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Vocal Competition


The CNYAMT vocal competition offers high school singers the opportunity to practice their classical vocal skills while being adjudicated in four different age levels (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior and Senior). The young artists are judged by highly respected professional performers and professors of voice. 

CNYAMT High School Vocal Competition 2024

COMPETITION: Saturday, May 11, 2024

                             Onondaga Community College, Syracuse, NY

Chairpersons: Laura Enslin, Kathy Montcrieff, Gayle Ross, and Patti Thompson

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, April 22, 2024

Entry Fee: $35 for students of teachers who are CNYAMT members

                    $50 for non-member teachers

Entrants who win commit themselves to perform in the winners’ recital.
: 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2024
                                      Park Central Presbyterian Church, Syracuse

  • All participating students, teachers, plus relatives and friends are encouraged to attend the winners recital.

  • Senior Winners may also be invited to perform in the Young Artists Live! in early June.

Sponsored by CNYAMT, CMM, and OCMEA

Eligibility Requirements: Grades 9 (or 13-15), 10 (or14-16), 11 (or15-17), 12 (or16-18)

                                               (High School Students who have not completed a High School Diploma or GED)
                                               Singers living in Oswego, Oneida, Onondaga, Cortland, Madison, and Chenango Counties.


General Eligibility Requirements: A single scholarship of $500 may be awarded to a top senior prize winner.

  • Entrant must be a graduating high school senior (or equivalent), planning to continue music instruction in college.

  • The student must have studied with a teacher who has been a CNYAMT member for the past three consecutive years and an active member in good standing as of October 1, 2023.

  • Repertoire Requirements:

    • 15-20 minutes

    •  Three songs of contrasting style – memorized. (Foreign language, English, & your choice – no show tunes). You are required one foreign language piece and one English out of the three pieces. One piece must have been written between 1501-1800. ​

    • Provide own accompanist.

$35 for members or $50 for non-members

To enter:

  1. Submit your application by clicking the link below

       Vocal Competition 2024 Registration

    2.  Submit payment by PayPal using the Registration box to the right

          or Venmo @MaryEllen-DiPietra

    3.  Please email a short biography of 75 words a photo by May 11th to: or mail to: CNYAMT HS Vocal Competition

                                                                       8078 Crockett Dr.  

                                                                       Cicero, NY 13039



The 2024 Vocal Competition Winners Recital took place May 11th at Onondaga Community College with the Winner's Recital taking place on May 18th at Park Central Presbyterian Church.
Chairpersons: Laura Enslin, Kathy Montcrieff, Gayle Ross, and Patti Thompson


AVA TYLER is a senior at Cicero North Syracuse High School. She has performed lead roles in many musicals. Her voice has flourished under the vocal coaching of Gayle Ross since 2019. Ava was selected for NYSSMA All-State Vocal Jazz in 2023. She has consistently been the first place winner in the CNYAMT High School Vocal Competition. In the Civic Morning Musicals Vocal Competition, Ava won 1st prize (the Neva Pilgrim Award) in the younger division, and also took the David Ross Award for the best performance of an African-American song. She was featured as a Rising Star by The Society for New Music at Cazenovia Counterpoint, and featured by WCNY radio's Fresh Ink program. She sings the National Anthem for the NYS Fair and Syracuse Mets. Recently, she was honored to perform with the Auburn Chamber Orchestra under the baton of conductor, Dr. Victor Vallo. Ava has taken Master Classes with Merri Sugarman, Nancy Kelly, and Gregory Sheppard. Profiled by Carrie Lazarus as an “Extraordinary Talent” in 2023 and 2024, she was consequently coached by Broadway Kids Auditions for college prep. Ava will be attending Manhattan School of Music this Fall.

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