Mary Jacobs Smith Singer of the Year
Annually, Shreveport Opera hosts The Mary Jacobs Smith Singer of the Year Competition, Shreveport's only national singing competition. Contestants travel from
across the country to vie for the title of Mary Jacobs Smith Singer of the Year as well as the cash award that accompanies the title. The award not only
helps them to pursue a career that is both challenging and expensive but also
allows them to audition for future seasons with Shreveport Opera. Over the
years, competitors have gone on to secure leading roles in some of the most
famous opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera in New York City and
Singers in the competition must have performed at least one major role with a
university, summer vocal program, or professional opera company to qualify.
The contestants then go through the preliminary section of the contest, which
is based on a professional recording containing three arias submitted by each
applicant. From these applicants, 20 are selected to participate in the
semifinals here in Shreveport. The Judges then hear all of the remaining
applicants on Saturday and determine the ten finalists. Those ten then compete
in the Finalists Concert on Sunday.
The 2014 Mary Jacobs Smith Singer of the Year Competition will be held Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 1 p.m. in the Anderson Auditorium at
the Hurley School of Music at Centenary College of Louisiana.
Congratulations to The Mary Jacobs Smith Singer of the Year 2013!
The Mary Jacobs Smith Award - $5,000
The Charles Maggio Award - $2,000
The Robert J. Murray Award - $1,500
The Lorena Bessey Mangin Memorial Award - $1,000
The Joe Festervan Memorial Award - $750
The Rae Selber Memorial Award - $500
The Jennifer White Memorial Award - $300
Stephanie Foley Davis
Honorable Mentions - $250
The Katherine S. Tyrrell Award
The Dr. and Mrs. Bob Robinson Award
The Shreveport Opera Board of Directors Award
The Lucy Morgan Memorial Award
The Dr. Melvin Johnson, Jr. Memorial Award
The Opera Guild Audience Choice Award