Roxbury vocal competition

The Star Next Door

A Vocal Talent Competition

The Roxbury Arts Alliance is celebrating its 20th anniversary this fall! We want to celebrate by hosting a vocal talent competition. We hope that you will join us by competing; voting on-line for your favorite semi- finalist; or attending the Final Event at which the final 12 contestants will perform live on October 7th at the Investors Bank Theater. Judges for the Final Event are music industry professionals.

Rules for Participation:

  1. DOB:
  • Individual applicants must be 15 years of age by the date of the Final Event, 10/7/17.
  • If selected as a semi-finalist, contestant must show proof of age.
  1. Address:
  • If selected as one of the 20 semi-finalists, contestant must show proof of residence.
  • Applicant must reside in New Jersey, with the exception of Roxbury HS alumni.
  1. Competition Rules:
  • This is a vocal competition. Performance time cap on entry is 5 minutes.
  • Contestant is a single vocalist and can have up to 3 accompanists. Contestant must provide his/her own accompanist(s).
  • Each individual may participate in only 1 entry.
  • Submission must be thematically & content-appropriate for all ages. Any entry that is deemed by RAA and/or the judges to be inappropriate for the event will be disqualified.  Decision by judges is final.
  • The entry that is submitted at the time of application must be the entry that is performed the evening of the Final Event, Oct 7th.
  • No distinction will be made between those contestants who deem themselves to be professional and those who are non-professional.
  • No evaluative consideration will be given to those who perform an original composition.
  1. Timeline:
    • Application period July 1 – Aug 30
    • Top 20 notified – Sept 8
    • Facebook phase Sept 14-23
    • Finalists notified Sept 24
    • Final competition Oct 7

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis from July 1, 2017 – August 30, 2017 and will be limited to approximately the first 100 applications. Please check the website to see if applications are still being accepted before filing.

  • 20 Semi-Finalists -In honor of the 20th  Anniversary of the Roxbury Arts Alliance, 20 entries will be selected by three judges as semi-finalists and their videos will be shared on Facebook. The contestant receiving the most “likes” will have a guaranteed place in the finals and receive the people’s choice contestant award.
    • The 20 semi-finalists will be notified by email on Friday, September 8, 2017 and must provide proof of residence and age at this time.
    • The Facebook voting will take place from Thursday, Sept. 14th through Saturday, Sept. 23rd.
  • 12 Finalists-the 12 finalists will consist of the winner of the Facebook people’s choice contestant award and eleven from the panel of judges. The finalists will be notified by email on Sunday, September 24th  and they will compete on the Final Event on Saturday, Oct 7th at 7 pm.
  1. Contestant Appearance & Decorum.
  • Performers should dress in a professional and appropriate manner.
  1. Awards (Judges for the final competition are music industry professionals.)
  • First Prize: $1,020 Second Prize: $720  Third Prize: $420
  1. Finalist Guidelines
  • Finalists selected to compete in the final event must sign a release form.
  • No comp tickets for guests will be available to the event.

If you  have any questions, please email


    1. Fill out on-line application including a link to your performance.
    2. Submit a $20.00 non-refundable application fee. Click here to Pay
    3. Send an e-mail to <performers.r< strong=””>> with the reference as “Competition and your name”. The body of the email should use the following verbiage and include the following attachments:</performers.r<>
      • Your Photo in jpg format, no larger than 18MB:
      • A Signed waiver form
      • In the body of the email please include the following: I am applying for the The Star Next Door Vocal Competition. Attached you will find my Photo. I confirm that the attached waiver contains my signature and further confirm that I agree to the use of my image and video performance for marketing purposes; I accept the judge’s decision as final.
      • Your name and phone number
  1. Once an application is submitted on-line, including a link to the video performance, a $20 non-refundable application fee is submitted, and an email with a waiver form and a picture is received, your application is considered complete and you will receive a confirmation via e-mail from the RAA.
  2. All communication concerning the RAA Vocal Competition will be done via email. For more information, see our website or email <></>.

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Meet the Judges


Soprano AMY SHOREMOUNT-OBRA made her much-anticipated Metropolitan Opera Debut in October 2014 as

“First Lady” in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, a role which she will reprise at the Met this fall (2017) in the Julie Taymor English version of the opera. Recent operatic engagements have included “Donna Anna” (Don Giovanni) with Opera Las Vegas, The Savannah Voice Festival, and Venture Opera, “Marchesa” (Verdi’s Un Giorno di Regno) with Odyssey Opera of Boston, “Fiordiligi” (Cosi fan tutte ) with Annapolis Opera, and “Leonore” (Beethoven’s Fidelio) with Grand Harmonie. Ms. Shoremount-Obra has appeared at Carnegie Hall three times as the Soprano soloist in Fauré’s Requiem, Brahms’ Requiem, and Schubert’s Mass in G.

She made her David Geffen Hall debut in Lincoln Center with the National Chorale as the Soprano Soloist in Verdi’s Requiem and will appear with them again at the same hall in 2018 performing as the Soprano Soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Vaughan William’s Serenade for Music.

For the 2016-17 season, engagements included an Artist-in-Residency at Lawrence Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin; a concert at Yavapai College in Prescott, AZ with Mezzo-Soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano and Pianist Chris Cano; Nabucco, The Magic Flute and Don Giovanni at The Metropolitan Opera; a new opera premiere by composer Randall Eng as part of Opera America’s New Opera Showcase in New York; Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle with the New Choral Society (NY), and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at SUNY Purchase (NY).

She was a 2004 National Semi-Finalist and NY Regional Winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and holds degrees from Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard School. In 2016, she also cofounded the Hawaii International Music Festival, which is dedicated to bringing interdisciplinary classical music events to the islands. She was also featured as the SoundBite in the May 2016 issue of Opera News and will be featured in a major Hollywood motion picture called “Untouchable” in 2018. She also looks forward to a major role in a world premiere opera in Boston in 2018. (more details to come)


American tenor Kenneth Bryson has garnered much praise for his warm, noble, and classic sound reminiscent of the golden age of opera and song. Mr. Bryson’s strong voice is at home in a variety of genres, including opera, oratorio, and song repertoire.

Mr. Bryson’s many operatic roles include Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor, Macduff in Macbeth, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, and John Adams in The Mother of us All, as well as the title roles in Oedipus Rex and La Clemenza di Tito. He has performed with a number of noteworthy companies, including the New York City Opera (as a Joe cover and associate chorister in La Fanciulla del West), dell’Arte Opera Ensemble (as Tebaldo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi), and the Juilliard Opera Center (as Father Jolivet in the world-premiere performance of Stephen Paulus’ Heloise and Abelard.)

An active soloist and recitalist, with over 100 recitals to his credit, Mr. Bryson has given numerous performances in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. He has also appeared as a guest soloist in Italy with the Pennsylvania Academy of Music. Additionally, Mr. Bryson is the founder of Singing for a Cure, a vocal music concert series whose proceeds have benefited ALS and cancer research and treatment.

Mr. Bryson currently serves as the Director of Choral Activities at Chatham High School as well as maintains a private vocal studio in New Jersey. Formerly Mr. Bryson served as a Director of Music at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Summit, NJ. Mr. Bryson is also a published author whose article “Teaching a Student with Dyslexia” originally in the NATS March 2013 Journal of Singing has received much support and attention from some of the industries leading experts from around the world. He is also a member of The New York Singing Teachers’ Association (NYSTA), National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), NAfME (National Association for Music Education) and ACDA (American Choral Directors Association). In June 2010 Mr. Bryson was selected as one of 12 young educators from across the United States to participate in the highly selective NATS Intern Program. In January 2016 Mr. Bryson’s vocal studio was a featured invited performer with the Performing Arts Educators 10th Anniversary performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Walter Chase

A founding member of a cappella giant Straight No Chaser, Walter Chase is an arranger, music director, producer, engineer, and educator from Brooklyn, NY. Having collaborated with Deke Sharon, Mark Kibble, Steve Lunt and Merv Warren, his arrangements include recorded appearances by Sir Paul McCartney, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Phil Collins, Jason Mraz, Joshua Bell, Seal, Dolly Parton & Kirsten Bell. He is the writer of the holiday classic “The Christmas Can-Can”. Walter is a graduate of Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music (BME ’00).