in Vocal Performance 

Friedrich & Virginia Schorr

Memorial Awards, 2017

evaluate recordings 

Professional, college,
community, high school.
No age limits.

Opera & operetta
Art song & oratorio

MET Opera star Susanne Mentzer
joins judging panel

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You and your students have recordings. The American Prize wants to hear them.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 is the postmark deadline for The American Prize in Vocal Performance.
The American Prize provides evaluation, recognition and reward to America's finest performing artists, ensembles and composers.  

The American Prize has awarded more than $40,000 in all categories since 2010, and has welcomed applications from 49 U.S. states, and from American citizens living around the world.
  • No live competition. The American Prize judges recorded performances only.
  • No age limits.
In an age when the performing arts are more marginalized than ever before and media coverage harder than ever to get, The American Prize provides the visibility and recognition you need to stand out from the rest. All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of our distinguished panel of judges.

Contests in:
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Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards
Schorr at Bayreuth 
The American Prize in Vocal Performance--Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards, honors the memory of the greatest Wagnerian baritone of his age, Friedrich Schorr, who commanded the operatic stage between the world wars, and his wife, Virginia Schorr, who taught studio voice at the Manhattan School of Music and the Hartt School of Music for nearly fifty years. The Prize recognizes and rewards the best performances by classically trained vocalists in America in 2017, based on submitted recordings.   
In 2015, TAP welcomed Metropolitan Opera Star,
SHARON SWEET, as a new judge.

Now, we welcome acclaimed mezzo-soprano SUSANNE MENTZER to join her and our distinguished panel.

Susanne Menzter
The American Prize national non-profit competitions in the performing arts is delighted to welcome SUSANNE MENTZER, internationally acclaimed Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano, to its distinguished national panel of judges.

American mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer has established herself not only as an international singer but also as a writer, teacher and arts advocate.
She enjoys a significant opera, concert, chamber music and recital career of over thirty years appearing on four continents with nearly every great opera house and orchestra. She has been a guest artist at the Metropolitan Opera in leading roles since 1989, most recently as Marcellina in the new production of Le Nozze di Figaro in the fall of 2014. She returned to the Met in February and March of 2016.

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ONLINE OPTIONS make it easier
than ever to apply.

ican MAJOR website improvements mean a faster, more convenient experience for all contestants.

NOW---you now have the option to pay application fees online - or the traditional way: by check, credit card or money order. NO application fee increase in 2017.

NOW---you now have the option to provide online links to your audition selections, or you may send your recordings through the mail.

NOW---you now have the option to fill out the application on your computer and email it directly to the office, or print it out, fill it in and send by mail.



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The American Prize?

* No live competition. The American Prize judges recorded performance only.

* No age limits.

* Separate divisions for professional, college/university, community,
or high school age artists.

* Few repertoire restrictions.

* Expert written evaluations to all contestants who rank "finalist" or higher.

* Personalized certificates to all participants.

* Personalized press releases for winners sent to your professional contacts.

* Cash prizes up to $500.

* Published timelines for the announcement of semi-finalists, finalists and winners.

* 1-page application form.

* Low application fees.

* Not-for-profit organization.

The American Prize is more than monetary. Laureates of The American Prize at all levels of achievement derive local, regional and national recognition to help generate jobs, build audiences and sustain careers.



The distinguished judges of The American Prize are as varied in skills and experience and nearly as geographically diverse as we hope the winners of The American Prize to be. They are assigned to specific competitions based on expertise, availability and areas of interest.



member of CHANTICLEER:

 JAY WHITE, eight-year veteran of the Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble, CHANTICLEER, and a distinguished member of the judging panel for The American Prize, shares an evaluation he wrote for a recent finalist for The American Prize in Vocal Performance-Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards. Read the evaluation here. 
brenda lewis
Brenda Lewis, TAP Distinguished Judge Emerita

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