The voice discipline is made up of eight categories: Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Contralto, Tenor, Baritone, Bass, Jazz and Popular. A panel of esteemed artists reviews the submissions and are looking for a performance that indicates a background of musical study, and the potential for serious growth, development and individuality. Students are encouraged to avoid the imitation of pop icons and to develop a distinctive style that is particular to their own unique abilities.

During their performances at YoungArts Week the finalists display authenticity, emotional truth, honesty of expression and a direct connection to the audience. Their vocal abilities are balanced; they have technique and passion; head and heart; substance and style. They are in complete control of their technique and it is not uncommon for the audience to give a standing ovation after a particularly moving performance.


The voice panelists will also determine recipients of Honorable Mention and Merit awards.

Notable Alumni

  • Denyce Graves, 1981Grendel-LA Opera & Lincoln Center Festival
  • Josh Groban, 1999Warner Brothers recording artist
  • Eric Owens, 1988Grendel-LA Opera & Lincoln Center Festival