The Kentucky Bach Choir invites aspiring singers born on or after April 3, 1991 to compete for a cash prize and an opportunity to perform with the Kentucky Bach Choir.
As a preliminary audition, applicants must submit unedited recordings of themselves singing either two (2) selections by J.S. Bach in original language (at least one in German) or one aria by Bach plus one (1) sacred aria (oratorio, mass, etc.) in the original language by Haydn or Mozart.
April 24, 2021
Since its founding in 2007, the Kentucky Bach Choir, through its performances in Lexington and throughout Central Kentucky, continues to grow and develop in its mission to present the great masterworks of Johann Sebastian Bach and composers of like stature. The choir has provided professional performing opportunities for Central Kentucky-based singers and instrumentalists.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Printable Application Form (PDF)
Printable Competition Flyer (PDF)
Advocating for the Gifted Singer
In 2011, the Kentucky Bach Choir initiated a vocal competition to encourage the study and performance of the solo vocal repertoire of J. S. Bach. For the competition, singers submit recordings of themselves performing two arias by Bach and, for the sake of contrast, their choice of an aria by Haydn or Mozart. Finalists chosen from the initial screening are invited to participate in a live competition in Lexington, Kentucky, singing before an audience and a panel of judges. The winner receives a $2,000 grand prize and an opportunity to perform as a featured paid soloist in a subsequent Kentucky Bach Choir season. In addition to the grand prize, up to two singers may be chosen by the judges to receive encouragement awards of $500 each. Eligible singers for the 2021 competition must be born on or after April 3, 1991.
The biennial Kentucky Bach Choir's Audrey Rooney Vocal Competition will be a virtual event in 2021. Singers will video record and submit two sacred arias from the Baroque or Classical periods, in the language in which the piece was composed: Either two (2) selections by J.S. Bach in original language (at least one in German) or one aria by Bach plus one (1) sacred aria (oratorio, mass, etc.) in the original language by Haydn or Mozart. Submissions will be screened, with up to ten singers advancing to a final round. The initial video will serve as the material for both the preliminary and final rounds. A $2,000 grand prize will be awarded to the winner, as well as an invitation to perform as a featured soloist on the 2021-2022 Kentucky Bach Choir season. Up to two additional $750 encouragement awards may also be granted. The competition is open to singers born on or after April 3, 1991, and who are not under professional management.
April 3, midnight - deadline for submissions
April 10, 2 p.m. - finalists announced
April 24, 2 p.m. - winners announced
The 2021 Audrey Rooney Vocal Competition
will premiere on video, Saturday, April 24 at 2 p.m. EDT on our
The competition will feature these aspiring young singers:
Morgan Balfour, soprano
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Rhianna Cockrell, mezzo-soprano
Hannah De Priest, soprano
Mahari Freeman, soprano
University of South Carolina
Hannah Holmes, mezzo-soprano
Eastman School of Music
University of Rochester
Vidita Kanniks, soprano
Mark Laseter, tenor
Case Western Reserve
Lewis McAdow, baritone
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Raven McMillon, soprano
University of Cincinnati
College-Conservatory of Music
Maddie Meier, soprano
Montclair State University
Gabriela Estephanie Solís, mezzo-soprano
University of Notre Dame
Victoria Anne Woodall, soprano
Royal Academy of Music
Winners of the Grand Prize and Encouragement Awards will be announced
at the conclusion of the program.
Congratulations to all of our finalists in
this year's Audrey Rooney Vocal Competition!
Our Grand Prize Winner of $2,000!
Case Western Reserve.
and Encouragement Awards @ $500 each to:
Morgan Balfour, soprano, San Francisco Conservatory
Rhianna Cockrell, mezzo-soprano, Yale University
Raven McMillon, soprano, University of Cincinnati
College-Conservatory of Music