The 2013 Vocal Arts Competition for Emerging Artists – In Honor of Denyce Graves

Opera NOVA

On Saturday, November 2, 2013, The Millennium-Seat Pleasant Club of the National Capital Area (MSPNCA), Mid-Atlantic District, of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Incorporated (NANBPWC), The Opera  NOVA, and The Northern Virginia Chapter of The National Coalition of 100 Black Women will sponsor “The 2013 Vocal Arts Competition for Emerging Artists” in honor of Denyce Graves, an African-American mezzo soprano opera singer who is recognized worldwide as one of today’s most exciting vocal stars. The Honorary Chair for this occasion is Gwen Moten, an African American International Classical Singer and Musician.  This event will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Walker Chapel United Methodist Church, 4102 North Glebe Road, Arlington, Virginia 22207. Donations and a free will offering will be accepted at this event.

For over 78 years, the NANBPWC has advanced the interests of business and professional women of color. Vocal arts is one of the cultural areas that our Association promotes in an effort to provide experience and exposure to Black young adults striving to pursue a classical vocal arts career. In 1982, the Association introduced its signature program formerly known as the “Leontyne Price Vocal Arts Competition.” In 2001, the Association changed the competition name, with the endorsement and consent of Leontyne Price, to the “Vocal Arts Competition for Emerging Artists.” This competition seeks to provide a competitive arena where young talented and gifted vocal classical performing Black artists can demonstrate their artistic abilities. The contestants must be between the ages of 18-30 and prepared to perform one selection in each of the following categories: ARIAS – Opera, Cantata, Mass Requiem, Oratorio; ART SONGS – German Lied, French Art Songs; and either a Negro Spiritual or Work by a Contemporary African American Composer.

Opera NOVA was founded in 1992, as a volunteer-based, non-profit charitable organization to bring the joy of opera to the local community and develop regional support for the performing arts by fostering an appreciation for local theater across generations.

For over 29 years, The Northern Virginia Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, has advocated on behalf of African American Women, girls, and their families. Their goal is to eliminate disparities in the areas of Health, Education, and Economic Development.

The co-sponsorship of the 2013 Vocal Arts Competition for Emerging Artists will provide an opportunity for Black classical vocalists, young men and women to receive monetary awards ranging from $300 to $100 according to his/her placement in the competition, as well as an opportunity to compete at the Mid-Atlantic District and National levels of NANBPWC.  Moreover, it is an excellent opportunity to continue to showcase, promote, and foster classical talents, as well as provide an opportunity for visibility and the awareness of the classical arts in the Washington Metropolitan Area.

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