The Sarofim Vocal Competition encourages excellence in solo vocal performance. It is an opportunity for high school singers to learn through master classes and mini-workshops, and to connect with college students pursuing music careers. 

Judges are Bruce Cain (Associate Professor of Music), Lois Ferrari (Professor of Music and Music Director of the Austin Civic Orchestra), Nicholas Simpson (Instructor of Applied Music), and Agnes Vojtko (Assistant Professor of Music). David Utterback, Instructor of Music will be the collaborative pianist.


Competition Date:

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Application Deadline: October 19, 2014  (Registration is Full)

Cash Awards
First Prize: $500
Second Prize: $300
Third Prize: $200
Encouragement Award (Freshman or Sophomore): $100
Finalist: $50 

The Sarofim Vocal Competition is open to all high school age singers. Participants must be U.S. Citizens. Winners will be required to fill out a W-9 form and provide a social security number to receive prize money. Participation in the Sarofim Vocal Competition does not affect students’ eligibility for UIL or TMEA contests.

Repertoire Requirements
Singers must perform THREE SELECTIONS from memory. Selections must meet the following criteria: 

  • At least one of your three pieces must be in English.
  • At least one of your three pieces must be in a foreign language.
  • Your repertoire must include at least two classical style pieces (art songs or arias). The third selection can (but does not have to) be a musical theater piece. 
  • One original score (or legally purchased pdf) of each selection must be provided to the judges. Printed copies of public domain music are acceptable. 

A $20 application fee, plus a $0.55 payment processing charge (total of $20.55) is required to register for the event. There are no additional charges for concerts, workshops or events. The collaborative pianist’s fees will be covered by Southwestern University.

Space is limited to 25 singers, so apply early! Sorry registration is full.

Frequently Asked Questions


Questions, contact:
Dana Zenobi, DMA
Assistant Professor of Voice
Sarofim Vocal Competition Director