The Nation's Premier Youth Vocal Competition

About the Competition

The Schmidt Youth Vocal Competition is open to talented young singers who are currently in their sophomore, junior or senior year in high school. As part of its mission, the Schmidt Foundation  encourages youth in the arts and provides support and inspiration to our next generation of artists. The Schmidt competition, now in its sixteenth year, has impacted the lives of over 5,500 youth throughout the country and annually provides scholarships for over 140 students. Our competitors have gone on to gain entrance into the world’s finest music schools and include winners of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the George London Competition, the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Competition, Classical Singer, and the National Opera Association Award.


Prize Money and Awards

First Place                                        $2,500

Second Place                                   $2,000

Third Place                                      $1,500

Finalists                                            $250

Encouragement                              $100

Best Sophomore                             $100


Master Classes

As part of the competition, our young artists have the opportunity to participate 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.


Matching Scholarships


Schmidt Vocal Institute





As part of its mission the William E. Schmidt Foundation provides support and encouragement to youth in the arts.  Annually the Foundation provides scholarships and support to over one hundred and fifty students in the arts.  The William E. Schmidt Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, disability, or sexual orientation in any of its activities or operations.




Schmidt Youth Vocal Competition

109 Presser Hall

501 South Patterson Avenue

Oxford, OH 45056

Telephone: (513) 529-3046

Fax: (513) 529-3027