Vocal Competition Brings Out Best and Brightest
LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 7, 2014) — Alltech and University of Kentucky Opera Theatre present the ninth annual Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition. Hailed as the largest vocal scholarship competition in the country, singers will compete for more than $500,000 in scholarships and prizes. This year’s competition will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at the Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall. The competition is free and open to the public.
· Alltech Graduate First Prize: $12,000 cash prize, full tuition and a full graduate assistantship to UK;
· Alltech Graduate Second Prize: $8,000 cash prize, full tuition and a full graduate assistantship to UK;
· Alltech Undergraduate First Prize: $6,000 and a matching tuition waiver from UK; and
· Bryant’s Rent-All and Kentucky Eagle Inc. Second Prize: $3,000 and a matching tuition waiver from UK.
The 2014 Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition will be judged by Lauren Bailey, artistic coordinator for Cincinnati Opera; Thomas King, professor of voice at Austin Peay State University and artistic director emeritus for the AIMS in Graz program; and David Roth, artistic director for Kentucky Opera.
The competition is open to new voice students who plan to attend the UK School of Music beginning in the 2014-15 academic year. The singers must complete an application to the university by the time of their audition and be selected from their audition to compete for the scholarship. They must meet standards for admission to UK and be enrolled as a full-time student during the 2014-15 academic year to receive an award.
UK Opera Theatre is one of a select group of U.S. opera training programs recommended by the Richard Tucker Music Foundation. The Tucker Foundation is a nonprofit cultural organization dedicated to the support and advancement of the careers of talented American opera singers by bringing opera into the community and heightening appreciation for opera by supporting music education enrichment programs.
The UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts has garnered a national reputation for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, composition, and theory and music history.
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