Shayna Singer, a senior, has won first prize in the prestigious Schmidt Vocal Competition, a singing competition for sophomore, junior, and senior high school singers that presents cash awards to more than 150 people annually. The competition took place at Palm Beach Atlantic University on October 12, 2019. Singer was awarded $2,500 for her performance of "Love's Philosophy" by Roger Quilter.
“Congratulations to Shayna Singer and the many other talented singers who participated in this year’s Schmidt Vocal Competition,” said Linda McAlister, Executive Director of Schmidt Vocal Arts. “These students work hard to practice and prepare for the competition and we’re committed to helping them pursue their passion. The Schmidt Vocal Competition offers students the opportunity to perform in front of live audiences, receive invaluable instruction from world-renowned artists and professionals, and connect with mentors and experienced singers to explore a career in classical singing.” “Having the opportunity to meet so many talented individuals who share the same passion as me makes the Schmidt Vocal Competition such an amazing experience,” remarks Shayna Singer. “You not only get to share your voice with others, but you receive insightful feedback on your performance from various distinguished faculty. To be selected as the winner of the competition is such an honor and an experience I will never forget. Competing helps gain confidence, grow our artistry, and create friendships with so many inspiring young singers!”
About Schmidt Vocal Competition
The Schmidt Vocal Competition has impacted the lives of thousands of young students over the past two decades, offering awards, scholarship and educational experiences for more than 150 students annually. The Schmidt Vocal Competition is held annually in 17 locations throughout the U.S. in partnership with regional colleges and universities and is open to sophomore, junior, and senior high school singers. Competitors perform in front of a live audience in two rounds and participate in educational master classes with some of today’s most renowned professionals
between the preliminary and finalist rounds. Schmidt Vocal Competition participants have gone on to gain entrance into the world’s finest music schools and include winners of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the George London Competition, the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards, Classical Singer, and the National Opera Association Award. The Schmidt Vocal Competition is a program from Schmidt Vocal Arts, which encourages
aspiring young singers to pursue their passion in vocal arts and provides support and
inspiration to future generations of singers.
About Shayna Singer
Shayna Singer is a 17-year-old soprano from Delray Beach, Florida. Shayna is originally from New York City where she performed in the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus for six seasons and studied piano at the Special Music School. Shayna was a member of Palm Beach Opera Studio from 2017-2019. She is currently President of Choirs at North Broward Prep and performs in their opera every year. Shayna has attended various summer programs including Brevard Music Center and Washington National Opera Institute and will attend All National Honor Choir this fall. She currently studies with Marilyn Mims at Palm Beach Atlantic University.