SSO Emerging Artist Vocal Competition


The Stratford Symphony Orchestra is excited to announce our call for submissions for the 2020-21 Emerging Artist Vocal Competition.


The SSO supports and encourages promising young artists by offering them the chance to perform as a soloist with a professional symphony orchestra. We believe in the encouragement and cultivation of the next generation of artists.  


The 2020-21 competition winner will have the opportunity to perform as soloist with the SSO at a concert held during the orchestra’s 16th Season.


Application Process


  1. Print and fill out the Application Form – EAVC 2020.
  2. Prepare a cheque or money order made out to the Stratford Symphony Orchestra for $35 (non-refundable application fee).
  3. Mail your application and cheque to us at;

    Stratford Symphony Orchestra - Competition

    PO Box 1067

    Stratford, ON

    N5A 6W4


Completed entry form and entry fee must be received by the SSO by midnight Friday, March 27, 2020 either by post, courier or electronically. Deadline is for entries received, NOT postmarked.


Artists selected for an audition will be notified by March 27 and assigned a time between 10 am and 2 pm on Saturday, May 2, to perform with their accompanist at Avondale United Church, Stratford, in front of a small panel of judges.


Each competitor may audition with a single or several songs totaling a maximum of 15 minutes, but no less than 8 minutes. One song MUST be an art song that can be performed with orchestra.


Winners will be notified on or before Saturday, May 6, 2020.


Inquiries may be made to or by contacting SSO's offices at 519-271-0990.

This year’s competition is open to pre-professional vocalists in art song genre.


Competitors must meet the age requirement: 15 to 28 years of age as of the day of competition.


Stratford Symphony Orchestra's 2020 Emerging Artist Competition rules are available here.


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