The 2016-17 Toronto Mozart Vocal Competition

The Toronto Mozart Vocal Competition provides expert instruction, adjudication and performance opportunities for emerging trained singers aged 18-35. Participants prepare three Mozart arias and perform in Round One of master classes with Artistic Director, David Bowser. Selected participants will then perform in Round Two of master classes with soprano, Nathalie Paulin. The Competition is held at the Church of the Redeemer and is open to the public (admission donations will be accepted). Four singers will be selected to perform as soloists in Mozart’s Requiem with the Toronto Mozart Players and the Hart House Chorus on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 2:00 pm and will receive a cash prize. The first place winner of the Toronto Mozart Vocal Competition will receive a prize of $1000.

This year’s competition will take place on Saturday, November 5 and Sunday, November 6, 2016 at the Church of the Redeemer, Toronto.

Due to the high number of participants who have applied to date,
we are no longer accepting further applications.

  1. Applications must be received by midnight on Sunday, October 23, 2016. Due to the high number of participants who have applied to date, we are no longer accepting further applications.
  2. Candidates will be invited to perform in the Competition which will take place on Saturday, November 5 and Sunday, November 6, 2016 at the Church of the Redeemer, 162 Bloor Street West, Toronto. Round One of master classes with David Bowser will take place on Saturday between 12:00 pm and 10:00 pm and Round Two of master classes with Nathalie Paulin will take place on Sunday between 1:30 pm and 5:30 pm.
  3. Participants selected for Round Two will be notified by email and/or text message on Saturday, November 5, after Round One is completed.
  4. The names of the prize winners will be announced and posted on the Mozart Project website on Monday, November 7, 2016.
  5. The winners of the Competition will perform as soloists in Mozart’s Requiem in concert with the Toronto Mozart Players and the Hart House Chorus on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 2:00 pm at Church of the Redeemer, 162 Bloor Street West, Toronto.
  6. Participants must be available for the following rehearsal and concert schedule:

Piano rehearsal, date and location TBA

Friday, March 24, 2017, 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Rehearsal with orchestra and chorus, Church of the Redeemer

Saturday, March 25, 2017, 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Dress rehearsal, Church of the Redeemer

Sunday, March 26, 2017, 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Concert, Church of the Redeemer

  1. After the application deadline, Competition participants will be notified of the time of their performance in Round One on Saturday, November 5 and will receive full details and directions to the Competition location.
  2. Participants must prepare three Mozart arias (opera, sacred, or concert) in their original keys OR two Mozart arias (opera, sacred, or concert) in their original keys AND one lied, song or chanson by Mozart.
  3. Each participant will be allotted 15-20 minutes in total for Round One and 25-30 minutes in total for Round Two. The participant will perform the arias (or selections / portions thereof, as requested by the adjudicator), and will participate in an individual masterclass for the remaining time.
  4. Participants in Round One must supply their own accompanist for their performance. An accompanist can be provided at a cost to the participant of $45 payable no later than the Competition application deadline. An accompanist will be provided for candidates performing in Round Two.
  5. The Competition organisers must receive the online completed application form, inclusive of an uploaded curriculum vitae and headshot, and the $115 CAD entry fee no later than midnight on Sunday, October 23, 2016. Incomplete or illegible forms will not be accepted.
  6. The entry fee is neither refundable nor transferable if the participant withdraws from the Competition.
  7. Participants must arrive at least 20 minutes before their assigned performance time and sign in at the reception desk.
  8. Participants must provide the adjudicator with a copy of their music at the performance.
  9. No cameras or recording devices are permitted at the Competition site.
  10. All results and decisions made by the adjudicator are final.
  11. Any presentation or performance during the rehearsals and at public concerts may be recorded and/or photographed by the Mozart Project for the exclusive use of the Mozart Project. All such material shall become the property of the Mozart Project and may be used subsequently for advertising and promotion, on the Mozart Project website, in press releases, and for archival records, for the purpose of promoting the Toronto Mozart Vocal Competition and the Toronto Mozart Players, without compensation to the vocalist.
  12. By agreeing to the Rules, the participant confirms that no compensation will be paid for release from other engagements or for performances of original works by the Toronto Mozart Players.
  13. The Mozart Project reserves the right to postpone or cancel the Toronto Mozart Vocal Competition.
  14. The Competition reserves the right not to award prizes according to the adjudicators’ decisions.
  15. The Mozart Project will not be responsible for personal injury, damage to personal property, or any other losses during rehearsals, or concerts.
  16. Payment of the $115 entry fee must be made at the time of application:
    • online at the Mozart Project website OR
    • by cheque payable to Mozart Project and mailed to:

Toronto Mozart Vocal Competition
33 Lombard Street, Suite 1509
Toronto, Ontario M5C 3H8

  1. An administration charge of $25 will be applied for a cheque returned NSF by the bank.
  2. The Toronto Mozart Vocal Competition and Toronto Mozart Players are operated exclusively by the Mozart Project, a registered charitable organization.

Due to the high number of participants who have applied to date,
we are no longer accepting further applications.