The vocal competition has been recognized as a prestigious musical event, judged by a distinguished national panel of vocal professionals.
The scope of talent in the competition has risen steadily since its inception both nationally and internationally and the applicants represent many different states, education institutions and points in their careers. The prize money has more than doubled over the years, which adds to the attraction of quality singers.
A unique feature of the competition — it’s free to the participants.
“There should be no charge to singers who want to compete,” competition founder Nicholas Loren said. "I was blessed to be able to fulfill all my dreams as an opera singer and am totally devoted today to helping others do the same. I began this competition as a way to pay forward my own good fortune and I’m thrilled that the competition has proved to be so successful in such a short time.”
Loren, a New York native, is a retired international opera singer who resides and operates his private vocal studio in Holland. His studio currently boasts more than 130 students of all ages, including dozens of area voice instructors and choral directors who seek to improve their own singing and teaching skills.
Loren sang more than 45 leading roles over a 35-year career, and was heralded by critics on several continents.
The Holland Chorale is a 70-member auditioned ensemble that performs fine choral music with the goal of educating, inspiring and enriching the lives of those in West Michigan.
For more information, including how to get tickets for the Nicholas Loren Showcase Concert, visit www.hollandchorale.org.