Virtual Spring Competition

Schmidt Vocal Competition: Pennsylvania

Welcome to the Spring 2020 Pennsylvania Cohort Competition Page! 

Why are we hosting a modified competition model?

Due to the evolving situation regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the precautions being taken by many of our host institution colleges and universities to close or restrict large group events on their campuses, Schmidt Vocal Arts has had to cancel its live, in-person competitions at all locations through May 16, 2020.

But we still want to provide an opportunity for you to compete and showcase your talent!

That’s why we’ve implemented this modified “virtual submission” model for the canceled and remaining Spring 2020 Schmidt Vocal Competitions. 

We recognize the hard work you’ve done in preparation for the competition, and this modified model will allow you to compete, earn cash awards, and become eligible for scholarships. 

What's Different?

Unfortunately, our signature elements – our in-person, on-stage live performances (with an unfamiliar accompanist!), our master classes led by renowned members of the Schmidt Vocal Artists Network between competitions rounds, and the comradery singers develop with their peers throughout the day  – will not be possible in this alternative format. 

But you will still have the opportunity to showcase your talent, receive written feedback from our team of adjudicators, receive recognition and awards in cash and scholarships! And once you compete, you join our community of Schmidt program alumni, where you’ll have a chance to meet other singers and participate in future alumni events. 

Another difference is there is only one “round” of competition in this format, and you will be limited to only two musical selections (still totaling no more than 7 minutes!). For complete details, download the modified Competition Overview and Rules below.

Download the Modified Rules

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Learn from Schmidt’s sensational singers and educators—coming to a school, university or community center near you!

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"Schmidt Vocal Arts gave me the encouragement to keep going. Putting the competition on my resume was extremely helpful. When I went to apply for college, the administrators and teachers saw that I had sought out these opportunities for myself and was rewarded for my work. Especially in the competitive process of applying to music schools, it is important now to have everything— not only dedication to the craft, but also a hard work ethic, a go-getter attitude and willingness to receive good and bad feedback."


Emily Pogorelc, Soprano

First Place, 2013
From Milwaukee Wisconsin

About Our Host

Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University

The Boyer College of Music and Dance seeks to provide an inclusive educational community that honors the uniqueness of the individual, values diversity of perspective, and affirms music and dance as central to society and culture. Our voice program provides a 21st century conservatory-level training for the modern opera singer. Students are trained to be competent and competitive in the diverse and evolving international opera industry.

Learn More

Matching Scholarships to Temple University

Should you place among the top three winners at the competition, you may also qualify for a $4,000 matching scholarship to Temple University.

Applicants must apply and meet university requirements, and a matching scholarship must be provided by the host institution. Scholarships will be dispersed over four years of study ($1,000 per year).

This is our first year with host Temple University.

Be the first winner at this location!


Previous Winner

Where is she now?

Today, Emily continues to wow audiences around the world. She is currently an ensemble member of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago, giving her the opportunity to perform numerous roles and repertoire.

Cash Awards and Scholarships

Winners in each competition receive the following cash awards:

  • First Place, $2,500
  • Second Place, $2,000
  • Third Place, $1,500
  • Finalists, $250
  • Encouragement, $100
  • Best Sophomore, $100

Matching Scholarships with Host Organizations

Should you place among the top three winners at the competition, you may also qualify for a $4,000 matching scholarship to the host institution where you compete. Applicants must apply and meet university requirements, and a matching scholarship must be provided by the host institution. Scholarships will be dispersed over four years of study ($1,000 per year).


Deadlines & Rules


High school sophomores, juniors, or seniors recommended by their choral directors or vocal teachers are eligible to compete. Singers are allowed to enter only one Schmidt Vocal Competition per competition season. 

Participants are required to pay a non-refundable registration fee of $50 after submitting an application. Applications will be considered complete when both the fee and private teacher recommendations have been received. For special financial consideration, please make requests to:

For the full list of rules, regulations, and eligibility, download our info packet now.

One Competition per Season

Schmidt participants are required to wait until the next competition season before competing in another Schmidt Vocal Competition event. The competition season runs from September to June. Failure to comply will result in disqualification from the competition. First place winners of the Schmidt Vocal Competition are not allowed to compete in future Schmidt Vocal Competitions.

Application Deadlines

Applications are due two weeks prior to the competition date.

Master Classes with Renowned Singers and Teachers

As part of the competition, our young artists have the opportunity to participate in or observe master classes with our distinguished panel of world-renowned singers and educators. Master clinicians will demonstrate ways to improve performance practice, interpretation of song, and vocal technique. In addition, each competitor will receive written feedback from the adjudicators after the awards ceremony. Adjudicators will be present for a time period following the competition to visit with the students and explain their comments. This is a great opportunity to meet and talk with these professional artists!

If you love to sing or are considering a career in the arts, the Schmidt Vocal Competition is a great next step toward achieving your dreams.

Download Our Info Packet

Pennsylvania Cohort

A Message From Schmidt Vocal Arts

Already Registered?

Get your videos ready! The deadline to submit your videos is April 25, 2020. You will receive an email with a link to your private Google Drive folder where you will upload your videos.

Looking to Compete This Spring?

To be eligible, you must APPLY HERE. Upon receipt of BOTH parts of your application (you must create an account with us and then complete the two-step application process), we will send you a unique link to upload your videos to a private Google Drive folder. Singers may only compete in one cohort per academic year. If you have already competed in a live 2019-2020 Schmidt Vocal Competition, you are not eligible for the modified competition model.


Cash Awards and Scholarships

Winners in each competition receive the following cash awards:

  • First Place, $2,500
  • Second Place, $2,000
  • Third Place, $1,500
  • Finalists, $250
  • Encouragement, $100
  • Best Sophomore, $100

Are You Ready to Participate?

Interested in Competing in Our Live, In-Person Competitions Next Year?

We look forward to having you join us for our signature live, in-person competitions next year! Given the fluid environment, we are still working with our host institutions on dates for the 2020-2021 season. Sign-up below for our mailing list to stay informed and be one of the first to know about our upcoming programs, competition dates, and season information.

Schmidt Vocal Arts
6 East 5th Street
Suite 406
Covington, KY 41011

(513) 783-2583

About Schmidt Vocal Arts

William E. Schmidt had a vision for creating opportunities for young singers that propel them on their journey toward a career in the arts. Together with his extended family, he formed the William E. Schmidt Foundation in 1992.

Among the Foundation’s funding goals was a commitment to fostering young students’ passion for classical singing. This commitment led to several successful programs and ultimately the creation of Schmidt Vocal Arts, the umbrella entity that includes the popular 
Schmidt Vocal CompetitionSchmidt Vocal InstituteSchmidt Vocal Education and scholarship opportunities for young singers.


Schmidt Vocal Arts’ programs have been serving singers for more than two decades. That means there are many great singers who are now part of the Schmidt Alumni Network. Our alumni come from almost all 50 states, have attended premier universities and conservatories, and many enjoy successful careers in the arts.

The Schmidt Alumni Network is a vibrant and interconnected group of vocal artists who share a passion for classical singing. From initial connections made through Schmidt Vocal Arts programs, alumni continue to share news of auditions, events, tips, and more through social media.

Emily Pogorelc, Soprano

Emily Pogorelc was well on her way toward realizing her remarkable potential as an opera singer when Schmidt Vocal Arts first met her in 2012. At the time, Emily was a high school senior from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She had already racked up a slew of other awards in her nascent career and had her sights set on attending one of the nation’s premier conservatories or music schools.

Read Emily's Full Story Here

Reginald (“Reggie”) Smith, Jr., Baritone

Reginald (“Reggie”) Smith, Jr.’s booming baritone voice and commanding stage presence have earned him roles with major opera companies and accolades from music critics, including Opera News, which hailed him as “one of the most exciting baritone sounds to come along in years.” Such prodigious success would prompt many singers to set their sights on a career on opera’s biggest stages. And while Reggie appreciates and accepts those opportunities, his true passion is teaching.

Read Reggie's Full Story Here

Resources for Registered Singers

Here are all of the resources you need to compete in our Spring Competitions. If you have any questions, please call our office at 513-783-2583 or email 

Modified Competition Rules For Singers

Tips For Creating a Good Video Submission

Accompaniment Options

Important Deadlines for Singers

Winner's Circle


1st Place: Jordan McAndrew, Junior, Pottstown, PA

2nd Place: Adriana Stepien, Senior, Philadelphia, PA

3rd Place: Alena Slak, Senior, Allentown, PA


Havyn Fish, Junior, Bettendorf, IA | Michael Goltry, Sophomore, Warrenton, VA | Abigail Lewin, Junior, Eldersburg, MD | Jordan Marie Lewis, Junior, Hershey, PA | Lena Molyneux, Senior, New York, NY | Joseph Murphy, Junior, Brooklyn, NY | Alan Rendzak, Senior, Wildwood Crest, NJ

Most Promising Sophomore

Michael Goltry, Sophomore, Warrenton, VA

Encouragement Awards

Holly Butler, Junior, Leola, PA | Madeline Helm, Senior, Willow Street, PA | Gwyneth Rix, Junior, Penn Valley, PA | Caroline Zager, Senior, Lower Gwynedd, PA