Barbara Clague Festival of Song

Who is eligible: VAM voice students aged 18 or under as of January 1, 2023

Application deadline: April 3, 2023

Competition dates: April 22, 2023

To apply: Apply online or download an application form.

VAM is honored to present the 10th Annual Barbara Clague Festival of Song. The outpouring of support from the Clague family, as well as numerous friends wishing to pay tribute to Barbara Clague’s memory, has been both touching and inspiring. The purpose of the Festival is to spotlight talented vocalists – 18 years of age and under – fostering their musical development with $1,200 in total scholarships awarded for 2023/24 VAM tuition.

-Junior: ages 12 and under
-Senior: ages 13-18

Application Deadline: April 3, 2023, 11:59pm
Competition: April 22, 2023, 7:00pm*
*Students will receive notice of their specific time slot following the application deadline.

Eligible students:
– are VAM voice students aged 18 or under as of January 1, 2023
– are not previous winners of the Grand Prize.

One classical, folk, or musical theatre song.

The competition will be adjudicated by a distinguished musician external to VAM.

Competition Rules
-Applications must include a registration fee of $60 made payable to the Vancouver Academy of Music. The application fee includes audio and video recording services provided by VAM; no other audio or video recording is permitted.
-A copy of the music must be submitted to the adjudicator (photocopies permitted).
-All vocalists must perform by memory.
-All applicants are responsible for arranging a pianist.
-The competition phase is open to the public.
-The adjudicator retains the right to withhold any prize if, in their opinion, it is not merited. All decisions made by the adjudicator are final and without appeal.
-By submitting an application, students and their parent/guardian understand that any recording resulting from the competition may be used for VAM promotional purposes.


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