German Vocal Music Competition

A contest for the support, development and preservation of German Singing.

Limited to young adults aged 21-30.
Repertoire from opera, oratorio, German operetta, Lieder or folk song
will be presented at the finals in a concert on January 21, 2017 at 7:30 PM
at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1311 Holman St., Houston, Texas 77004.

1st: Carl C. Zeus Founders Award $2000
2nd: Sylphia Busse Director Emeritus Award $1500
3rd: Richard S. McGinty Dir. Emeritus Award $1200
4th: Karl Amelang Director Emeritus Award $1000
5th: Leona Beck Memorial Award $500
6th: Hans and Greta Goppert Memorial Award $500
7th: James R. Braun Memorial Award $400
8th: Florence Terpe Schmidt Memorial Award $400

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Houston Saengerbund German Vocal Music Competition

Clara Osowski - 1st
Ben Schaefer - 2nd
Joanna Latini - 3rd
Julie Ann Moore - 4th
Joseph Leppek - 5th
Duke Kim - 6th
Chelsey Geeting - 7th
Mark Thomas - 8th

Rules of competition

  1. Singers must be at least 21 years of age and no older than 30 on January 21, 2017. Entrants will provide proof of age at the time of the audition.
  2. Participants may not be under professional artist management.
  3. Participants must not have performed a leading role with a professional opera company.
  4. For the preliminary audition singers should perform a 2-minute excerpt of a German art song or folk song, sung in German. Standard repertoire is recommended, but any German Lied is acceptable. The selection must be accompanied. No unaccompanied selections will be considered.
  5. Semi-finalists will be notified by December 1. Applications and documents are due by December 10.
  6. The semi-final round will be conducted on Friday, January 20, 2017 beginning at 2:30 PM.
  7. For the semi-final round singers should be prepared to sing 2 selections. Repertoire from opera, oratorio, German operetta, German Lieder or German folk song is appropriate.
  8. For the semi-final round singers may bring their own accompanists.
  9. If selected for the Final Concert, singers will appear in formal concert dress.
  10. A professional accompanist will be provided for the Final Concert.
  11. Singers selected for the final concert shall agree to appear in promotional photographs for the competition.
  12. Housing will be provided for out-of-town finalists.
  13. Video entries should be sent to Deadline: November 15, 2016.