Marco Nunez, 2015 Competition Winner

The competition is open to any student who meets one of the following two (2) criteria:

  1. Has attained at least the level of rising sophomore and is currently enrolled at a North Carolina college/university* in an undergraduate or graduate degree program; or
  2. Any graduate – within last two years – of a North Carolina college/university with a bachelor’s or graduate degree. The student must be no more than 30 years of age at time of competition.

*North Carolina colleges/universities that are accredited by the SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools).

  • All finalists competing in the final round must provide an accompanist for the competition. Both the applicant and the accompanist must be available to travel to Boone, NC for the final round of competition, should they be selected as one of the finalists for the competition.
  • A First Place Winner from a previous Rosen-Schaffel Competition is not eligible to return for future competitions.
  • Prize Award eligibility is conditional upon authorization for employment in the United States, or otherwise eligible to receive payment under state and federal laws.

Application Procedures & Required Documents

The application window for the 2020 Competition will open in February 2020! APPLICATION FORM

If you have trouble accessing the Application, please contact Laura Kaufman at
rosen-schaffelcompetition@appstate.edu  or call (828) 262-6084×101.

Application Materials:

Note: All materials listed below must be submitted as part of online application.

  • Audio recording of the selection to be performed in the competition (mp3). Please name file with First and Last Name. Audio recordings only; no videos, please.
  • Please note that for the preliminary round, recordings will be shared with jurors for a blind adjudication process; therefore, recordings must be anonymous to help protect the objectivity of the judging process. Submissions that identify the applicant in the audio recording will be disqualified.
  • One high resolution digital headshot suitable for publication (300 dpi resolution). Please name file with First and Last name.
  • A brief biography of the contestant (approximately 300 words)
  • Faculty Statement of Eligibility  (signed by primary performance area instructor)

Repertoire Requirements for Application:

  • The repertoire must be complete works, including concerto movements or other multi-movement works, totaling a minimum of 15 minutes of music; however, a single movement of a major concerto may be presented, as long as it meets the minimum time requirement of 15 minutes. Cuts of accompaniment material are acceptable.
    • Instrumentalists should submit concertos or other comparable works for soloist and orchestra.
    • Vocalists should submit two arias or other comparable works for voice and orchestra. Vocalists may add additional repertoire to reach the 15 minute minimum audition time limit.
    • Please note that multi-movement works (or multiple works for vocalists) must be combined into one audio file (mp3).

Repertoire Requirements for Live Performance:

  • Contestants must perform the same repertoire as submitted with the application.
  • Repertoire must be memorized.
  • The final live round of the competition is a public event on July 2, 2020, in which contestants will be allowed to perform for approximately 15-20 minutes (maximum time allowed is 20 minutes). If the complete work exceeds 20 minutes, contestants may select single movements for the live performance.

Application Deadline: April 10, 2020

Applications and application materials MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE by Wednesday, April 10, 2020.