Classical Voice Competitions

The Classical Voice department offers five annual Song Competitions for current students of the Victoria Conservatory of Music to perform, compete, and receive feedback from renowned and respected adjudicators.

First and Second Prizes as well as Honourable Mentions are available to be awarded for each competition, and for the Annual Margaret Abbott Memorial English Art Song Competition up to $3,000 in scholarship funding is available to be awarded to participants in the Junior, Intermediate, and Senior A divisions.

French Art Song Competition

Date: April 17, 2024

The Classical Voice Department provides this opportunity for students of all ages and abilities to perform two contrasting French Art Songs.

How to Apply

Deadline: Wednesday, April 3 at 8:00pm

1. Pay the $16 Application Fee at the Front Desk, by phone, or online:

Online Application Fee


2. Complete the Application Form:

2024 Application Form

2023/24 Results

Results will be posted after the competition.

World Languages Song Competition

Date: Coming Soon

The Classical Voice Department provides this opportunity for students of all ages and abilities to perform an Art Song in any language of their choosing that is not French, English, Italian, or German.

How to Apply

Deadline: Coming soon

2023/24 Results

Results will be posted after the competition.

Margaret Abbott Memorial English Art Song Competition

Date: October 25, 2023

The Classical Voice department provides this opportunity for current students with their instructors recommendation to perform two contrasting English Art Songs. Student participants perform in Alix Goolden Performance Hall and receive feedback from adjudicators.

First and Second Prizes as well as Honourable Mentions are available to be awarded for each competition, and for the Annual Margaret Abbott Memorial English Art Song Competition up to $3,000 in scholarship funding is available to be awarded to participants in the Junior, Intermediate, and Senior A divisions.

About Margaret Abbott

The Victoria Conservatory of Music Scholarship for the performance of English Language Art Song was established after Margaret Abbott’s death in 2003 to honour her memory and to perpetuate her high artistic standards. Soprano Margaret Abbott’s performances of concert oratorio and operatic repertoire from all the musical eras were acclaimed throughout Canada. She sang with the Victoria Symphony and the Victoria Choral Society. Her performances on CBC included solo roles in the CBC premieres of Britten’s operas Albert Herring and Peter Grimes. Her family was closely connected to the Victoria Conservatory of Music for many years. Her children, Norman, Vivienne and Jocelyn, were among the Conservatory’s first students.

How to Apply

2024 Deadline: TBA

2023/24 Results
Junior

First Place: Denisa Vandekerkhove
Spirit of Song: Nathalia Kao


Intermediate

First Place: Maisha Klette
Second Place: Marlo Karakas
Third Place (Tie): Grace Gaboury | Natalie Beilin
Honorable Mention: Emily Bai
Spirit of Song (Tie): Amelia Croft | Kaya Crumley


Senior A

First Place (Tie): Juhui Yoon | Anna Bigland-Pritchard
Second Place (Tie): Katrina McLaughlin | Melissa Irvine
Spirit of Song (Tie): Alice Wolff | Jasmine Bodi
Honourable Mention: Audrey Hamilton | Elizabeth Milward | Essencia Leandro


Senior B

First Place: Judy Roberts
Honourable Mention: Brooke Gallupe

German Lieder Competition

Date: Wednesday, January 24, 2024

The Classical Voice Department provides this opportunity for students of all ages and abilities to perform two contrasting German Art Songs.

How to Apply

2025 Deadline: TBA

2023/24 Results
Junior

First Place: Warner Clark
Honourable Mention: Dannah Che | River Chen | Yiwen Miao


Intermediate

First Place: Natalie Beilin
Honourable Mention: Grace Lauchlan | Marlo Karakas


Senior B

First Place (Tie): Pam Campbell | Brooke Gallupe
Fab Awards (HM): Jill Forrester | Heather Valsangkar | Neil Marcovitz
Spirit of Lieder Award: Frances Rosenberg


Senior A

First Place (Tie): Melissa Irvine | Katrina McLaughlin
Second Place: Elizabeth Milward
Honourable Mention: Juhui Yoon | Jill Goddard | Michael van der Kamp

Italian Art Song Competition

Date: March 6, 2024

The Classical Voice Department provides this opportunity for students of all ages and abilities to perform two contrasting Italian Art Songs.

How to Apply

2025 Deadline: TBA

2023/24 Results
Junior Division

First Place: Hrithika Sompriti
Second Place: Yoyo Lu
Third Place: Lauren Ahbirosh


Intermediate Division
First Place: Marlo Karakas
Second Place: Nateo Thompson
Honorable Mentiona: Natalie Beilin | Maisha Klette


Senior B Division
First Place: Heather Valsangkar | Neil Marcovitz
Second Place: Pam Campbell | Brooke Gallupe
Honorable Mention: Patricia Saavedra


Senior A Division
First Place: Katrina McLaughlan
Second Place: Katie Cooper | Juhui Yoon
Third Place: Christina Hilgartner | Kyra Kristmanson | Cynan Thompson