2018 High School Vocal Competition

The Guild is ready to begin accepting applications for the 2018 High School Vocal Competition which will be held in Sears Recital Hall on the University of Dayton campus beginning at 10 a.m.  on March 24, 2018. Dr. David Sievers will again be chairing this important Competition. The judges include: Dr. Minnita Daniel-Cox, soprano and coordinator of the voice area at the University of Dayton; Alex Harper, baritone and Dayton Opera Artist-in-Residence; and Sarah Bucher, soprano and private voice teacher.

High School Vocal Competition Requirements

• Performance of two memorized selections from serious vocal literature (Pieces need not be
from opera, but selections should reflect the student’s ability and level of training.)
• Performance time not to exceed ten minutes
• Three copies of musical selections to be provided for judges’ use (Photo copies are acceptable.)
• Fully completed application

Students in the 11th or 12th grades in Ohio are invited to apply.

Time, Date and Place of Competition

March 24, 2018
Applicants will be notified by mail or email of audition times, no later than
Wednesday before the competition.


First Place…………………………………………….. $600
Second Place………………………………………….. $450
Third Place……………………………………………. $300

Additional Information

• Applications may be accessed at operaguildofdayton.org.
• Judges represent the vocal music field, including professional
singers, conductors, high school and college teachers and private voice teachers.
• Competitors are encouraged to provide their own accompanist. If music is
submitted a week in advance, an accompanist will be provided at no expense to entrant.
• Indicate any time conflict that should be considered when scheduling your audition time.
• Arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled audition time.
• Warm-up rooms will be available for limited use before auditions.
• Winners are expected to perform at the College Vocal Competition on April 8, 2018.

Applications must be postmarked no later than March 15, 2018.

You may submit your application online by clicking here.

If you have questions or seek further information, Dr. Sievers contact data is:

Dr. David Sievers
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469-0290
Telephone: 937/229-4971


2017 High School Vocal Competition

Opera Guild of Dayton held its annual High School Vocal Competition on March 18, 2017, at Fairmont Presbyterian Church. The Chair of the Competition, Dr. David Sievers from the University of Dayton, orchestrated the details for this special event. The judges for this year’s Competition were: Dr. Minnita Daniel-Cox from the University of Dayton, tenor Brian Skoog with Dayton Opera’s Artists-in-Residence and Alice Hotopp who is a private vocal coach.

A big congratulations to all 20 singers who performed in the Competition. They all sang very well and did a great job; kudos to all of them!

  • The First-Place ($600) winner was Anna Hlinomaz from Centerville High School.
  • The Second-Place ($450) winner was Galen Adkins from Lebanon High School.
  • The Third-Place ($300) winner was Destiny Donelson from Stivers School for the Arts.

The Guild wishes to acknowledge the generosity of the Norma J. Ross Youth Foundation for its donation of the $1,350 which funded the awards. Norma’s Foundation has presented these award dollars for many years now. Our sincere thanks go out for their assistance.

There were two Honorable Mention winners: Anna Greco from Lakota West High School and Sara Lavilla from Beavercreek High School. Thanks to a generous gift by Dr. Minnita Daniel-Cox, the Honorable Mention winners will each receive a full scholarship to attend the 2017 University of Dayton Vocal Performance Institute held in June.

Congratulations again to all the winners! Come hear the first-, second-, and third-place winners sing on April 2 at the Opera Guild’s Tri-State College Vocal Competition at Kettering Seventh-Day Adventist Church. This Competition begins at 1:30 p.m.
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Galen Adkins
Galen Adkins–Click on Galen photo to hear a short exert from his performance.Destiny Donelson
Destiny Donelson


2016 High School Vocal Competition

Opera Guild of Dayton  held its 2016 High School Vocal Competition on Saturday, March 19, at 10 a.m. at Lutheran Church of Our Savior located at 155 Thruston Blvd. E. in Oakwood. Chair Linda Menz gathered an excellent field of judges to evaluate the young competitors: Alice Hotopp, Minnita Daniel Cox and Kasia Borowiez. First Place winner was Honor Martin, as senior at Stivers School for the Arts. Second Place went to Samia Dudley, a senior at Stivers School for the Arts. Sara Lavila, a junior at Beavercreek High School, earned Third Place. Honorable Mentions included Destiny Donelson, a junior from Stivers School for the Arts and Maria Hess, a homeschooled senior.

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                                                                                     Honor                                 Samia                                      Sara

The Guild extends a huge Thank You to The Norma J. Ross Youth Foundation for sponsoring this Competition many times in recent years.

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