Grady-Rayam Prize in Sacred Music Competition – Upper Division

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Amount
Awarded

$3,000

Awarded

Application Deadline

November 18, 2020

Wednesday
Awarded By:

Negro Spiritual Scholarship Foundation

Number of Awards & Eligibility: Two awards offered annually. Awards are given to the first-place winners of the female vocalist and male vocalist categories. Other entrants will be recognized for their participation.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for U.S. students.
  2. Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  3. Must be an academically qualified collegian (junior or senior year).
  4. Must be currently enrolled and matriculating at an accredited institution of higher learning in the continental United States.
  5. Must be a full-time student.
  6. Must perform two songs in the Negro spiritual genre if selected for the competition. Please note: There are separate competitions for male and female vocalists.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: This vocal competition is open to U.S. college juniors and seniors who are enrolled and matriculating full time at a college or university in the continental United States. Entrants selected for the competition must perform two songs in the Negro spiritual genre; there are separate competitions for male and female vocalists.

Application requirements for the Grady-Rayam Prize in Sacred Music Competition – Upper Division are:

  • Application form
  • $50 entry fee
  • Audition video
  • Recommendation letter
Additional Information: Named for Bishop Thomas J. Grady and opera singer Curtis Rayam, the Grady-Rayam Prize in Sacred Music is given to selected collegians with proven vocal ability. Winners of the prize become year-long ambassadors who promote the American Negro spiritual song by performing under the auspices of the "Negro Spiritual" Scholarship Foundation. Twenty singers – ten males and ten females – will be selected for the competition. Each entrant will be required to perform two songs, one assigned and one selected, from memory. Entrants will be sent study copy of the assigned piece, which will be performed to the accompaniment of an acoustic piano using a staff accompanist. Entrants will be sent a list of songs recognized as Negro spirituals to assist in choosing a second selection to be performed to the accompaniment of an acoustic piano using a staff accompanist. Entrants must submit a .pdf copy of the music score to their selected spiritual in advance. The Female Upper Division competition will be held on a date TBA on the campus of Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. The Male Upper Division competition will be held on a data TBA on the campus of University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Please note: Singers who are accepted for competition must provide their own means of travel to event locations. Each round of singers will be evaluated by a panel of three jurors assigning numeric scores (points) earned in published categories of vocal and artistic ability. Decisions of the judges are final. Individuals who are currently contracted with musical or theatrical professional management are not eligible to compete on any level. Previous winners of the Grady-Rayam Prize awards on any level are not eligible to return to competition.

Award Amount: $3,000 annually, non-renewable. Award monies are paid directly to winning students who provide proof of being currently enrolled in a college or university undergraduate program where they matriculate for full-time study.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $3,000.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Applications are available online from the Grady-Rayam Prize website or by contacting the Negro Spiritual Scholarship Foundation. In addition to a completed application, the student must submit the following materials: an audition performance video (solo voice with piano accompaniment); a faculty letter of reference; and a non-refundable entry fee of $50. This fee may be paid by check or money order (made payable to '"NS" Scholarship Foundation') or online. Applications submitted without a fee will not be processed. Please note: At the start of the competition period each entrant will be sent a competition number, a day-of-competition schedule, detailed rules and judging criteria for competition, a Negro spiritual description sheet, a list of titles, music copy for the assigned competition piece, a biographical statement form, and detailed information on how to get to the competition site. Applications must be mailed to the address provided by the deadline date. The audition video may be mailed as a DVD, or a link to YouTube or a cloud service such as Dropbox may be emailed to [email protected]
Contact: Rudolph Cleare
Address: "NS" Scholarship Foundation P.O. Box 547728 Orlando, Florida 32854-7728

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