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Debut Artist Award

Joy In Singing began the Artist Award Competition in 1958, awarding the first debut recital prize to Nico Castel, who went on to a distinguished career as a singer, diction coach, and libretto translator. In the years following, over fifty singers have been presented in their New York City recital debut. We count among our past winners artists who now perform internationally, as well as those with vital and distinguished careers as music educators, concert performers, and art song festival directors. All of this activity helps ensure the future for audiences and artists passionate about art song performance.

The Joy In Singing International Art Song Competition focuses on the singer's ability to communicate within the collaborative art of the platform recital. Adjudicators consider whether the submitted program serves the vocal and expressive range of the vocalist, while also showing language facility, interpretive range, imagination, and the ability to create mood with a variety of musical styles.  The ability to emotionally move the listener is greatly taken into consideration. 


In recent years, the artistic level of applicants has been very high.  Some of our recent winners are now singing at international venues including the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House, Zurich Opera, the New York Philharmonic, among others. To participate in our next competition, please read the information posted on the International Art Song Competition page.

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