The 2017-18 Toronto Mozart Vocal Competition

The Toronto Mozart Vocal Competition and Master Class Series 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. Four singers will be selected to perform as soloists in Mozart’s Coronation Mass with the Toronto Mozart Players and the Pax Christi Chamber Choir on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 2:00pm and will receive a cash prize. The first place winner of the Toronto Mozart Vocal Competition will receive a prize of $1000.

Last year’s competition took place on Saturday, November 5 and Sunday, November 6, 2016 at the Church of the Redeemer, Toronto. Past prize-winners include Elizabeth Polese, Whitney Mather, Andrea Nunez, Lynsday Promane and Daevyd Pepper.

This year’s competition will take place on Saturday, November 25, Sunday, November 26 and Monday, November 27, 2017 at the Church of the Redeemer, Toronto.

Applications are now closed. Performance schedules will be circulated in the coming days.

  1. Applications must be received by midnight on Friday, November 10, 2017.
  2. Candidates will be invited to perform in the Competition which will take place on Saturday, November 25, Sunday, November 26 and Monday, November 27, 2017 at the Church of the Redeemer, 162 Bloor Street West, Toronto. Round One of master classes with David Bowser will take place over two days on Saturday between 12:30 pm and 9:30 pm and on Sunday between 1:00 pm and 6:00 pm. Round Two of master classes with Nathalie Paulin will take place on Monday between 6:00 pm and 9:30 pm.
  3. Participants selected for Round Two will be notified by email and/or text message on Sunday, November 26, after Round One is completed.
  4. The names of the prize-winners will be announced and posted on the Mozart Project website on or before Wednesday, November 29, 2017.
  5. The winners of the Competition will perform as soloists in Mozart’s “Coronation” Mass, K. 317 and Regina Coeli, K. 276 in concert with the Toronto Mozart Players and the Pax Christi Chamber Choir on Sunday, January 28, 2018 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:

Thursday, January 18, 2018, 1:00-3:00 pm
Piano rehearsal, Church of the Redeemer

Thursday, January 25, 2018, 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Rehearsal with orchestra, Church of the Redeemer

Friday, January 26, 2018, 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Rehearsal with chorus, Church of the Redeemer

Saturday, January 27, 2018, 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Dress Rehearsal, Church of the Redeemer

Sunday, January 28, 2018, 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 25, or Sunday, November 26 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 Friday, November 10, 2017. 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 adjudicators 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 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 master classes, rehearsals, or concerts.
  16. Payment of the $115 entry fee must be made at the time of application:
    1. online at the Mozart Project website; OR
    2. by Interac e-Transfer®; OR
    3. 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.

Applications are now closed. Performance schedules will be circulated in the coming days.