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The 2016 HAL LEONARD VOCAL COMPETITION

The North American Online Competition for Singers
sponsored by the world leader in vocal music.

The 2016 Hal Leonard Competition is closed for final judging. No further submissions will be accepted. Winners will be announced by May 1, 2016. Thank you to all who participated in the competition. Look for an announcement of the 2017 Hal Leonard Vocal Competition in the summer of 2016.

2016 will be the sixth year of the Hal Leonard Vocal Competition, the innovative online competition for singers. This is the only vocal competition for all of North America aimed at young singers, ages 23 and under, and one of the first legitimate competitions for music students held entirely online.

In keeping with our founding values for the competition, there is no entry fee, making it accessible to any qualifying singer, from any location in North America (and U.S. territories), who records a video comprised of songs from the required repertoire, and then posts it on the internet in the prescribed manner by the deadline. This eliminates the commonly encountered expenses of travel to a designated destination on a specific date, as is the case in conventional music competitions.

Cash prizes are awarded to first place winners in each category, and valuable gift certificates are awarded to those singers placing second and third. Gift certificates are also possible for those named Honorable Mention. All these prizes are in the spirit of supporting further music study among talented singers.

At Hal Leonard for many years we have dedicated ourselves to publishing the very best resources for singers, respectful of various needs and interests, covering a huge variety of music. We hope that the opportunity to prepare and post a video audition continues to spur interest in art song and musical theatre literature. Many singers and teachers have told us how much they value and appreciate the unique opportunity presented by the Hal Leonard Vocal Competition.

We also very much value the sense of shared community that singers and teachers may find in watching video entries of others from all over North America.

We give an inadequate salute to all the thousands of music teachers in North America. You inspire us by keeping our musical heritage alive, passing it on to one student at a time.

Best of luck to all!

The Hal Leonard Vocal Competition is entirely comprised of video entries posted at www.youtube.com. We will not accept entries in any other manner or media for the Hal Leonard Vocal Competition.

Cash Prizes for First Place Winners, Valuable Gift Certificates for Second and Third Place Winners

We congratulate our past prize winners! Click on the year to see the video entries of past prize winners:

2015 |  2014 |  2013 |  2012 |  2011

COMMON PROBLEMS WITH RULES AND OTHER TOPICS

THE USE OF VISIBLE PHOTOCOPIES IS PROHIBITED

We have had to disqualify some video entries because of use of photocopies by accompanists, a clear violation of the rules. We added this strict "no photocopies" rule for the 2013 competition. Most music competitions ban photocopies. Because we are, after all, a music publisher, we must take this rule very seriously.

We have also added to this rule a ban of playing from any visible loose pages of music of any kind, whether they are photocopies or pages cut from a Book, or any visible loose pages placed in any kind of binder, because the judges cannot tell that loose pages such as these are not photocopies. Singers are responsible for the accompanist's compliance with this strict rule. Pianists must play from original publications, whether this is their preference or not. The purchase of a publication does not grant the right to photocopy for rehearsal or performance with a pianist. We urge the use of page turners as necessary.

We note that many competitions have a similar rule, allowing absolutely no photocopies to be used in the performance during auditions.

SONGS MUST BE FROM THE REQUIRED REPERTOIRE LIST

Each year we are forced to disqualify a few entries because the singer sings songs that are not from the list of specified required repertoire publications for a category. This has particularly been a problem in the children's categories. Singers must sing songs from the publications listed in the required repertoire list for the category of entry. Music competitions generally have required repertoire, and the Hal Leonard Vocal Competition is no different in this regard. The publications in the required repertoire list for each category and age division have been carefully considered, and generally offer a wide array of material from which to choose. In fairness, we must insist that all entrants abide by these prescribed rules.

Each year we receive inquiries that essentially ask, "May I sing a song from a Book not on the required repertoire list?" Or, "I have this Book not on your repertoire list. May I sing a song from this instead? The answer to these questions will always be no. In fairness to all entrants we must insist that the repertoire rules be followed. If you sing a song not from one of the publications in the required repertoire list, you will be disqualified.

Also, many singer entries make mistakes in listing which publication a song is from. Please accurately list in your entry form the title of the Book in which your song is published.

ENTER THE APPROPRIATE AGE DIVISION

Age is defined as the entering singer's age on the deadline of February 1, 2016. Make certain that you enter the correct age division of the competition. Each year we have entries in the wrong age categories. Also, make certain that you have chosen songs from the required repertoire publications for your age division. It is not acceptable to sing repertoire from another age division, even a higher age division. Doing so will require us to disqualify your entry.

THE DEADLINE FOR ENTRY MUST BE RESPECTED

Video entries must be submitted by 2:00 am Central time on February 2, 2016. This is 12:00 am Pacific Time.

TRANSPOSITIONS

For High School and College/Young Adult age divisions, the video entries in the Hal Leonard Vocal Competition, songs must be sung in a published key that is in a publication on the required repertoire list for a category. Note that some of the publications on the required repertoire list come in more than one key (such as High Voice or Low Voice). As long as it is a published key from one of the publications on the required repertoire list, the entry is acceptable. For the Hal Leonard Vocal Competition we will not accept entries of transposed keys that are not in the required repertoire list of publications.

We have decided to allow transpositions for the Children's Voices and Early Teen Voices categories, but you must follow the specific instructions stated in the Official Rules and Guidelines.

VIDEO AND AUDIO QUALITY

While we do not expect professional quality video and audio, after hearing thousands of video auditions for the competition, we have observed that those videos with notably poor video and audio quality make a less than good impression. On some entries the audio is so distorted that it is impossible to get a good impression of the singer's voice. We urge you to do the best you can. Take acoustics and the placement of microphones into account. Please test the recording set up before recording your video. A video audition sung in a small room with dead acoustics will generally make a less flattering vocal impression than a video audition recorded in a room with more sympathetic acoustics.

OFFICIAL RULES AND GUIDELINES

In the spirit of fairness to all entries, these rules must be followed explicitly, without exception. It simply would not be fair to all other entrants if we allow an entry that does not follow all the rules.

The rules and guidelines apply to both categories,
Art Song and Musical Theatre.

Official Entry Forms may be accessed at the end of the Required Repertoire for each age division within a category.

  1. Entrants must be legal residents of the United States and its territories, or legal residents of Canada.
  2. Deadline for entry: Video entries must be submitted by 2:00 am Central time on February 2, 2016. Any entries after that strict deadline will be disqualified. No entries will be allowed after the deadline for any reason.
  3. Designated winners will be asked to provide proof of age before the dispensation of prizes.
  4. Results will be announced to entrants via email and on www.halleonard.com/vocalcomp by May 1, 2016. We have added an optional field for teacher's email address to the official entry form; if the teacher's email address is entered, the teacher will also receive notification of results.
  5. An entrant may only win a first place cash prize once per age division within a category (art song or musical theatre). For instance, if you win first place in the Early Teen Voices Art Song category at age 14, you cannot enter again in that category the next year at age 15. Second Place, Third Place and Honorable Mentions are free to re-enter in the same age division.
  6. In the interest of fairness, employees of Hal Leonard, Hal Leonard published composers, editors, arrangers or authors, or members of their immediate families, or their students, are not allowed to enter the Hal Leonard Vocal Competition.
  7. Each entry must be via video posted at www.youtube.com, with the link provided on the entry form. For information on posting videos we recommend exploring the Help section found on the YouTube homepage.
  8. You must follow the repertoire guidelines. Music competitions generally have required repertoire, and the Hal Leonard Vocal Competition is no different in this regard. The publications in the required repertoire list for each category and age division have been carefully considered, and generally offer a variety of material from which to choose. In fairness, we must insist that all entrants abide by these prescribed rules.

    In the past, especially for the Children's Voices and Early Teens Voices categories, we have received inquiries that essentially ask, "May I sing a song from a book not on the required repertoire list?" Or, "My daughter has this book not on your repertoire list. May she sing a song from this instead?" The answer to these questions will always be no. In fairness to all entrants we must insist that the repertoire rules be followed. If you sing a song not from one of the publications in the required repertoire list, your entry will be disqualified. This has happened, unfortunately. It's especially upsetting to us when a young student has not received proper advice from their teacher about the repertoire for the category, and we must disqualify the entry.
  9. We have received inquiries about transpositions from some voice teachers. For the Children's Voices and Early Teens Voices categories only, we will allow transposition if the voice teacher feels this solves a vocal problem for the singer. If you wish to transpose a song, it is required that you seek permission for each song that you wish to transpose. Permissions must be sought via email to vocal@halleonard.com.

    Transpositions are allowed only to address vocal issues common to children and voices going through puberty. Transpositions will not be allowed for the high school and college categories.
  10. Each year a few teachers of young students ask questions that require stating that this audition is a complete performance of a song as published. Complete introductions, interludes, etc., must be performed. All repeats must be performed. If a singer is uncomfortable with a song which has a long introduction or interlude, choose a different song!
  11. Tasteful, stylistic ornamentation is allowed for Baroque selections in the art song category.
  12. For musical theatre selections, it is within the style for the singer to take a few interpretive liberties, but these should be deliberately chosen stylistic choices, not musical inaccuracies. The style of singing remains musical theatre, and should not venture into pop/rock/jazz improvisation. The taste and interpretive choices a singer makes will be part of what is judged. If the judges believe the singer has strayed too far away from the song as written, or from the way it is traditionally performed, it could impact the judging. Some teachers seem to think that if a singer does not sing exactly the notes and rhythms that are on the page, that the student audition should not be judged positively. It's up to the judges to decide what is acceptable within the style, and what is not.
  13. Accompanists are forbidden to use photocopies. Pianists accompanying singers must play from original publications. Entries with visible photocopies or visible loose pages of any kind will be automatically disqualified. Photocopying music is illegal. The purchase of a publication does not grant the right to photocopy for rehearsal or performance with a pianist. We have also added a ban of playing from any visible loose pages of music of any kind, whether they are photocopies or pages cut from a Book, or visible loose pages of any kind in any kind of binder, because the judges cannot tell that loose pages cut from publications such as these are not photocopies.

    Singers are responsible for the accompanist's compliance with this strict rule. We cannot make any exceptions. Pianists must play from original publications, whether this is their preference or not. There is no other choice for this competition. We urge the use of page turners as necessary. We also note that many competitions have a similar rule, allowing absolutely no photocopies to be used in the performance during auditions.
  14. Audio and video quality impact the impression your video makes to a degree. The picture and sound should be as clear as possible. Audio distortion is greatly detrimental to the vocal quality of the singing. While we urge you to take care to create the best audio and video quality possible, professional level production values are not necessary. Many videos made simply in homes or schools have been very good in quality of recording. We urge you to view the top placing videos in past competitions (at www.halleonard.com/vocalcomp) to get a sense of acceptable standards of video and audio quality. Make sure the volume is adequate in your recording. In some entries in the past the volume of the recording is so quiet that we struggle to hear the singing. If possible, record in an acoustically flattering room. Experiment with camera and microphone placement for best results. (For general tips, we recommend clicking on Help on the YouTube homepage, then seeking further information at the General Help Center.) Your YouTube video posting must be titled as follows.
  15. The performance recorded for the video entry must be acoustic and not amplified. The only microphone(s) involved should be for recording, and must not be amplified. Each year we have entries that are disqualified because they are using amplification and/or enhancement and mixing on the vocal microphone.
  16. No mixing or sound enhancement is allowed through any kind of soundboard, including at a recording studio. No reverb can be added to the recording.The recording must be honest and acoustic. As closely as possible, it needs to be as if we were in the room listening to you perform live.
  17. For the Art Song competition, in any age category, your video must be titled as follows:

    HL Art Song 2016 Your Name

    For instance:

    HL Art Song 2016 Mary Smith.

    To be explicit:

    HL(one space)Art(one space)Song(one space)2016(one space)Mary(one space)Smith

    Note that HL is capitalized with no space between the H and L, and the first letter of Art and Song are capitalized. Also note that Art and Song are two separate words, with one space between them.

    Every year we have lots of mistakes in the entries, and have to spend lots of time trying to find entries on youbtube because these instructions were not carefully followed. In some cases, we cannot find the entry because of this.
  18. For the Musical Theatre competition, in any age category, your video must be titled as follows:

    HL Theatre 2016 Your Name

    For instance:

    HL Theatre 2016 Mary Smith.

    To be explicit:

    HL(one space)Theatre(one space)2016(one space)Mary(one space)Smith

    Note that HL is capitalized with no space between the H and L, and the first letter of theatre is capitalized. Note the spelling of Theatre (We have chosen Theatre as the spelling, not Theater, which is another acceptable spelling.)

    In the past we have had many entries which do not follow these titling directions, sometimes making it impossible to find their entries. With 1000 entries or more, we cannot spend time searching for your video if you did not title it properly. If your entry strays from these titling instructions, you risk being disqualified.
  19. In the official entry form, you will be providing the link with the web address of your video posting. Hal Leonard will also be copying your posting into the Hal Leonard Vocal Channel. We have had several entries for which the link to the video did not work. Please double check the link provided.
  20. Please note that you must select "Public" in the Privacy settings found under the broadcasting and Sharing Options section when uploading your video file to YouTube. If you select "Unlisted" or "Private" your submission will be invalid. Please only enter the Hal Leonard Vocal Competition if you are comfortable posting a public video on YouTube.Every year we have entries that do not understand this point, and we have to ask them to make their video viewable, and we sometimes have a reply that says, "I don't want my video publicly viewed." That's the spirit of YouTube. Don't enter if you don't want your video publicly viewed.
  21. The video must clearly show your face. A frozen camera position throughout, showing your face and most of your body, is perfectly acceptable, even preferable.
  22. Singers are required to sing their selections from memory on the competition video entries. If a singer's performance is not memorized, the entry will be disqualified.
  23. You may sing with a live pianist in your video entry, or you may sing with official Hal Leonard recorded accompaniments which are packaged with or are companion to the required publications. Only official Hal Leonard recorded accompaniments are allowed. No other recorded accompaniments will be accepted, including orchestrated accompaniments. Many entries using our official Hal Leonard recorded accompaniments have been quite good.

    We will not accept unaccompanied entries.

    Note that the quality of the accompanist's playing can affect not only your singing, but also the judging. An accompaniment with many wrong notes creates a bad impression. If you believe this may be an issue, we urge you to use Hal Leonard recorded accompaniments instead.
  24. The video should be in the spirit of a recital or audition. It may be shot in a home, school, church, synagogue, recital hall, or some other appropriate location, with or without an audience. Please take into account the acoustics of the room. A small room with dead acoustics will not flatter a voice. We encourage you to dress appropriately, as you would for a recital or an audition.
  25. You are required to introduce yourself and your selections on the video entry. This is a simple introduction in the spirit of an audition. The spoken portion of the video entry must be limited to the following:

    FOR THE ART SONG COMPETITION
    Your name
    The composer and title of your selection (prior to each song).

    FOR THE MUSICAL THEATRE COMPETITION
    Your name
    The title of the song
    The show the song is from

    Do not say anything more in your video entry to the Hal Leonard Vocal Competition. Those departing from this stated direction may be disqualified.

    For the Art Song Competition, a typical model of spoken introduction before the first selection is:

    I am __________________. I will sing "The Silver Swan" by Orlando Gibbons (Or after your name you could simply state the selection without saying “I will sing…")

    Before the second selection, simply state the song title and the composer. For example:

    "Per la gloria d'adorarvi" by Giovanni Bononcini

    Take very special care to pronounce the title of your song and the composer's name correctly.

    For the Musical Theatre Competition, a typical model of spoken introduction before the first selection is:

    I am __________________. I will sing "Part of Your World" from The Little Mermaid. (Or after your name you could simply state the selection without saying “I will sing…")

    Before the second selection, simply introduce the song by stating the song title and the show the song is from:

    "Where Is Love" from Oliver
  26. Video editing during a song is not allowed. The only editing allowed in the audition video is the insertion of an introduction, if necessary, and the editing together of two required songs.
  27. Each singer should submit both required songs within one video entry for a category. We continue to have some singers who submit a separate video entry for each song submitted. Please do not do this.
  28. A singer is allowed to enter both the Art Song and Musical Theatre Competitions.
  29. There is no fee required for entry in the Hal Leonard Vocal Competition.

We have attempted to thoroughly address all issues in these rules and guidelines. We repeat that, in fairness to all entrants, the official rules must be followed explicitly, without exception. The repertoire requirements must be strictly followed. If you write to us asking us to make an exception for you regarding required repertoire, or asking to submit a video entry to the competition after the stated deadline, we will simply write back stating the rules we must enforce.

We believe questions about topics beyond those covered should be very rare. If they arise, they may be directed to vocal@halleonard.com.

JUDGING

Art Song

Judging will be by a qualified panel selected by Hal Leonard. Decisions made will be final. Criteria for judging will be most importantly voice quality and overall vocal talent. Additionally, judges will consider clarity of voice, diction, musicianship, musicality and expression, the singer's choice of repertoire, communication, presentation, and the performing personality of the singer.

Musical Theatre

We remind you that this is a singing competition. We urge performers to refrain from choreography in the musical video entries, however, we want lively, theatrical singing. Classical singers with good voices singing theatre repertoire need to sing in an appropriate theatre style, with good acting and expression. Judging will be by a qualified panel selected by Hal Leonard. Decisions made will be final. Criteria for judging singing actors will be voice quality and overall vocal talent combined with theatrically persuasive ability to communicate. Additionally, judges will consider acting ability, clarity of voice, diction, musicianship, musicality, and expression, the singer's choice of repertoire, communication and presentation, and the performing personality of the singer.

Competition Age Divisions with Required Repertoire

See required repertoire details for each category and age division below. To find out more about any of the required repertoire publications listed, including viewing complete contents, enter the 8-digit publication number in the Search field at www.halleonard.com.

CHILDREN'S VOICES, AGE 12 AND UNDER
Repertoire Requirements and Prizes

For the purposes of this competition, age is defined as the age of the entrant on the deadline date of February 1, 2016. Entrants must be legal residents of the United States and its territories, or legal residents of Canada. Entries which include songs which are not from the publications listed in the repertoire requirements for this age group and category below will be disqualified.

Photocopies are illegal, and are not allowed. Pianists accompanying singers must play from original publications, not loose pages of any kind or loose pages in a binder. See rule 8. (A page turner may be needed.) Entries with visible photocopies or loose pages, or loose pages in a binder will be automatically disqualified. Singers are responsible for the accompanist's compliance with this rule.

Please be aware of contrast. Do not sing two slow songs, or two fast songs, or two songs of similar character.

First Place: $250 cash
Second Place: $200 gift certificate for music publications of the designee's choice available from Hal Leonard
Third Place: $100 gift certificate for music publications of the designee's choice available from Hal Leonard

Further gift certificates for Honorable Mentions are possible for one Book with a retail value of up to $50.00.

At the judges' discretion, further entries may be cited as Finalists and or Semi-Finalist for a category. It is entirely up to the judges when judging a specific category as to whether Finalists and Semi-Finalists will be cited. These distinctions are not necessarily cited for all categories. The Finalists are those who achieved a level of consideration in the round of judging which determined the place winners and Honorable Mentions. Semi-Finalists are those who were cited as meriting further consideration after the first round of judging. There are no prizes for these distinctions of Finalist and Semi-Finalist.

Required repertoire for the Children's Voices Art Song category:

The purpose of having a children's art song category is to hear natural, lyrical singing with a "classical" approach, as opposed to a child's natural belting sound appropriate to musical theatre. To be explicit, we are not looking for the child's belting style of singing in this category. If that is the child's natural singing voice, please enter in the Musical Theatre category only.

There is a limited amount of "classical" repertoire suitable to children. Two contrasting songs are required. No other repertoire is acceptable for this category. Entries with songs not from one of the publications below will be disqualified.

You must sing repertoire as stated below. No substitutions of other repertoire is allowed. We inexplicably get questions every year from quite a few people asking if they can sing songs not on the required repertoire list. The answer will always be no. Please do not ask us for allowances or exceptions to the required repertoire list for this category. If you sing songs outside of the publications listed below on the required list, your entry will be disqualified.

Note to teachers and parents: We have more disqualifications in the children's categories than any other category because repertoire rules are not followed. Fairness must prevail, and we cannot have a publicly declared winner with songs not on the required repertoire list. Be absolutely certain that the contestant is singing songs from the required repertoire only.

36 Solos for Young Singers
compiled by Joan Frey Boytim; Hal Leonard,
Book/Audio
36 More Solos for Young Singers
compiled by Joan Frey Boytim; Hal Leonard,
Book/Audio
The Boy's Changing Voice (for a boy's voice in transition; not recommended for a boy's voice not yet in transition as the range will be too low)
Hal Leonard,
Book/Audio
Daffodils, Violets & Snowflakes
compiled by Joan Frey Boytim
High Voice, Book/Audio
Low Voice, Book/Audio

EARLY TEEN VOICES, AGES 13-15
Repertoire Requirements and Prizes

For the purposes of this competition, age is defined as the age of the entrant on the deadline date of February 1, 2016. Entrants must be legal residents of the United States and its territories, or legal residents of Canada. Entries which include songs which are not from the publications listed in the repertoire requirements for this age group and category below will be disqualified.

Photocopies are illegal, and are not allowed. Pianists accompanying singers must play from original publications, not loose pages of any kind or loose pages in a binder. See rule 8. (A page turner may be needed.) Entries with visible photocopies or loose pages, or loose pages in a binder will be automatically disqualified. Singers are responsible for the accompanist's compliance with this rule.

Please be aware of contrast. Do not sing two slow songs, or two fast songs, or two songs of similar character.

First Place: $500 cash
Second Place: $200 gift certificate for music publications of the designee's choice available from Hal Leonard
Third Place: $100 gift certificate for music publications of the designee's choice available from Hal Leonard

Further gift certificates for Honorable Mentions are possible for one Book with a retail value of up to $50.00.

At the judges' discretion, further entries may be cited as Finalists and or Semi-Finalist for a category. It is entirely up to the judges when judging a specific category as to whether Finalists and Semi-Finalists will be cited. These distinctions are not necessarily cited for all categories. The Finalists are those who achieved a level of consideration in the round of judging which determined the place winners and Honorable Mentions. Semi-Finalists are those who were cited as meriting further consideration after the first round of judging. There are no prizes for these distinctions of Finalist and Semi-Finalist.

Required repertoire for the Early Teen Voices category:

Any two contrasting songs from the following publications. The contrast between the songs should include differences in mood and tempo. Only editions of songs from these designated publications are allowed for entry.

You must sing repertoire as stated below. No substitutions of other repertoire is allowed. We inexplicably get questions every year from quite a few people asking if they can sing songs from publications not on the required repertoire list. The answer will always be no. Please do not ask us for allowances or exceptions to the required repertoire list for this category. Entries with songs not from one of the publications below will be disqualified.

A helpful comment: You will not necessarily do better in the judging by choosing a more difficult and challenging song if you cannot master it well. It is better to sing something you do well.

Easy Songs for the Beginning Soprano
Easy Songs for the Beginning Soprano - Part II
compiled by Joan Frey Boytim; G. Schirmer/Hal Leonard
Part I, Book/Audio
Part II, Book/Audio
Easy Songs for the Beginning Mezzo-Soprano/Alto
Easy Songs for the Beginning Mezzo-Soprano/Alto - Part II
compiled by Joan Frey Boytim; G. Schirmer/Hal Leonard
Part I, Book/Audio
Part II, Book/Audio
Easy Songs for the Beginning Tenor
Easy Songs for the Beginning Tenor - Part II
compiled by Joan Frey Boytim; G. Schirmer/Hal Leonard
Part I, Book/Audio
Part II, Book/Audio
Easy Songs for the Beginning Baritone/Bass
Easy Songs for the Beginning Baritone/Bass - Part II
compiled by Joan Frey Boytim; G. Schirmer/Hal Leonard
Part I, Book/Audio
Part II, Book/Audio
15 Easy Folksong Arrangements for the Progressing Singer
edited by Richard Walters; Hal Leonard
High Voice, Book/Audio
Low Voice, Book/Audio
15 Easy Spiritual Arrangements for the Progessing Singer
edited by Richard Walters; Hal Leonard
High Voice, Book/Audio
Low Voice, Book/Audio
English Songs: Renaissance to Baroque
edited by Steven Stolen and Richard Walters; Hal Leonard
High Voice   Book/Audio
Low Voice   Book/Audio
The Student Singer
Hal Leonard
High Voice, Book/Audio
Low Voice, Book/Audio
Lovers, Lasses & Spring
compiled by Joan Frey Boytim; Hal Leonard
Book/Audio
Roses, Laughter & Lullabies
compiled by Joan Frey Boytim; Hal Leonard
Book/Audio
The Boy's Changing Voice
Hal Leonard
Book/Audio
28 Italian Songs and Arias of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
edited by Richard Walters; G. Schirmer/Hal Leonard
High Voice  Book/Audio
Medium High Voice  Book/Audio
Medium Voice  Book/Audio
Medium Low Voice  Book/Audio
Low Voice  Book/Audio
Harry T. Burleigh: 25 Spirituals
Hal Leonard, The Vocal Library
High Voice Book/Audio
Low Voice Book/Audio
Young Ladies, Shipmates and Journeys

Tenor, Book/Audio
Baritone/Bass Book/Audio

HIGH SCHOOL VOICES, AGES 16-18
Repertoire Requirements and Prizes

For the purposes of this competition, age is defined as the age of the entrant on the deadline date of February 1, 2016. Entrants must be legal residents of the United States and its territories, or legal residents of Canada and enrolled in a High School or its equivalent at the time of entry. Entries which include songs which are not from the publications listed in the repertoire requirements for this age group and category below will be disqualified.

Photocopies are illegal, and are not allowed. Pianists accompanying singers must play from original publications, not loose pages of any kind or loose pages in a binder. See rule 8. (A page turner may be needed.) Entries with visible photocopies or loose pages, or loose pages in a binder will be automatically disqualified. Singers are responsible for the accompanist’s compliance with this rule.

Please be aware of contrast. Do not sing two slow songs, or two fast songs, or two songs of similar character.

First Place: $750 cash
Second Place: $300 gift certificate for music publications of the designee's choice available from Hal Leonard
Third Place: $100 gift certificate for music publications of the designee's choice available from Hal Leonard

Further gift certificates for Honorable Mentions are possible for one Book with a retail value of up to $50.00.

At the judges’ discretion, further entries may be cited as Finalists and or Semi-Finalist for a category. It is entirely up to the judges when judging a specific category as to whether Finalists and Semi-Finalists will be cited. These distinctions are not necessarily cited for all categories. The Finalists are those who achieved a level of consideration in the round of judging which determined the place winners and Honorable Mentions. Semi-Finalists are those who were cited as meriting further consideration after the first round of judging. There are no prizes for these distinctions of Finalist and Semi-Finalist.

Required repertoire for the High School Voices category:

Any two contrasting songs in two different languages from the following publications. The contrast between the songs should include differences in language, mood and tempo. Only editions of songs from these designated publications are allowed for entry. No other repertoire is acceptable for this category. Entries with songs not from one of the publications below will be disqualified.

15 Recital Songs in English
Boosey & Hawkes/Hal Leonard
High Voice, Book/Audio
Low Voice, Book/Audio
15 Art Songs by American Composers
Boosey & Hawkes/Hal Leonard
High Voice, Book/Audio
Low Voice, Book/Audio
15 Art Songs by British Composers
Boosey & Hawkes/Hal Leonard
High Voice, Book/Audio
Low Voice, Book/Audio
15 American Art Songs
G. Schirmer/Hal Leonard
High Voice, Book/Audio
Low Voice, Book/Audio
15 More American Art Songs
G. Schirmer/Hal Leonard
High Voice, Book/Audio
Low Voice, Book/Audio
28 American Art Songs
G. Schirmer
High Voice, Book/Audio
Low Voice, Book/Audio
28 Italian Songs and Arias of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
edited by Richard Walters; G. Schirmer/Hal Leonard
High Voice  Book/Audio
Medium High Voice  Book/Audio
Medium Voice  Book/Audio
Medium Low Voice  Book/Audio
Low Voice  Book/Audio
Anthology of Spanish Song
edited by Maria DiPalma and Richard Walters; Hal Leonard, The Vocal Library
High Voice   High Voice Accompaniment CDs   Book/Audio
Low Voice   Low Voice Accompaniment CDs   Book/Audio
The Art Song Anthology
edited by Richard Walters; Hal Leonard, The Vocal Library
High Voice Book/Audio
Low Voice Book/Audio
Dominick Argento: Six Elizabethan Songs
Boosey & Hawkes
High Voice Book/Audio
Medium/Low Voice Book/Audio
Classical Contest Solos
Hal Leonard
Soprano Book/Audio
Mezzo-Soprano/Alto Book/Audio
Tenor Book/Audio
Baritone/Bass Book/Audio
English Songs: Renaissance to Baroque
edited by Steven Stolen and Richard Walters; Hal Leonard, The Vocal Library
High Voice  Book/Audio
Low Voice  Book/Audio
Favorite French Art Songs (Volume 1 or 2)
Hal Leonard, The Vocal Library
High Voice Vol. 1 Book/Audio
High Voice Vol. 2 Book/Audio
Low Voice Vol. 1 Book/Audio
Low Voice Vol. 2 Book/Audio
Favorite German Art Songs (Volume 1 or 2)
Hal Leonard, The Vocal Library
High Voice Vol. 1 Book/Audio
High Voice Vol. 2 Book/Audio
Low Voice Vol. 1 Book/Audio
Low Voice Vol. 2 Book/Audio
Favorite Spanish Art Songs
Hal Leonard, The Vocal Library
High Voice Book/Audio
Low Voice Book/Audio
The French Song Anthology
edited by Carol Kimball and Richard Walters; Hal Leonard, The Vocal Library
High Voice  High Voice Accompaniment CDs
Low Voice  Low Voice Accompaniment CDs
Pronunciation Guide Book/Audio
High Voice Complete Package (with Accomp CDs and Pronunciation Guide CDs)
Low Voice Complete Package (with Accomp CDs and Pronunciation Guide CDs)
The Lieder Anthology
edited by Virginia Saya and Richard Walters; Hal Leonard, The Vocal Library
High Voice  High Voice Accompaniment CDs
Low Voice  Low Voice Accompaniment CDs
Pronunciation Guide Book/Audio
High Voice Complete Package (with Accomp CDs and Pronunciation Guide CDs)
Low Voice Complete Package (with Accomp CDs and Pronunciation Guide CDs)
Samuel Barber: 10 Selected Songs
G. Schirmer/Hal Leonard
High Voice Book/Audio
Low Voice Book/Audio
Leonard Bernstein: I Hate Music!
Boosey & Hawkes/Hal Leonard
High Voice
Low Voice
Johannes Brahms: 15 Selected Songs
edited by Richard Walters; Hal Leonard, The Vocal Library
High Voice Book/Audio
Low Voice Book/Audio
Benjamin Britten: 12 Selected Folksong Arrangements
Boosey & Hawkes/Hal Leonard
High Voice Book/Audio
Medium/Low Voice Book/Audio
Harry T. Burleigh: 25 Spirituals
Hal Leonard, The Vocal Library
High Voice Book/Audio
Low Voice Book/Audio
Aaron Copland: Old American Songs Complete
Boosey & Hawkes/Hal Leonard
High Voice  Book/Audio
Medium Voice  Medium Voice Book/Audio
Low Voice  Low Voice Book/Audio
Gabriel Fauré: 15 Selected Songs
edited by Richard Walters; Hal Leonard, The Vocal Library
High Voice Book/Audio
Low Voice Book/Audio
Henry Purcell: 12 Selected Songs
realizations by Benjamin Britten
Boosey & Hawkes/Hal Leonard
High Voice Book/Audio
Medium/Low Voice Book/Audio
Roger Quilter: 55 Songs
edited by Richard Walters; Hal Leonard, The Vocal Library
High Voice
Low Voice
Ned Rorem: 10 Selected Songs
Boosey & Hawkes/Hal Leonard
High Voice Book/Audio
Low Voice Book/Audio
Franz Schubert: 15 Selected Songs
edited by Richard Walters; Hal Leonard, The Vocal Library
High Voice Book/Audio
Low Voice Book/Audio
Songs of John Jacob Niles
G. Schirmer, Inc.
High Voice
Low Voice
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Songs of Travel
edited by Richard Walters; Hal Leonard, The Vocal Library
High Voice Book/Audio
Low Voice Book/Audio

Note: Any opera, operetta or oratorio arias in The First Book of Solos books are not eligible repertory.

The First Book of Soprano Solos
Compiled by Joan Boytim/G. Schirmer
Book
Book/Audio
The First Book of Soprano Solos Part II
Compiled by Joan Boytim/G. Schirmer
Book
Book/Audio
The First Book of Soprano Solos Part III
Compiled by Joan Boytim/G. Schirmer
Book
Book/Audio
The First Book of Mezzo-Soprano/Alto Solos
Compiled by Joan Boytim/G. Schirmer
Book
Book/Audio
The First Book of Mezzo-Soprano/Alto Solos Part II
Compiled by Joan Boytim/G. Schirmer
Book
Book/Audio
The First Book of Mezzo-Soprano/Alto Solos Part III
Compiled by Joan Boytim/G. Schirmer
Book
Book/Audio
The First Book of Tenor Solos
Compiled by Joan Boytim/G. Schirmer
Book
Book/Audio
The First Book of Tenor Solos Part II
Compiled by Joan Boytim/G. Schirmer
Book
Book/Audio
The First Book of Tenor Solos Part III
Compiled by Joan Boytim/G. Schirmer
Book
Book/Audio
The First Book of Baritone/Bass Solos
Compiled by Joan Boytim/G. Schirmer
Book
Book/Audio
The First Book of Baritone/Bass Solos Part II
Compiled by Joan Boytim/G. Schirmer
Book
Book/Audio
The First Book of Baritone/Bass Solos Part III
Compiled by Joan Boytim/G. Schirmer
Book
Book/Audio

COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY VOICES, AGES 18-23
Repertoire Requirements and Prizes

For the purposes of this competition, age is defined as the age of the entrant on the deadline date of February 1, 2016. Entrants must be legal residents of the United States and its territories, or legal residents of Canada and enrolled as an undergraduate at a college, university or conservatory at time of entry. Entries which include songs which are not from the publications listed in the repertoire requirements for this age group and category below will be disqualified.

Photocopies are illegal, and are not allowed. Pianists accompanying singers must play from original publications, not loose pages of any kind or loose pages in a binder. See rule 8. (A page turner may be needed.) Entries with visible photocopies or loose pages, or loose pages in a binder will be automatically disqualified. Singers are responsible for the accompanist’s compliance with this rule.

Please be aware of contrast. Do not sing two slow songs, or two fast songs, or two songs of similar character.

First Place: $1000 cash
Second Place: $300 gift certificate for music publications of the designee's choice available from Hal Leonard
Third Place: $100 gift certificate for music publications of the designee's choice available from Hal Leonard

Further gift certificates for Honorable Mentions are possible for one Book with a retail value of up to $50.00.

At the judges’ discretion, further entries may be cited as Finalists and or Semi-Finalist for a category. It is entirely up to the judges when judging a specific category as to whether Finalists and Semi-Finalists will be cited. These distinctions are not necessarily cited for all categories. The Finalists are those who achieved a level of consideration in the round of judging which determined the place winners and Honorable Mentions. Semi-Finalists are those who were cited as meriting further consideration after the first round of judging. There are no prizes for these distinctions of Finalist and Semi-Finalist.

Required repertoire for the College/University Voices category:

Choose any two contrasting songs in two different languages only from the following publications. The contrast between the songs should include differences in language, mood and tempo. We advise you to choose songs that show your vocal and expressive capabilities, revealing a true feeling for art song and some degree of sophistication as a recitalist. Only editions of songs from these designated publications are allowed for entry. No other repertoire is acceptable for this category. Entries with songs not from one of the publications below will be disqualified.

Anthology of Spanish Song
edited by Maria DiPalma and Richard Walters; Hal Leonard, The Vocal Library
High Voice   High Voice Accompaniment CDs   Book/Audio
Low Voice   Low Voice Accompaniment CDs   Book/Audio
The Art Song Anthology
edited by Richard Walters; Hal Leonard, The Vocal Library
High Voice Book/Audio
Low Voice Book/Audio
Art Song in English
Boosey & Hawkes/Hal Leonard
High Voice
Low Voice
G. Schirmer Collection of American Art Song
G. Schirmer/Hal Leonard
High Voice
Medium/Low Voice
The French Song Anthology
edited by Carol Kimball and Richard Walters; Hal Leonard, The Vocal Library
High Voice   High Voice Accompaniment CDs
Low Voice  Low Voice Accompaniment CDs
Pronunciation Guide Book/Audio
High Voice Complete Package (with Accomp CDs and Pronunciation Guide CDs)
Low Voice Complete Package (with Accomp CDs and Pronunciation Guide CDs)
The Lieder Anthology
edited by Virginia Saya and Richard Walters; Hal Leonard, The Vocal Library
High Voice  High Voice Accompaniment CDs
Low Voice  Low Voice Accompaniment CDs
Pronunciation Guide Book/Audio
High Voice Complete Package (with Accomp CDs and Pronunciation Guide CDs)
Low Voice Complete Package (with Accomp CDs and Pronunciation Guide CDs)
Women Composers
edited by Carol Kimball; Hal Leonard, The Vocal Library
High Voice
Low Voice
Folksongs in Recital
concert arrangements by Richard Walters; Hal Leonard, The Vocal Library
High Voice Book/Audio
Low Voice Book/Audio
Italian Art Songs of the 20th Century
Ricordi
High Voice
Medium Voice
Samuel Barber: 65 Songs
edited by Richard Walters; G. Schirmer
High Voice
Medium/Low Voice
Vincenzo Bellini: 15 Composizioni da Camera
Ricordi
High Voice
Low Voice
Johannes Brahms: 75 Songs
edited by Richard Walters, Laura Ward and Elaine Schmidt; Hal Leonard, The Vocal Library
High Voice
Low Voice
Benjamin Britten: Collected Songs
Boosey & Hawkes
High Voice
Medium/Low Voice
Aaron Copland: Old American Songs Complete
Boosey & Hawkes/Hal Leonard
High Voice  High Voice Book/Audio
Medium Voice  Medium Voice Book/Audio
Low Voice  Low Voice Book/Audio
Songs of Claude Debussy
edited by James Briscoe; Hal Leonard, The Vocal Library
High Voice
Medium Voice
Gabriel Fauré: 50 Songs
edited by Laura Ward and Richard Walters; Hal Leonard, The Vocal Library
High Voice
Medium/Low Voice
Gerald Finzi: Collected Songs
Boosey & Hawkes/Hal Leonard
High Voice
Medium/Low Voice
Charles Ives: 114 Songs
Peermusic Classical
Book
Joseph Marx: 30 Songs
Hal Leonard, The Vocal Library
High Voice/Medium Voice
The Opera America SongBook (46 Art Songs)
Schott
Book
The Best of Poulenc
Durand/Eschig/Salabert
High Voice
Medium Voice
The Purcell Collection: Realizations by Benjamin Britten
Boosey & Hawkes/Hal Leonard
High Voice
Medium/Low Voice
(Note: Selections from Dido and Aeneas are not acceptable because they are opera arias and not art songs.)
Roger Quilter: 55 Songs
Hal Leonard, The Vocal
High Voice
Low Voice
Ned Rorem: 50 Collected Songs
Boosey & Hawkes/Hal Leonard
High Voice
Medium/Low Voice
Franz Schubert: 100 Songs
edited by Steven Stolen and Richard Walters; Hal Leonard, The Vocal Library
High Voice
Low Voice
Richard Strauss: 40 Songs
edited by Laura Ward and Richard Walters; Hal Leonard, The Vocal Library
High Voice
Medium/Low Voice
John Musto: Collected Songs for High Voice and Piano
Peermusic Classical
Volume 1
Volume 2
Volume 3
Volume 4
Volume 5
Dominick Argento: Six Elizabethan Songs
Boosey & Hawkes
High Voice Book/Audio
Medium/Low Voice Book/Audio
Maurice Ravel: 46 Melodies
Editions Durand
High Voice
Medium/Low Voice
20th Century French Art Song
Compiled and Edited by Carol Kimball/Editions Durand
High Voice
Medium/Low Voice
Gioachino Rossini: Arie de Camera
High/Medium High Voice
William Bolcom: Concert Songs Volume 1
1975-2000
Edward B. Marks Music
High Voice
Medium/Low Voice
William Bolcom: Concert Songs Volume 1
2001-2012
Edward B. Marks Music
High Voice
Medium/Low Voice

Competition Age Divisions with Required Repertoire

See required repertoire details for each category and age division below. To find out more about any of the required repertoire publications listed, including viewing complete contents, enter the 8-digit publication number in the Search field at www.halleonard.com.

CHILDREN'S VOICES, AGE 12 AND UNDER
Repertoire Requirements and Prizes

For the purposes of this competition, age is defined as the age of the entrant on the deadline date of February 1, 2016. Entrants must be legal residents of the United States and its territories, or legal residents of Canada. Entries which include songs which are not from the publications listed in the repertoire requirements for this age group and category below will be disqualified.

Photocopies are illegal, and are not allowed. Pianists accompanying singers must play from original publications, not loose pages of any kind or loose pages in a binder. See rule 8. (A page turner may be needed.) Entries with visible photocopies or loose pages, or loose pages in a binder will be automatically disqualified. Singers are responsible for the accompanist’s compliance with this rule.

Please be aware of contrast. Do not sing two slow songs, or two fast songs, or two songs of similar character.

First Place: $250 cash
Second Place: $200 gift certificate for music publications of the designee's choice available from Hal Leonard
Third Place: $100 gift certificate for music publications of the designee's choice available from Hal Leonard

Further gift certificates for Honorable Mentions are possible for one Book with a retail value of up to $50.00.

At the judges’ discretion, further entries may be cited as Finalists and or Semi-Finalist for a category. It is entirely up to the judges when judging a specific category as to whether Finalists and Semi-Finalists will be cited. These distinctions are not necessarily cited for all categories. The Finalists are those who achieved a level of consideration in the round of judging which determined the place winners and Honorable Mentions. Semi-Finalists are those who were cited as meriting further consideration after the first round of judging. There are no prizes for these distinctions of Finalist and Semi-Finalist.

Required repertoire for the Children's Voices category:

Any two contrasting songs from the following publications. The contrast between the songs should include differences in mood and tempo. Only editions of songs from these designated publications are allowed for entry. No other repertoire is acceptable for this category. Entries with songs not from one of the publications below will be disqualified.

You must sing repertoire as stated below. No substitutions of other repertoire is allowed. There are plenty of choices of songs in the publications listed below. We inexplicably get questions every year from quite a few people asking if they can sing songs not on the required repertoire list. The answer will always be no. Please do not ask us for allowances or exceptions to the required repertoire list for this category. If you sing songs outside of the publications listed below on the required list, your entry will be disqualified.

Note to Teachers and Parents: We have more disqualifications in the children’s categories than any other category because repertoire rules are not followed. Fairness must prevail, and we cannot have a publicly declared winner with songs not on the required repertoire list. Be absolutely certain that the contestant is singing songs from the required repertoire publications only.

Broadway Presents! Kids' Musical Theatre Anthology
Alfred, distributed by Hal Leonard
Book/Audio
Broadway Songs 4 Kids
Hal Leonard
Book/Audio
Disney Collected Kids' Solos
Hal Leonard
Book/Audio
Disney Solos for Kids
Hal Leonard
Book/Audio
More Disney Solos for Kids
Hal Leonard
Book/Audio
Still More Disney Solos for Kids
Hal Leonard
Book/Audio
Girls' Songs from Musicals
Hal Leonard
Book/Audio
Boys' Songs from Musicals
Hal Leonard
Book/Audio
Kids' Broadway SongBook
Hal Leonard
Book/Audio
Book Only
Accompaniment CD
The Kid's Musical Theatre Audition
Hal Leonard
Girl's Edition Book/Audio
Boy's Edition Book/Audio
Kids' Musical Theatre Collection Volume 1
Hal Leonard
Book/Audio
Kids' Musical Theatre Collection Volume 2
Hal Leonard
Book/Audio
Kids' Musical Theatre Collection Volumes 1 and 2 Combined
Hal Leonard
Book
Kids’ Songs from Contemporary Musicals
Hal Leonard
Book/Audio
Kid's Vocal Solo Collection
Hal Leonard
Book/Audio
Kids' Stage & Screen Songs
Hal Leonard
Book/Audio
Rodgers & Hammerstein Solos for Kids
Hal Leonard
Book/Audio
Solos from Musicals for Kids
Hal Leonard
Book/Audio

EARLY TEEN VOICES, AGES 13-15
Repertoire Requirements and Prizes

For the purposes of this competition, age is defined as the age of the entrant on the deadline date of February 1, 2016. Entrants must be legal residents of the United States and its territories, or legal residents of Canada. Entries which include songs which are not from the publications listed in the repertoire requirements for this age group and category below will be disqualified.

Photocopies are illegal, and are not allowed. Pianists accompanying singers must play from original publications, not loose pages of any kind or loose pages in a binder. See rule 8. (A page turner may be needed.) Entries with visible photocopies or loose pages, or loose pages in a binder will be automatically disqualified. Singers are responsible for the accompanist’s compliance with this rule.

Please be aware of contrast. Do not sing two slow songs, or two fast songs, or two songs of similar character.

First Place: $500 cash
Second Place: $200 gift certificate for music publications of the designee's choice available from Hal Leonard
Third Place: $100 gift certificate for music publications of the designee's choice available from Hal Leonard

Further gift certificates for Honorable Mentions are possible for one Book with a retail value of up to $50.00.

At the judges’ discretion, further entries may be cited as Finalists and or Semi-Finalist for a category. It is entirely up to the judges when judging a specific category as to whether Finalists and Semi-Finalists will be cited. These distinctions are not necessarily cited for all categories. The Finalists are those who achieved a level of consideration in the round of judging which determined the place winners and Honorable Mentions. Semi-Finalists are those who were cited as meriting further consideration after the first round of judging. There are no prizes for these distinctions of Finalist and Semi-Finalist.

Required repertoire for the Early Teen Voices category:

Any two contrasting songs from the following publications. The contrast between the songs should include differences in mood and tempo. Only editions of songs from these designated publications are allowed for entry. No other repertoire is acceptable for this category. Entries with songs not from one of the publications below will be disqualified.

Broadway for Teens
Hal Leonard
Young Women's Edition Book/Audio
Young Men's Edition Book/Audio
The Broadway Ingénue
Hal Leonard
Book
Book/Audio
Broadway Presents! Teens' Musical Theatre Anthology
Alfred, distributed by Hal Leonard
Female Edition
Male Edition
Musical Theatre Anthology for Teens
Hal Leonard
Young Women's Edition- Book
Young Women's Edition- Book/Audio
Young Men's Edition- Book
Young Men's Edition- Book/Audio
The Teen's Musical Theatre Collection
Hal Leonard
Young Women's Edition- Book
Young Women's Edition- Book/Audio
Young Men's Edition- Book
Young Men's Edition- Book/Audio
The First Book of Broadway Solos
Hal Leonard
Soprano  Book/Audio
Mezzo-Soprano  Book/Audio
Tenor  Book/Audio
Baritone/Bass  Book/Audio
The First Book of Broadway Solos Part II
Hal Leonard
Soprano Book/Audio
Mezzo-Soprano Book/Audio
Tenor Book/Audio
Baritone/Bass Book/Audio
Tunes for Teens from Musicals
Hal Leonard
Young Women's Edition - Book/Audio
Young Men's Edition- Book/Audio
Great Songs from Musicals for Teens
Hal Leonard
Young Women's Edition- Book/Audio
Young Men's Edition- Book/Audio
The Songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein
Hal Leonard
Soprano Book/Audio
Mezzo-Soprano/Belter Book/Audio
Tenor Book/Audio
Baritone/Bass Book/Audio
Teen Pop Broadway Collection
Cherry Lane, distributed by Hal Leonard
Book
Disney For Teen Singers
Young Women's Edition
Young Men's Edition

HIGH SCHOOL VOICES, AGES 16-18
Repertoire Requirements and Prizes

For the purposes of this competition, age is defined as the age of the entrant on the deadline date of February 1, 2016. Entrants must be legal residents of the United States and its territories, or legal residents of Canada. Entries which include songs which are not from the publications listed in the repertoire requirements for this age group and category below will be disqualified.

Photocopies are illegal, and are not allowed. Pianists accompanying singers must play from original publications, not loose pages of any kind or loose pages in a binder. See rule 8. (A page turner may be needed.) Entries with visible photocopies or loose pages, or loose pages in a binder will be automatically disqualified. Singers are responsible for the accompanist’s compliance with this rule.

Please be aware of contrast. Do not sing two slow songs, or two fast songs, or two songs of similar character.

First Place: $750 cash
Second Place: $300 gift certificate for music publications of the designee's choice available from Hal Leonard
Third Place: $100 gift certificate for music publications of the designee's choice available from Hal Leonard

Further gift certificates for Honorable Mentions are possible for one book with a retail value of up to $50.00.

At the judges' discretion, further entries may be cited as Finalists and or Semi-Finalist for a category. It is entirely up to the judges when judging a specific category as to whether Finalists and Semi-Finalists will be cited. These distinctions are not necessarily cited for all categories. The Finalists are those who achieved a level of consideration in the round of judging which determined the place winners and Honorable Mentions. Semi-Finalists are those who were cited as meriting further consideration after the first round of judging. There are no prizes for these distinctions of Finalist and Semi-Finalist.

Required repertoire for the High School Voices category:

Any two contrasting songs from the following publications. The contrast between the songs should include differences in mood and tempo. Only editions of songs from these designated publications are allowed for entry. No other repertoire is acceptable for this category. Entries with songs not from one of the publications below will be disqualified.

Contemporary Musical Theatre for Teens
Young Women's Edition Volume 1
Young Women's Edition Volume 2
Young Men's Edition Volume 1
Young Men's Edition Volume 2
The Singer's Musical Theatre Anthology - Teen's Edition
Hal Leonard
Soprano   Book/Audio
Mezzo-Soprano/Alto/Belter  Book/Audio
Tenor  Book/Audio
Baritone/Bass  Book/Audio
The Songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein
Hal Leonard
Soprano Book/Audio
Mezzo-Soprano/Belter Book/Audio
Tenor Book/Audio
Baritone/Bass Book/Audio
The Broadway Ingénue
Hal Leonard
Soprano  Book/Audio
The Contemporary Singing Actor
Hal Leonard
Women's Edition Volume 1
Women's Edition Volume 2
Men's Edition Volume 1
Men's Edition Volume 2
Broadway Presents! Teens' Musical Theatre Anthology
Alfred, distributed by Hal Leonard
Female Edition
Male Edition
Teen Pop Broadway Collection
Cherry Lane, distributed by Hal Leonard
Book
Jason Robert Brown Plays Jason Robert Brown
Hal Leonard
Women's Edition Book/Audio
Men's Edition Book/Audio
The Actor's SongBook
Hal Leonard
Women's Edition
Men's Edition
Andrew Lloyd Webber for Singers
Hal Leonard
Women's Edition
Men's Edition
Belter's Book of Comedy Songs
Hal Leonard
Book
The Songs of Boublil and Schönberg
Hal Leonard
Women's Edition
Men's Edition
Sondheim for Singers
Hal Leonard
Soprano
Belter/Mezzo-Soprano
Tenor
Baritone/Bass
Broadway Belter's SongBook
Hal Leonard
Book
Disney For Teen Singers
Young Women's Edition
Young Men's Edition
21st Century Musical Theatre
Women's Edition
Men's Edition
Disney For Singers
High Voice
Low Voice

COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY/YOUNG ADULT VOICES, AGES 18-23
Repertoire Requirements and Prizes

Note: For this category only, it is not necessary for a contestant to be enrolled in a school for entry. Working or aspiring young professionals may enter.

For the purposes of this competition, age is defined as the age of the entrant on the deadline date of February 1, 2016. Entrants must be legal residents of the United States and its territories, or legal residents of Canada. Entries which include songs which are not from the publications listed in the repertoire requirements for this age group and category below will be disqualified.

Photocopies are illegal, and are not allowed. Pianists accompanying singers must play from original publications, not loose pages of any kind or loose pages in a binder. See rule 8. (A page turner may be needed.) Entries with visible photocopies or loose pages, or loose pages in a binder will be automatically disqualified. Singers are responsible for the accompanist’s compliance with this rule.

Please be aware of contrast. Do not sing two slow songs, or two fast songs, or two songs of similar character.

First Place: $1000 cash
Second Place: $300 gift certificate for music publications of the designee's choice available from Hal Leonard
Third Place: $100 gift certificate for music publications of the designee's choice available from Hal Leonard

Further gift certificates for Honorable Mentions are possible for one book with a retail value of up to $50.00.

At the judges’ discretion, further entries may be cited as Finalists and or Semi-Finalist for a category. It is entirely up to the judges when judging a specific category as to whether Finalists and Semi-Finalists will be cited. These distinctions are not necessarily cited for all categories. The Finalists are those who achieved a level of consideration in the round of judging which determined the place winners and Honorable Mentions. Semi-Finalists are those who were cited as meriting further consideration after the first round of judging. There are no prizes for these distinctions of Finalist and Semi-Finalist.

Required repertoire for the College/University and Young Adult Voices category:

Any two contrasting songs from the following publications. The contrast between the songs should include differences in mood and tempo. Only editions of songs from these designated publications are allowed for entry. No other repertoire is acceptable for this category. Entries with songs not from one of the publications below will be disqualified.

Sondheim for Singers
Hal Leonard
Soprano
Belter/Mezzo-Soprano
Tenor
Baritone/Bass
21st Century Musical Theatre
Hal Leonard
Women’s Edition
Men’s Edition
The Singer's Musical Theatre Anthology - Volumes 1-6
Hal Leonard

Soprano Volume 1  Book Only  Accompaniment CDs  Book/Audio
Soprano Volume 2  Book Only  Accompaniment CDs  Book/Audio
Soprano Volume 3  Book Only  Accompaniment CDs  Book/Audio
Soprano Volume 4  Book Only  Accompaniment CDs  Book/Audio
Soprano Volume 5  Book Only  Accompaniment CDs  Book/Audio
Soprano Volume 6  Book Only

Mezzo-Soprano/Alto/Belter Volume 1  Book Only  Accompaniment CDs  Book/Audio
Mezzo-Soprano/Alto/Belter Volume 2  Book Only  Accompaniment CDs  Book/Audio
Mezzo-Soprano/Alto/Belter Volume 3  Book Only  Accompaniment CDs  Book/Audio
Mezzo-Soprano/Alto/Belter Volume 4  Book Only  Accompaniment CDs  Book/Audio
Mezzo-Soprano/Alto/Belter Volume 5  Book Only  Accompaniment CDs  Book/Audio
Mezzo-Soprano/Alto/Belter Volume 6  Book Only

Tenor Volume 1  Book Only  Accompaniment CDs  Book/Audio
Tenor Volume 2  Book Only  Accompaniment CDs  Book/Audio
Tenor Volume 3  Book Only  Accompaniment CDs  Book/Audio
Tenor Volume 4  Book Only  Accompaniment CDs  Book/Audio
Tenor Volume 5  Book Only  Accompaniment CDs  Book/Audio
Tenor Volume 6  Book Only

Baritone/Bass Volume 1  Book Only  Accompaniment CDs  Book/Audio
Baritone/Bass Volume 2  Book Only  Accompaniment CDs  Book/Audio
Baritone/Bass Volume 3  Book Only  Accompaniment CDs  Book/Audio
Baritone/Bass Volume 4  Book Only  Accompaniment CDs  Book/Audio
Baritone/Bass Volume 5  Book Only  Accompaniment CDs  Book/Audio
Baritone/Bass Volume 6  Book Only
Bernstein Theatre Songs
Boosey & Hawkes
High Voice
Medium/Low Voice
The Contemporary Singing Actor
Hal Leonard
Women's Edition Volume 1
Women's Edition Volume 2
Men's Edition Volume 1
Men's Edition Volume 2
Jason Robert Brown Plays Jason Robert Brown
Hal Leonard
Women's Edition Book/Audio
Men's Edition Book/Audio
The Actor's SongBook
Hal Leonard
Women's Edition
Men's Edition