in cooperation with Onondaga Community College, Syracuse, NY
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Beginning at 9:30 AM

In the Performing Arts Building at Onondaga Community College, 4585 W Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, NY 13215

Category A (ages 17-21)
Neva Pilgrim Award - $500
Opera Club of Syracuse Award - $200 | in memory of Bea & Irving Solomon
Category B (ages 22-27)
Helen Boatwright Award - $1,000
Phyllis Bryn-Julson Award - $500
Ernst Bacon Prize - $500 for best performance of an American Song
Provided the singer has an Ernst Bacon song (1898-1990) in their competition repertoire. Visit the Bacon Society web site, or Spotify and/or request a free copy of Fond Affection (25 Bacon songs) for ideas.
Gayle Ross Accompanying Awards (2) - $100 each | to the outstanding accompanist in each category

Mezzo soprano KATHRYN COWDRICK, Eastman faculty, was a member of the Juilliard Opera Center, San Francisco Opera, Spoleto Festival, Wexford Festival, NY City Opera, Washington National, LA Opera, Tulsa Opera, Carmel Bach Festival & Opera Festival of NJ. Known for Rossini heroines, which she performed with Koln, Nederlandse, Chautauqua, Utah, Memphis, Vancouver, Kentucky, & others, she has also performed & recorded lead roles in new operas by Hoiby, Rorem, Ward & Adamo.
Soprano BRIDGET MORIARTY, Niagara U. faculty, former CMM winner, soloist with Symphoria!, Syracuse Symphony, Greensboro Opera, Syracuse Opera, Oswego Opera, and the Society for New Music, for whom she created the title role in Persis Vehar’s opera, Eleanor Roosevelt. In 2016, she won the Mid-Atlantic Region NATSAA Competition and went on to win the Mary Wolfman Award at the national level.
Bass-baritone DAVID NEAL, SUNY Cortland, has appeared with the Baltimore Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Lake George, Syracuse, Tri-Cities, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Opera Ithaca, Annapolis Opera, Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia, and in concert at the Kennedy Center, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Lancaster Symphony & Symphony Syracuse. He has created roles for the Society for New Music and Center for Contemporary Opera, e.g. Michael Dellaira, William Mayer, Persis Vehar, and recorded for AMR & Albany.
Tenor PAUL SPERRY, Manhattan School, has numerous world premieres to his credit, including Argento, Bernstein, Beaser, Bolcom, Chihara, Maxwell Davies, Hagen, Hundley, Larsen, Meltzer, Musto, Paulus, Rodriguez, Talma & Wuorinen. He created the central role of Michael in the premiere of Stockhausen’s Donnerstag aus Licht at La Scala, and sang in Druckman’s "Animus IV" for the inaugura-tion of the Centre Pompidou in Paris. He has soloed withl major orchestras, e.g. Boston, LA Philharmonic, Moscow, NY Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw & San Francisco. Sperry has been the director of the organization Joy In Singing since 1987.
This competition is open to singers who are residents of, or studying in, NYS and those states contiguous with NYS.
Application now closed!

Applicants will be contacted via email by October 28 to confirm their participation and given further instructions.


  1. Contestants must perform within their age group as of November 11, 2017. Proof of age (copy of driver's license or passport) must be presented at registration.
  2. Former First Place winners of the CMM Competition may not compete again in the same category.
  3. Repertoire requirements (all must be memorized): 1. An aria from an opera;  2. An aria from an oratorio, mass, requiem, or cantata in the original language;  3. One foreign language art song;  4. One 20th Century American art song composed between 1905-1976;  5. One 20th – 21st Century American art song composed between 1977 - 2017 (date of composition, not publication - please bring a score of the recent American song for the judges). No arrangements allowed. Visit for American song ideas.
  4. The submitted repertoire may be changed via email but must meet the above requirements. Changes will not be accepted after Friday, November 4.
  5. Contestants chosen for the finals will sing a selection of their choice and one American art song. Judges will take into consideration the difficulty & sophistication of the American song, so consult your teacher/coach.
  6. Contestants are encouraged to provide their own accompanist. CMM will provide an accompanist for a $40 fee. If requesting an accompanist you will be notified where to send copies of your music double-sided & notebook ready.
  7. Contestants will be notified of their audition times via email no later than October 28, 2017.
  8. CMM reserves the right not to award a prize in a category on recommendation of the judges.
  9. Complete application online and submit payment of $40 via PayPal; Questions?  Email

Vocal Competition Committee: Janet Brown, Phil Eisenman, Jon English, Laura Enslin, Rebecca Karpoff, Eric Johnson, Jean Loftus, Neva Pilgrim, Gayle Ross, David Rudari, James Shults

If you need further information, please email Janet Brown at

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