The art  of  performing  with  the  human  voice  rhythmic  tones  or  sounds  to  produce  music  with  the  tones of the present.


  1. Only one (1) song is to be performed, and it must not exceed two and a half (2.5) minutes. (Contestants not adhering to the maximum time requirement are subject to point deduction.)
  2. Musical accompaniment  must  be  provided  by  the  contestant  either  live  or  using  a  standard  CD. The  CD  should  contain  only  the  instrumental  version  of  the  song.  Contestants  are  encouraged to provide a backup CD.
  3. Contestants requesting   piano   accompaniment   must   submit   sheet   music   and   requests   for accompaniment by May 8, 2020. Sheet music is required at the time of the request. Contestants can also bring an accompanist.
  4. The material must be memorized.
  5. Costumes are not permitted.
  6. Examples of contemporary music are R&B, Broadway, Jazz, R&B, Gospel, Blues, etc.
  7. Live accompaniment is permitted for this competition.
  8. The only  instrument  provided  for  performance  will  be  a  piano.

NOTE:   The  deadline  for  submission  of  national  registration  documents  is  May 15, 2020..   No materials or copies will be accepted after that time or at the National Competition.

Contestants will be judged by the following criteria:

  • Choice of Music (15)

  Matched to vocal ability

  • Interpretation (20)

  Expression,  Phrasing,  Style



  • Stage Presence  (15)

Comfort   on   and   control   of   stage, posture

  Rapport  with  audience

  • Technique (25)





  • Tone Quality  (25)

Beauty of sound


Intonation  and  Diction