2019 High School Vocal Competition

The Opera Guild of Dayton is planning the 2019 High School Vocal Competition and will be accepting applications soon. This is always an exciting annual event featuring vocal talent and providing monetary awards for the best performances.

Criteria for the Competition is:

High School Vocal Competition Requirements

• Performance of two memorized selections. Selections may come from operatic, art song or musical theater literature. Please contact the chair, Dr. David Sievers, at dsievers1@udayton.edu for any questions regarding repertoire.
• Performance time not to exceed ten minutes
• Fully completed application

Date and Place of Competition

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

2019 Competition date: March 23, 2019
Sears Recital Hall, Jesse Philips Humanities Center, University of Dayton

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 by clicking here.
• 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 Tri-State College Vocal Competition on April 7, 2019.

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

2018 High School Vocal Competition

The Guild held its 2018 High School Vocal Competition  in Sears Recital Hall on the University of Dayton campus on March 24, 2018. Over twenty outstanding area students sang with skill and emotion to display a varied repertoire of musical selections. Winning first place was soprano Lauren Maynus (left), a junior at Ursuline Academy in Cincinnati. Baritone Reed Gnepper (center), a junior at the School for the Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, earned the second place honors. Third place went to Alaya Hinesmon (right), a senior at Stivers School for the Arts in Dayton. Honorable Mention was awarded to soprano Caroline Cruise, a senior from Olentangy Liberty High School in Columbus, and to baritone David Lewis, a junior at Stivers School for the Arts.

Lauren Maynus Reed Gnepper Alaya Hinesmon, John Benjamin

The cash awards for this year’s Competition were once again funded by the generosity of the Norma J. Ross Youth Foundation. The Guild is grateful that this fund has supported the High School Vocal Competition for many years.

Dr. David Sievers chaired this important Competition. The judges include: Dr. Minnita Daniel-Cox (right), soprano and coordinator of the voice area at the University of Dayton; Dr. Andrea Chenoweth Wells (left), artist-in-residence at the University of Dayton; and Sarah Bucher (center), soprano and private voice teacher. Many Guild volunteers helped make the day so successful. They included Judy Hudson, Nora Stang, Kathy Brown, Patrick and Suzanne Crippen. Dr. Sievers elicited the assistance of several enthusiastic UD music students and accompanists. Thanks to them all.

Andrea Chenoweth, Minitta Daniel-Cox, Sarah Bucher



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.

Norma in Pink