Applications for the Kristina Townsend Memorial Vocal Competition are closed for 2022.
Winners will be announced soon!
The Kristina Townsend Memorial Vocal Competition honors the memory of Kristina Townsend, daughter of Opera Modesto founder Buck Townsend and his wife Erika. Kristina loved music and singing. This competition is designed to encourage and inspire emerging talented young singers in her name
APPLICATION DEADINE: APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED FOR 2022
Applications will take place online only through yaptracker.com. There is no registration fee and no application fee to apply through YAP Tracker.
Application information requested includes contact information, voice instructor, education, performance history, headshot, etc.
One or more cash awards (at the discretion of the judges) will be given to the winner of each of three age categories listed below. An opportunity to perform at a future Opera Modesto event may also be offered to prize winners.
- 16 – 19 years old ($200 1st prize)
- 20 – 22 years old ($300 1st prize)
- 23 – 26 years old ($500 1st prize)
16 – 19 years old category prizes underwritten by Red Tie Arts.
All singers will be notified of competition results via email after the adjudication is complete.
Singers ages 16 – 26 living or studying full-time in one of the following California counties ONLY are eligible to participate:
- Amador, Calaveras, Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tuolumne, or Yolo.
COMPETITION REQUIREMENTS (all music must be memorized)
Singers age 16-19: Submit video recordings of 2 classical pieces with 2 languages represented. 1 musical theater selection may be substituted for 1 of the classical songs.
Singers age 20-22: Submit video recordings of 2 classical pieces with 2 languages represented – 1 art song or oratorio aria and 1 opera aria.
Singers age 23-26: Submit video recordings of 1 art song and 2 opera arias (an oratorio aria may be substituted for one of the opera arias). At least 2 languages must be represented.
Singers must perform with live piano accompaniment or a recorded track. Pieces need to have been recorded within 6 months of the competition.
NOTE (16-19 only): If you are unable to arrange for a pianist or backing track for your selections, please contact Barbara Wesley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOW TO APPLY
Click here to Apply
You do not need to be a paying subscriber to YAP Tracker to use the application form, although you will need to create an account (free, application-only accounts) are available at http://www.yaptracker.com.