Our 2019 Lieder/Song vocal competition — presented in Association with the Liederkranz Foundationtion — will be held in late September in New York City. Information for this year's competition, as well as the application form, can be found below. 



Applications must be received no later than July 31, 2019 at 5pm EST.

2019 Competition Dates:

  • Preliminaries: September 4-5, 2019

  • Finals: September 6, 2019

Location: Liederkranz Foundation (LK) 6 East 87th Street New York NY 10128


  • First Prize $ 7,000

  • Second Prize $ 5,000 (Liederkranz Foundation)

  • Third Prize $ 3,000

  • Grants $ 1,000

  • Encouragements $ 500


  • All application PDFs must be submitted with typed responses. (Handwritten applications will not be accepted.)

  • Applicants must be between 20 and 30 years of age to be eligible for the competition

  • 4 Lieder/Songs written for voice and piano must be performed in the original language.

  • No ensemble items are permitted.

  • Winners of first and second prizes from previous years may not re-apply.

  • At least 2 Lieder must be in German one of which must be by Schubert.

  • Repertoire once submitted cannot be changed.

  • Submission of the application does not guarantee an audition or grant.

  • Eligible participants only will be advised of the date & time for the audition by e-mail.

  • Must be available to The Gerda Lissner Foundation:

    • Your respective audition dates, preliminaries and finals from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm.

    • Winners concert in order to receive your award, Friday, November 1, 2019 6:00 pm.

  • An Accompanist will be provided at no cost. (You may provide your own accompanist.)

  • The Gerda Lissner Foundation is not responsible for blocked or undelivered e-mails.

  • No fee to enter the competition.