Beethoven 9 Vocal Competition

The Georgia Symphony Orchestra (GSO) and Music Director Timothy Verville announce a competition with no application fee, open to vocalists 18 years and older who are US Citizens or legal U.S. residents, with the opportunity for the winners to perform with the GSO in concert singing a featured solo part in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, receive a $2,000 honorarium, hotel accommodations, and up to $500 reimbursement for travel expenses for the performance.

The application deadline has now passed.

Semi-finalist announcement

Finalists announcement


Read the full Official Rules here.

The Competition At A Glance

While this quick information is provided as a courtesy, please review the full Official Rules before applying.

Fill out the required registration form and submit a piano-accompanied video singing the solo excerpts of your voice type and an aria/song cycle selection that is no longer than 4 minutes (an excerpt from a longer piece is acceptable.) (IMPORTANT: review the Audio/Video Requirements under the Contest Guidelines section before recording your submission. Videos failing to meet the rules for submission will result in applicant disqualification.) 

December 15, 2023
Submission Deadline

January 15, 2024
First Round Conclusion – Semi-finalists announced on the GSO Website

February 1, 2024
Second Round Conclusion – Finalists announced on the GSO Website

March 2, 2024 12PM-7PM
Finalists rehearse with accompanists

March 3, 2024 3-5pm
Live Final Round (with assigned warmup time before)

May 17, 2024  Afternoon (TBD)
Piano Rehearsal with Conductor

May 17, 2024 7:30pm-10:00PM
Rehearsal with Orchestra

May 18, 2024 10:00AM-12:30:PM
Dress Rehearsal

May 18, 2024 8:00PM-10:00PM

May 19, 2024 3:00PM-5:00PM

Do I need to submit a resume?

A resume is not needed, only registration information and your video with the excerpts and choice of aria/song cycle selection.

Can I use a previously recorded video for my aria submission?

No, the aria/song cycle selection must be recorded at the same time as your excerpts.

Can I record the excerpts over several takes and edit them together?

No, all excerpts must be performed in one take. You may, however, take a little time  after each one to make sure you are ready for the next. 

Is there an age restriction for the competition?

Applicants must be eighteen years or older at the time of their submission.

Are there any restrictions on student/professional status?

There are no restrictions in regards to status. We are more interested in how you perform, not where you have or have not performed.

Do you have to be a US citizen to apply?

The competition is open US citizens and legal US residents. Winners will be required to provide a completed W-9 for submission to the IRS. If you are unable to fulfill this requirement, do not apply for this competition. [This section has been updated for clarificaiton.]

So there is no fee to apply, and all the judging rules are laid out in the Contestant Guidelines section. So what’s the catch?

No catch that we’re aware of! Not many orchestras can provide an open and equal opportunity like this. But we are in a position to do so. And along the way we hope to shine a light on performers who are working hard in service to the arts regardless of their background, connections in the industry, professional status, where they did or did not attend school, and so on.  

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