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Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition
The competition is held every three years (the last competition was in 2004). It is open to all singers who are under 35 years old on January 1st of the competition year. In addition to the required repertoire of a Moniuszko song and aria, a choice of songs by Polish composers is suggested (including Karłowicz, Lutosławski, Paderewski, Penderecki, Szymanowski).

For more information contact:

Maria Fołtyn, Founder and Artistic Director
Philharmonia Warsaw Artists, Ltd.
Fax: (48) (22) 27-52-63
Web site:

Sembrich Voice Competition at the Kosciuszko Foundation

TheSembrich Voice Competitions are held in spring at the Kosciuszko Foundation in New York City. Cash prizes are $1000, $750, and $500. The first prize winner will also be sent to the Moniuszko Voice Competition in Warsaw, and will be offered a recital at the Moniuszko Festival in Kudowa-Zdrój, Poland. The Competition is open to singers from ages of 18 to 34.

Entrants must submit a completed application form and sample tape recording. Live auditions will take place at the Kosciuszko Foundation House with a winner's recital that same evening.

Application forms and further information can be obtained from

Sembrich Voice Competition
15 East 65th Street
New York, NY 10021
(212) 734-2130 or (800)287-9956

For the auditions in March, contestants will be required to prepare six songs, to include one Polish song and one aria by Moniuszko; the Foundation can provide suggestions and sources. The first prize winner, in addition to receiving the $1000 award, will receive round-trip airfare from New York to Warsaw and meals and accommodations in Poland.

The Marcella Sembrich Voice Competition was established to encourage young singers to study the repertoire of Polish composers, and to honor the Polish soprano, one of the great artists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. After an outstanding global career as an opera soloist and Lieder singer, she taught at both the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and the Juilliard School in New York City. A consummate artist and devoted teacher, she was an outstanding representative of Poland's musical tradition. Originally established in 1968, the Competition was discontinued for several years; past recipients of Sembrich Voice Scholarships include soprano Barbara Hendricks and bass-baritone Jan Opalach.

Marcella Kochanska Sembrich Vocal Competition at the ACPC

The Music Committee of the American Council for Polish Culture holds an annual competition for high school graduates, male or female up to the age of 35 years, who have pursued or are currently pursuing higher education study in voice or in the early stage of their vocal career. The competition is open to U.S. citizens of Polish descent who are not under professional management.

Entrants must submit a completed application and (3) copies of a recording of 30 minute duration with piano accompaniment to:

Alicia Dutka, ACPC Music Chair
1991 Selkirk Court
Inverness, IL 60010
Tel: (847) 382-6339
E-mail: Alicia Dutka or Jaroslaw Golembiowski

Adam Didur's National Opera Competition

Panstwowa Opera
ul. St. Moniuszki 21/23
40-881 Bytom, Poland
Tel: (48) (32) 281-34-31,281-34-30
Fax: (48) (32) 281-43-35

National Children and Youth a Capella Competition

Palac Mlodziezy
Jagiellonska 27
85-097 Bydgoszcz, Poland
Tel: (48) (52) 21-00-81, 21-15-21
Fax: (48) (52) 21-16-42

"Legnica Cantat" National Choir Tournament

Legnickie Centrum Kultury im. H. Karlinskiego
ul. Chojnowska 2
59-220 Legnica, Poland
Tel: (48) (76) 856-51-28, 866-02-78
Fax: (48) (76) 856-51-21

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