PRESENTING THE FIRST

Veronica Dunne Bursary for Young Irish Singers

A new opportunity to nurture and develop vocal talent through personalised funded coaching packages

€15,000 Bursary Fund 

The Friends of the Vocal Arts is delighted to introduce the Veronica Dunne Bursary for Young Irish Singers, a new funding and mentoring initiative to develop Irish singing talent. With an overall fund of €15,000, the distribution of these awards will reflect the jury’s assessment of each recipient’s needs. On the basis of performance and interview, the experienced judging panel will devise a bespoke career plan for the successful singers. These personalised pathways could contribute to their development through such intensive work as musical or language coachings/ stagecraft classes and masterclasses.


WHEN

7th–8th November 2020

On Saturday, November 7th, up to 30 singers will perform 2 arias each. On Sunday, November 8th, 10 finalists will have interviews with the jury followed by a performance of 2 arias.


WHERE

Dublin, Ireland

Performances will take place in person at the Whaley Room, Museum of Literature Ireland, St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2


DEADLINE

Apply by 24th October 2020

Apply online by Saturday 24th October at 11.59pm – late applications will not be accepted

Rules

BURSARY ELIGIBILITY

The Bursary is open to Irish singers, born on or after February 1st 1989, living in Ireland or abroad and also singers of any nationality who are resident or studying in Ireland. Read the rules before you apply.

Read the rules

Our Jury members

MEET THE 2020 BURSARY JURY

We are proud to introduce our distinguished Jury members.

Tara Erraught

IRISH MEZZO SOPRANO

Mark Shanahan

CONDUCTOR & HEAD OF MUSIC, NATIONAL OPERA STUDIO LONDON

Tobias Truniger

DIRECTOR, OPERA STUDIO,
BAVARIAN STATE OPERA

Applications are open

DEADLINE: SATURDAY 24TH OCTOBER AT 11.59PM

Applications must include an up to date video recording of 2 contrasting arias, a CV and a reference from a professional musician. Singers will be selected from this application process to compete for the bursaries.

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