George Shirley Vocal Competition

African American Vocal Repertoire

May 17-19, 2019 | University of Michigan


The GSVC is proud to welcome talented singers, ages 14-32 and composers, ages 18 – 35 to compete for over $20,000 worth of prizes. Join us! New for 2019, we’re excited to to introduce the pre-professional division for aspiring professional vocalists!

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Support the next generation of vocalists and composers, by attending one of our events. The next event is the Holiday Heritage Concert on December 9, 2018 at the Kerrytown Concert House.

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Please consider supporting aspiring young vocalists, rising composers and the preservation of the African American vocal repertoire with tax-deductible donations to the GSVC.

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About George Shirley

George Shirley’s illustrious career has spanned more than five decades and has included national and international recognitions. He has dedicated his life’s work to giving voice to the powerful African American vocal repertoire. Mr. Shirley’s vision provides the mission for the George Shirley Vocal Competition.

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Applications are Open!

We are now accepting applications for the 2019 George Shirley Vocal Competition (May 17-19)! We invite singers of all races and ethnicities to dive into the richness of African American classical repertoire in all its forms, including spirituals, art songs, and opera arias. In our effort to continue this genre of music, we also encourage […]

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The message delivered by song implants itself in the psyche of the hearer in ways that are unique and profound. As singers we must respect the power granted to us by the Intelligence that created life and purpose it for higher goals than that of mere entertainment.

-George Shirley