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One of the Mendelssohn Club's main contributions to furthering vocal music is the annual vocal award competition, named for the late Joel Dolven, who conducted the Mendelssohn Club from 1952-1967. Each year, the Club provides cash awards to young male and female vocalists to encourage their study.

The Club offers up to four awards, one in each of three categories: Novice Division, for students aged 16 through 18; Intermediate Division, for students aged 19 through 22; Advanced Division, for students aged 23 through 29; plus the Joy B. Misenhimer Encouragement Award, open to any student in the competition who demonstrates outstanding singing potential. Award winners also receive two tickets to our Spring Concert, where they are recognized and their awards handed out. In addition to the awards, students gain valuable experience through participation in the audition recital. Some past winners have even appeared as soloists with the Club.

Contestants sing two selections. One of the selections should be from the concert, lieder, opera, or art song repertory. There is no language or memorization requirement, although memorization is strongly recommended. Contestants are encouraged to invite guests to attend the audition.

The Club hires two judges who are professional musicians and have extensive experience in the evaluation of vocal skill and musicianship.

This year's competition will take place at New Covenant Presbyterian Church, 916 Western Avenue, Albany, NY on Saturday, March 23, 2013 starting at 9 AM.

Applications may be submitted either by email or by postal mail. For inquiries, email , or use the contact information in the application, or write to:

Mendelssohn Club of Albany
P.O. Box 8715
Albany, NY 12208

Past Competitions

Results of 2012 Competition

The 2012 competition was held at the New Covenant Presbyterian Church, 916 Western Avenue, Albany, on Saturday, March 24, 2012. There were eleven singers in the Novice division, six in the Intermediate division, and one in the Advanced division. The judges this year were Lucille Beer and John Cox.

The winner of the Novice Division was Rebecca Rogers of Salem, NY, a student of Nancy Jo Davidsen. Rebecca sang Deh Contentavi by Giacomo Carissimi and For You There is No Song by Leslie Adams.

The winner of the Intermediate Division was Lindsay McCandless, a student of Susan Harwood at the College of St. Rose. Lindsay sang Care Selve by Handel and Love Went A-Riding by Frank Bridge.

Jack Mallory, a student of Anne Turner at Skidmore College, won the Misenhimer Award. Jack sang Un'aura amorosa by Mozart and Meine Leider by Brahms.

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