The Oscar Hammerstein Museum and Theatre Education Center (OHMTEC) has opened registration for the Hammerstein International Youth Solo Contest.
The annual contest is open to vocalists ages 5-23 of all nationalities and centers on celebrating the lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein II. Winners of the contest will receive cash prizes, voice lessons with Broadway teaching artists and an opportunity to perform their winning song at Oscar Hammerstein’s home in Doylestown.
Last year’s inaugural event attracted 238 performers from 28 states and two countries.
The contest serves to educate young musical theater enthusiasts about the influence Oscar Hammerstein II had on the development of the modern Broadway musical as we know it. The contest also raises international awareness of the nonprofit’s mission to save Oscar Hammerstein’s Doylestown home and open the home to the public as a museum.
Plans include building a theater education center on the site of the existing bank barn.
The solo contest is divided into three rounds and five age categories – elementary, middle school, high school, college and a bonus category for residents of Bucks County. All rounds of the competition will be judged by music and theater professionals.
Prizes will be awarded to winners in each category. First-place winners will receive a cash prize, have the opportunity to film their song at Highland Farm and a one-on-one coaching session with a Broadway professional teaching artist.