Sunday, September 19, 2010


in Vocal Performance. 

DEADLINE October 26, 2010

Cash prizes, professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition will be awarded to the first winners of The American Prize FRIEDRICH & VIRGINIA SCHORR MEMORIAL AWARD in Vocal Performance, a series of new, non-profit performing arts competitions now accepting applications in the form of recorded performances.

The Schorr Award honors the memory Friedrich Schorr, the greatest Wagnerian baritone of his age, who sang at the Metropolitan Opera for nineteen seasons, and his wife, Virginia Schorr, who taught studio voice at the Hartt and Manhattan Schools of Music for nearly fifty years.

Classical vocalists at the professional, college/university, community and secondary school levels are eligible to apply by submitting their recordings. There are separate divisions for opera/operetta and for art song, with few repertoire restrictions and no age limits. The postmark deadline for the first round of The American Prize Schorr Memorial Awards is October 26, 2010. Winners will be announced in March 2011. Complete information, including competition guidelines and application forms, is available on the competition website:

David Katz is the chief judge of The American Prize. Professional conductor, award-winning composer, playwright, actor and arts advocate, Katz was the founder and for twelve years chief judge of the Friedrich Schorr Memorial Performance Prize in Voice international competition. Katz studied with Virginia Schorr at the Hartt School and gained her permission to name the original competition in her husband’s honor. “With the renewal of the Schorr competition under the banner of The American Prize, we are again able to honor of the legacy of two important musicians from the past while encouraging vocal excellence among those currently studying and performing,” Katz said.

Joining Katz in selecting winners of The American Prize is a panel of judges as varied in background and experience and as geographically diverse as Katz hopes the winners of The American Prize Schorr Memorial Awards to be. Made up of distinguished musicians representing a dozen states from every region of the country, the group includes individuals associated with professional, university, community and secondary school music-making, including distinguished performers and tenured professors.

Application fees for The American Prize are $35 for individuals, far less than the costs associated with traveling to adjudicated music festivals. Financial awards range from $100 to $500 or more, depending on the category and the number of applicants. In addition to cash prizes and commentary from judges, winners will be profiled on The American Prize website, with video and audio links to winning performances.

“Winning prize money is good, of course,” Katz said, “but the rewards of The American Prize are more than financial. By shining a light on nationally recognized achievement, winners of The American Prize Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award get visibility and world-class attention to help build and sustain careers. Any musician worthy of the name knows excellence when he hears it, regardless of its pedigree,” Katz said, “The American Prize will tell you about it.”

The American Prize is administered by Hat City Music Theater, Inc., a non-profit performing arts organization based in Danbury, Connecticut. Complete information, including competition guidelines, application forms and judges’ bios may be found on the website:

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