Montclair State Partners with Opera New Jersey to Present Third Annual Curtain Call Award

Applications to participate are available to high school students - Deadline to apply: April 1

Last year's Curtain Call Award winners.

Montclair State University’s Department of Communication Studies and Opera New Jersey will cohost the third annual Curtain Call Award vocal competition.  The finals will take place in the Jed Leshowitz Recital Hall in the John A. Cali School of Music on the University Campus at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 3.  The Curtain Call Award was created in 2010 by the Department of Communication Studies’ Public Relations students at Montclair State to provide a showcase for talented high school students who enjoy singing opera.  

“The Curtain Call Award is a perfect fit for Opera New Jersey, which is strongly committed to youth education by engaging children in the world of opera,” explained Opera New Jersey General Director Richard Russell on the purpose of the talent competition.  “Our hope is to be a long term partner with Montclair State University in this event and help young singers realize their music dreams.”

Each of the five finalists will receive private coaching from the Director of Opera New Jersey's Victoria J. Mastrobuono Emerging Artists Program prior to the finals. They will also be invited to audit master classes with industry experts held as part of Opera New Jersey's 2012 Summer Season in June and July. In addition, the event winner will be invited to sing in a master class and will be provided with additional performance opportunities as part of Opera New Jersey's Summer Season.

Third Annual Curtain Call Accepting Submissions

Students are to complete and submit an application that may be downloaded from here:

Include the following with your application:

  • A letter of recommendation
  • A CD or DVD video recording of one aria

The package should be mailed to:

  • Curtain Call Award, Montclair State University, Department of Communication Studies, Life Hall, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, N.J.  07043

Judges from Opera New Jersey and Montclair State’s John J. Cali School of Music will select the top five finalists who will be announced on May 4, 2012.  Singers selected as finalists will perform two arias during the final competition on June 3.  For questions, e-mail, or Larry Weiner, coordinator of Public Relations for Montclair State's College of the Arts, at  

About Montclair State University

Montclair State University celebrated its centennial in 2008 and was recently named “Best Public University in NJ” and 17th nationally by Forbes Magazine.  Its Communication Studies Department, which will help promote the Curtain Call Awards, won the 2006 United States Postal Service Executive Public Relations Challenge competition, performed public relations for 2006 and 2007 Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year, Lorena Ochoa, the fifth annual Andy Kaufman Award in 2010, Hackensack University Medical Cancer Center, and Autism NJ.   

About Opera New Jersey

Opera New Jersey is the Garden State's largest and busiest opera company. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2012, Opera New Jersey presents a summer season of fully staged opera at Princeton's McCarter Theatre in July, with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra as its official orchestra. In addition, the company performs one opera in February in collaboration with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra in Princeton and at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, in partnership with NJPAC. Three times awarded a Citation of Excellence by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Opera New Jersey has become known for the highly artistic quality of its productions. Opera News has called Opera New Jersey one of the Garden State's most enticing summer offerings.

In addition to its main-stage offerings, the company brings its "Interact with Classics" education programs to schools throughout the state. Opera New Jersey presents outreach programs to a diverse community and also performs free concerts in venues throughout New Jersey.

Opera New Jersey is funded in part by grants provided by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Edward T. Cone Foundation and other foundations, corporations and individuals. For more information, visit

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