Collegiate Vocal Competition

The Opera Grand Rapids’ Collegiate Vocal Competition provides an opportunity for the finest student vocalists being trained full-time at West Michigan area colleges and universities to compete in a professional competition and to be recognized for excellence by a professional opera company.

 Pictured: 2016-2017 Collegiate Vocal Competition Concert


2017-2018 Season Collegiate Vocal Competition

The Opera Grand Rapids 2017-2018 Season Collegiate Vocal Competition will be held the weekend of April 14-15, 2018 at the Betty Van Andel Opera Center. Students will have the opportunity to compete in one of two divisions for a chance to sing on the Final Round Concert and receive cash prizes.

The Final Round Concert is open to the public. Seating is limited and provided on a first-come basis at the door.

Preliminary Round Auditions  |  Saturday, April 14, 2018  |  10am-4pm  |  Betty Van Andel Opera Center

Final Round Concert  |  Sunday, April 15, 2018  |  7pm  |  Betty Van Andel Opera Center

How To Apply

Applications for the 2017-2018 Season Vocal Competition have not yet opened. Please check back soon. Applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. on March 25, 2018.

Host housing for the weekend is available for students traveling from outside of the Grand Rapids area. To reserve host housing, please contact for information.

Meet the 2016-2017 Season Judges 

meridith-awady-headshot-cropMeredith Arwady

Hailed by critics as a “rarity” and “a genuine contralto,” Meredith Arwady continues to delight audiences in the United States and abroad with rich vocal intensity and captivating stage presence.

Meredith Arwady makes her Los Angeles Opera debut in Woody Allen’s production of Gianni Schicchi as Zita with Plácido Domingo as Schicchi in the current season. In Valencia, she will debut at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia as the title role in Handel’s Silla. She will be seen at Houston Grand Opera, Oper Frankfurt and the Canadian Opera Company as Erda in Siegfried, as well as the First Norn in Frankfurt. More






Dr. Richard Fracker

Richard Fracker is professor of voice (tenor) and area chair of vocal arts at the Michigan State University College of Music. Prior to joining the MSU faculty in September 2004, he performed regularly in opera houses and concert halls throughout the world, including 10 seasons and more than 160 performances at the New York Metropolitan Opera. He appeared in 14 “Live from the MET” international and national radio broadcasts, performing 17 roles at the MET including the tenor lead in the Metropolitan Opera’s debut production of Philip Glass’s The Voyage. More






Dr. Libor Ondras

Libor Ondras is a viola recitalist, conductor and educator. He began his studies as a recipient of the Slovak Ministry of Culture fellowship to study viola at the famous Moscow Conservatory with Yuri Bashmet. To further his career and experience, Dr. Ondras continued his studies at the Academy of Music Arts in Prague, and completed his M.M and D.M.A. degrees at the University of Houston, TX. More



Collegiate Committee

William Bokhout, Grand Rapids Community College
Jung Woo Kim, Hope College
Barbara McCargar, Aquinas College
Ken Prewitt, Western Michigan University
Charsie Sawyer, Calvin College
Dale Schriemer, Grand Valley State University


The Opera Grand Rapids Collegiate Consortium

Thank you to the following regional colleges and universities who have joined forces in support of our Collegiate Vocal Competition!