3 ways to submit application for submission:

  1. Snail Mail: Make a check or money order payable in the amount of $40 to Videmus (memo line: GS competition) and send to:

    VIDEMUS | ATTN: Louise Toppin
    4710 Regency Drive | Durham, NC 27713
  2. To E-mail: After completing the form, save the file as YOUR NAME (i.e. Smith_John.pdf) and e-mail it to
  3. Pay Online:

    Pay Online Here

About the Competition

To learn more about the George Shirley Vocal Competition, view the video below.

2015 George Shirley Competition


Owl ImagePrentiss Mouton
First Prize Winner ($2,500)
The Willis Patterson Art Song Prize ($1,000)
Louisiana State University
Owl ImageAaron Casey
Second Prize Winner ($2,000)
University of Houston
Owl ImageChristabel Nunoo
Third Prize Winner ($1,500)
University of Michigan
Owl ImageKaswanna Kanyinda
Fourth Prize Winner ($1,250)
The Robert Sims Spiritual Prize ($1,000)
University of Michigan
Owl ImageDorian Dillard
Fifth Prize Winner ($1,000)
Claflin University

High School

Owl ImageKynadi Echols
First Prize Winner ($1,000)
Grosse Pointe North High School
Owl ImageBlaire Windom
Second Prize Winner ($750)
The Charsie Sawyer Women Composers Prize ($250)
The Detroit School for the Arts
Owl ImageAnthony Anderson
Third Prize Winner ( $500)
Duke Ellington School for the Arts
Owl ImageZhne Taylor-Watson
Fourth Prize Winner ($250)
Duke Ellington School for the Arts
Owl ImageDessme Wharton
Fifth Prize Winner ($200)
Duke Ellington School for the Arts

Additional Competitions

The Negro Spiritual Foundation Southeast Regional Competition

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The National Association of Negro Musicians (NANM)

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Artwork courtesy of Gladys Shirley