CAPA is thrilled to announce our 1st Annual Vocal Competition.  We are now accepting applications for the 2018 Vocal Competition which will be held at Armstrong Chapel on Sunday, April 22, 2018.  The competition will start at 2pm and winners will be announced by 6pm that day.

The competition is open to students in grades 9 – 12 from the Greater Cincinnati area. 

The application deadline has passed.  If you submitted an application you have been sent your competition time and detailed info for the competition. Please email if you have any questions. 

CAPA Vocal Competition Schedule & Info

  • The competition will begin at 2pm on April 22nd. Directions to Armstrong Chapel are below.
  • Each student will have a 7 min time slot.  There will be a timer present and will call “time” in the unlikely situation that your songs go over time.  
  • Students should plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled performance time.  There will be two warm up rooms available.  
  • Once you arrive at Armstrong, please be sure to check in.  Signs will be posted around the building leading you do the check in table. 
  • You will not have the opportunity to rehearse with the pianist in advance of the competition.
  • All songs must be memorized.
  • Singers will need to provide one (1) copy of printed music for the accompanist that is clear and easy to read for each of their songs. Please make sure that your music is complete and not missing the bass clef.  The printed music should be in a binder, double sided and well marked. It is not necessary to send your music in advance of the competition. It should be brought with you the day of the competition.
  • If there are changes in your repertoire on the day of the competition, you will be asked to announce the changes before you sing.  
  • There is no hard and fast rule regarding dress. We recommend you wear your “Sunday Best”. Dresses should be an appropriate length for stage.  If you are wearing high heels, make sure that you can walk in them.  Keep in mind that your appearance will make an impression on the judges.
  • Enter the stage with authority, give your music to the pianist, and move to the crook or the bend of the piano.  Smile and then announce your name and your first selection.  Please do not announce where you are from, your age, or your year in school.  There will be no applause so you will not need to bow.
  • There will be three professional adjudicators.  Singers are adjudged on beauty of voice, technical skill, musicality, accuracy, communication of text, diction, and presentation.
  • All events are free and open to the public. We encourage parents, siblings, teachers, and other family members to come and watch the entire day. We do ask the audience to refrain from applause after your performance so it is not necessary to bow.  This is a wonderful opportunity to learn from and support other students.  
  • Winners will be announced at the award ceremony end of the competition once the judges have tallied their scores and chosen the winners.  We ask that you stay for the award ceremony if you are available, but it is not required.  If you are a winner and are not at the ceremony, your award will be mailed to you. 
  • Directions to Armstrong Chapel:
    5125 Drake Road (Large Red Brick Building)
    Cincinnati, OH 45243
    The competition will be held in the main sanctuary.  Parking is available on the side and back building.  There are several entrances that will be open, please follow the signs to the check in area.  

Competition Requirements

  • Performance of two memorized selections; one musical theatre selection and another of contrasting style: Classical, Pop, Gospel, Jazz or original composition.  
  • Accompanist is provided at no cost to the applicant.  Applicant is responsible for bringing readable and clearly marked music for the accompanist to use. You are welcome to bring your own accompanist if you so wish. 

Time, Date and Place of Competition

  • April 22, 2018 – 2pm-5pm – (Winners will be announced at the end of the competition.)
  • Armstrong Chapel United Methodist Church (
  • Applicants will be notified by email of audition times, no later than Friday, April 13th.


  • First Place……………………………………$500
  • Second Place……………………………….$250
  • Third Place…………………………………..$100
  • Rising Star Awards…………………………$50
  • One CAPA Vocal Scholarship will be awarded to one student for a year of voice lessons with a CAPA Instructor.  This prize is worth over $800.

Vocal Competition Flyer

The application deadline has passed.  If you submitted an application you have been sent your competition time and detailed info for the competition. Please email if you have any questions. 

2018 Competition Judges

Dr. Audrey Walstrom is a voice pathologist at the Blaine Block Institute for Voice Analysis & Rehabilitation in Dayton, OH. In addition to recently completing studies in Speech-Language Pathology at Miami University (2017), she has enjoyed a diverse career as a performing artist and voice teacher. She has appeared in principal roles with Cincinnati Opera, Dayton Opera, and Santa Fe Opera and as mezzo-soprano soloist with Bach Society of Dayton, Louisville Choral Arts Society, Cincinnati Bach Ensemble, Collegium Cincinnati, Bourbon Baroque, Vocal Arts Ensemble, concert:nova, and others. Dr. Walstrom was a National Semi-Finalist in the 2011 Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions. She studied voice performance at Rice University (B.M. & B.A., 2007) and University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (M.M., 2009; D.M.A., 2013). She has taught voice at the University of Louisville, Wittenberg University, and Northern Kentucky University.

Dr. Walstrom’s professional and research interests include the singing voice and how to improve collaboration between singing teachers and clinical voice pathologists. She presented original interdisciplinary research at 2017 meetings of the Ohio Speech-Language Hearing Association and The Voice Foundation in support of her master’s thesis, which examined differences in how singing teachers and voice pathologists perceive and describe disordered speaking voices. Dr. Walstrom continues to regularly perform professionally in the Cincinnati area.

Maggie Perrino is the Theatre Director for The Carnegie in Covington, KY as well as a theatre and dance professional with 25 years of training and performing experience. Maggie has previously worked as the Educational Events Coordinator for The Educational Theatre Association, Theatre Program head for Notre Dame Academy in Park Hills, KY and has taught dance in various locales across the country and across the globe. She regularly directs and choreographs for many Cincinnati theaters and schools, such as Cincinnati Landmark Productions, New Edgecliff Theatre, Falcon Theatre, Thomas More College, and Walnut Hills High School. She holds a Bachelor’s from Miami University in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in community arts programming and a Master’s in Teaching Theatre from Thomas More College. She is the Vice President of The League of Cincinnati Theatres and was selected in January of 2018 to be part of WCPO’s Next Nine, a program identifying rising stars in the region’s arts and entertainment field.


Internationally acclaimed Baritone José Rubio has quickly established himself performing at major and regional venues across the country. Mr. Rubio’s recent engagements have included company debuts with Asheville Lyric Opera singing Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Skagit Opera singing Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte, as well as debuts with the Rogue Valley Symphony and the Evansville Philharmonic as the Bass Soloist in Handel’s Messiah. Internationally he was seen on tour in China with the ISING! Internatioal Festival in 2014. Other engagements have included a return to Portland Opera singing Morales in Carmen, a reprisal of Le Mari in Les Mamelles de Tiresias with Brava! Opera Theater, Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia with Vespertine Opera, the title role in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Tacoma Opera, and as the Baritone Soloist in Carmina Burana in Seattle with the Spectrum Dance Theater. In past seasons was seen with Cincinnati Opera in Galileo Galilei, Guglielmo in Così fan Tutte for Tacoma Opera, Bob and Ben in The Old Maid and the Theif, and The Telephone with Brava! Opera Theater, Marcello in La Bohème and Le Mari in the US premiere of the Benjamin Britten adaptation of Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tiresias with Vespertine Opera, and Portland Opera for the West Coast Premiere of Galileo Galilei, by Philip Glass. He also made his New York City operatic debut to great acclaim in Angel of the Amazon by Evan Mack, a world premiere production with Encompass Opera.

He received his Artist Diploma and Master’s degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and holds a Bachelor’s from the University of Washington. José Rubio is a three time alumnus of the prestigious Music Academy of the West summer festival where he worked closely with Marilyn Horne, Warren Jones, and music staff from the San Francisco and Metropolitan Opera. He has also spent three summers in Italy performing and studying language at the Opera Theater and Music Festival of Lucca. Mr. Rubio has been a two time winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Competition.

Mr. Rubio is excited and very proud to have been involved in contemporary operas that have produced original recordings. He is featured in two of Philip Glass’s operas that were recorded on the Orange Mountain Music label: Orpheé and Galileo Galilei. He can also be heard on Albany Records’ world premiere recording of Evan Mack’s American Opera, Angel of the Amazon.