About the competition

The Classical Voice Singing Competition Inc. has been developed by a team of passionate educators and performers to celebrate and foster the next generation of classical vocalists coming through the tail end of their pre-tertiary education, and provides these students with a safe and warm performance environment to help them prepare for their VCE Exam. Students in year seven to ten are also invited to compete in our Pre-VCE sections.

The competition provides students an opportunity to perform a portion of their recital, as well as receive feedback from a leading educator in the field of classical voice. Competitors are also invited to a free masterclass with the adjudicator at the conclusion of the competition. 

Student's also receive the opportunity to engage and perform with a professional accompanist.

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25-26 of September 2021

Shirley Burke Theatre

64 Parkers Road

Parkdale, Victoria 3195

The competition is split into three divisions.

1. Pre-VCE.

2. Unit 1+2 VCE Music.

3. Unit 3+4 VCE Music. 

Year 7+8, and 9+10 Sections
  • Perform one item of your choice in the classical style

  • At the conclusion of the section the adjudicator will announce a 1st Prize and 2nd Prize, and those who have received an Honourable Mention. 

Unit 1+2 Section
  • Perform one item of your choice in the classical style

  • At the conclusion of the section the adjudicator will announce a 1st Prize and 2nd Prize, and those who have received an Honourable Mention. 

  • Competitors must be enrolled in VCE Music Unit 1+2, however voice does not need to be their main instrument of study to compete. 💡 This may be an opportunity to see if you would like to switch to classical voice for your Unit 3+4 study. 

Unit 3+4 Section
  • Perform one accompanied item from your VCE Program in an allocated heat. 

  • At the conclusion of a heat the adjudicator will announce a 1st and 2nd place within that heat. All competitors will receive a written critique from the adjudicator. 

  • At the conclusion of all heats, the adjudicator will select the 6 highest scoring performances from across all heats, these 6 competitors will progress to the final. 

  • In the final, you will re-perform your item from the heat, along with two more pieces: a second accompanied song in a language that is different to the first, and an unaccompanied song. 

    • ​This is a total of three songs and a minimum of two different languages to be presented in the final.  

    • You will be required to perform all three songs back-to-back, as a mini recital! 

  • ​💡 Competitors must be enrolled in VCE Music Unit 3+4 with Classical Voice as their instrument of study to be eligible to compete. 

At the conclusion of the final, the adjudicator will announce the recipients of the Scholarship Awards which are awarded to competitors for performances in the heats.

Following this presentation, the adjudicator will then announce the winner of the 2021 Classical Voice Singing Competition. All other finalists will receive a certificate and adjudicator's critique. 

At the conclusion of the competition, all competitors from both the Unit 1+2 division, and the Unit 3+4 division (including all heats and the final) are welcomed to attend a free masterclass provided by the adjudicator.

💡 Be sure to come along as you may be one of the performers the adjudicator chooses to work with!  

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Disclaimer: The Classical Voice Singing Competition is in no way affiliated with VCAA or any of it's persons, and is a stand alone competition for students who are currently enrolled in the VCE Music Performance subject at their day schools.