Sullivan Audition Judges
are distinguished artists
and professionals, including,
among many others:
- Susanne Mentzer
- Charles MacKay
- Anthony Fogg
- Christine Brewer
- Craig Rutenberg
- Richard Gaddes
- John Moriarty
- George Shirley
- Evans Mirageas
- Bruce Donnell
How to Apply
The Foundation seeks exceptionally talented young singers who are still taking early steps, but in the judgment of the screening panel show promise for significant careers.
2014 SULLIVAN FOUNDATION AUDITIONS will be held in New York City on October 19th and 20th. Several winners will receive SULLIVAN AWARDS of at least $10,000, which may be used for any career-related expenses. Winners then receive additional ROLE PREPARATION GRANTS for the next five years, to support musical, dramatic, vocal and language preparation for engagements for new roles, or for existing roles in new languages.
Applicants must have completed their academic training. They should have sung at least one engagement with a known opera company, orchestra, or other organization using full orchestral accompaniment, and must submit a copy of a contract or letter of intent for an upcoming professional engagement with full orchestra (not a cover) after the auditions. Singers enrolled in full-year Young Artist Programs may be chosen to audition for Sullivan awards; if they are winners, their eligibility for Role Preparation Grants can be deferred until they have graduated from those programs.
A complete online application must be submitted by midnight (PST) on September 5, 2014. The application must include the following:
- A one-page chronological resume (additional pages will be discarded)
- An 8x10 photo
- A letter of endorsement written specifically in regard to this Sullivan application by a music professional (other than a current or former teacher or manager) who is well acquainted with the singer’s qualifications and - ideally - has engaged him or her as a performer. The applicant must supply the name, title and email address of the endorser who will submit the letter to the Foundation on the applicant’s behalf on or before September 5. This letter must be in doc, docx or pdf format. (If you, the applicant, will be submitting the letter yourself, please enter your own email address in the field provided instead of the endorser’s.)
- A copy of a contract or letter of intent for an upcoming engagement with full orchestra which will be the basis for the first Role Preparation Grant. We cannot accept cover contracts.
Applications will not be reviewed until after the deadline. Online applications may be edited and amended until that date. Only complete applications will be reviewed by the screening panel.
Submission of an application does not guarantee an audition. A screening panel will evaluate all applications, and singers who are chosen to audition will be notified later regarding the place and time of auditions. There are no callbacks or finals.