Death by Voice - Airs Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 8pm

7th Annual Death by Voice Vocal Competition

Death by Voice - Airs Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 8pm

Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 8:00 P.M.

Due to the unprecedent nature of the pandemic, the Department of Music at the University of Tennessee at Martin is excited to present the seventh annual “virtual” Death by Voice vocal competition, a performance competition that provides encouragement and a performing opportunity for young singers pursuing a music education or careers as vocal artists. It is an excellent opportunity to perform before a panel of judges, and participants can enhance their résumés or undergraduate or graduate school applications, prepare for an audition or other competitions, etc.

 

The performance will be aired on UTM Music's Facebook page and Youtube channel on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 8:00 P.M.

Competition Categories

High School | College Art Song | College Aria

 

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Eligibility

All high school students (ages 15-18) and full-time UTM students who are enrolled in private, applied music lessons in the current semester are eligible to compete. UTM students who are student-teaching during the Spring 2021 semester are not eligible to compete. Winners of previous UTM Concerto & Aria Competitions and Death by Voice Vocal Competition are not eligible to compete, unless they are UTM students wishing to compete in a different category.

 

Awards

One winner (1st place winner) in each category will perform their selection at the UTM Spring Choral Concert on April 13, 2021, and will receive a personalized plaque. In addition to the performance opportunity, winner(s) from each category will receive monetary support for their education (see below).

High School category:

1st place - offer of a music scholarship not to exceed $1,000.00 (one time award only)†1*
2nd place - offer of a music scholarship not to exceed $500.00 (one time award only)†2*
3rd place - offer of a music scholarship not to exceed $250.00 (one time award only)†*
†A music scholarship is awarded to a high school winner who wishes to pursue a music degree (Bachelor of Arts in Music, Bachelor of Music in Music Education or Performance options) at UTM. It is not limited to studies in the year following graduation from high school.
1First place winner will be considered for UTM Chancellor’s Music Award.
2Second place winner will be considered for UTM Honors Music Award.
*The Department of Music reserves the right to not award any prizes.

College Art Song & College Aria Categories (three prizes for each category):

1st place - offer of monetary support of up to $500 for professional enrichment and creativity†‡*
2nd place - offer of monetary support of up to $250 for professional enrichment and creativity‡*
3rd place - offer of monetary support of up to $100 for professional enrichment and creativity‡*
†The prize awards are sponsored by Rita Winter.
‡The monetary support is only offered to the winners who have been accepted to an approved activity. (Proof of acceptance of an activity needs to be provided before receiving the award.) Professional enrichment funds are only available within the one full academic year that they are awarded.
*The Department of Music reserves the right to not award any prizes.

 

Choice of Music

Students must perform their selection from memory.

 

High School category: students perform one art song, opera aria, or music theater selection in the original language.

 

College Art Song category: students perform one art song in the original language.

 

College Aria category: students perform one of any opera/operetta or oratorio arias in its original or published key, sung in the original language or in an English translation.

 

Performance Time Restrictions

The time (including accompaniment) for each student to perform his/her entire piece must not exceed SIX (6) MINUTES.

 

Piano accompaniment/Piano Track

Due to the pandemic, UTM will allow students to record performance videos using pre-recorded tracks such as those from the app Appcompanist, Hal Leonard’s Virtual Library, YouTube, or other similar sources that offer piano-only accompaniments.

 

For high school students ONLY - If you are unable to acquire accompaniment from pre-recorded accompaniment options, UTM is happy to provide a staff pianist who will record your song free of charge. If you would like to use this option, you MUST:

  • Submit a copy of the music (with all expression markings, tempo and tempo changes, etc. marked on the score) and
  • Provide any instructions you might have to assist the recording process
  • Send the above to Dr. Amy Yeung at kyeung@utm.edu by Monday, February 1 at 11:59pm.

 

Instructions for Performance Submission (Submission Deadline: Monday, February 15, 2021 at 11:59pm)

  • You should record an unedited video (with your phone, video camera, or computer) of your selection.
  • Your camera should record from a fixed position (Position camera lens at eye level OR slightly above eye level for best result.)
  • You should face the camera directly (framing the video: always landscape, never portrait; waist up and centered OR below finger tips to a little above head are best).
  • Place the accompaniment-playing device next to you, NOT next to camera, as this might cause voice/accompaniment imbalances.
  • Introduce yourself and your selection at the beginning of the video. I will sing — Title of Composition---by— Composer—and if appropriate—from---Title of Work.
  • Your performance submission must be in the form of a YouTube video. Please note that you must select “public” or “unlisted” in Privacy settings (found under the Broadcasting and Sharing Options section) when uploading your video file to YouTube. If you select “Private,” judges will not be able to access your submission(s).
  • Label your video with your name.
  • Under YouTube “Notes” section, include the title, composer, and larger work (if applicable) of your selection.
  • Send your YouTube video with the URL link/address to Dr. Amy Yeung at kyeung@utm.edu by Monday, February 15, 2021 at 11:59pm.

Fees

All high school entries are admitted free. For all college entries, a $30.00 non-refundable fee PER ENTRY in need of an accompanist for rehearsals and recording of piano track.

 

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