In keeping with our mission to discover, nurture and promote vocal talent, Phoenix Opera
is proud to partner with Mayo Clinic Voice Program in Arizona and present the Third
Annual Southwest Vocal Competition. Mayo’s mission to bring the art and science of
medicine to the performing arts community and their passion to care for professional
vocalists has truly helped transform this competition into a ‘Showcase of Excellence in
Voice and Vocal Health’.
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: Residents or students attending an Institution of Higher Education
in the Southwestern states of Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah; Ages 21 - 35 as of
January 28, 2017.
THE COMPETITION: The Competition consists of two Preliminary Rounds, a special Master Class and will culminate in a juried Finals Concert at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Phoenix, where contestants will compete for fabulous cash prizes!
Forty contestants will compete in the First Round. Contestants will receive special
instruction in healthy vocal techniques by health professionals from the Mayo Clinic
Voice Program during this round of the competition. Twenty contestants will advance to
the Second Round... only Ten will advance to the Finals Concert. The names of our
finalists will be announced after the Master Class on January 29, 2017. Each finalist will
then compete for fabulous cash prizes and perform with Phoenix Opera Orchestra under
the baton of Maestro John Massaro at the Orpheum Theatre in front of a live audience
and a distinguished panel of judges. Winners will be announced immediately following
the concert from the stage.
Saturday, January 28, 2017, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, Arizona
SECOND ROUND & MASTER CLASS
Sunday, January 29, 2017, 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, Arizona
FIRST PLACE FEMALE
Schuld Family Fund Award
FIRST PLACE MALE
William E. Schmidt Foundation Award
Second Place: $3,000, Third Place: $2,000, Fourth Place: $1,000, Audience Favorite:
$1,000. If Finalists selected to receive one of the top cash awards are all of the same
gender, only one First Place Cash Prize of $10,000 will be awarded. Finalists not
selected for a top cash prize will each receive a $500 cash award for their participation in
the Southwest Vocal Competition.