voice Area Chair. Professors are encouraged to nominate only those students who, in their opinion, demonstrate the very highest level of accomplishment throughout the Voice Area. While faculty are at liberty to nominate their own students, they should aim to recommend only the most outstanding students currently enrolled in the voice program, across all studios.
Shortly after receipt of nominations, candidates will be asked to submit their program, as well as a current CV.
Preliminary round: The panel, consisting of members of the voice and coaching faculty, will select approximately 20 minutes excerpted from the full 30-minute competition program. A maximum of 4 candidates will move to the final round.
Final round: Finalists will present their full 30-minute program in public performance. The jury will consist of three members: two external members and one member from the Schulich School of Music faculty.
Nominated students should prepare a varied 30-minute program that includes at least one opera aria, demonstrating ability in at least three languages.