Annual Scholarly Paper Competition

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Annual Scholarly Paper Competition

The National Opera Association is delighted to inform you that they are finally launching its Thirty-Seventh Scholarly Papers Competition, 2021, for outstanding scholarly papers on operatic subjects. The following competition is open to any interested author or writer who would wanna come forward and participate. No membership in NOA is required to participate. Entry to the competition is completely free, which means there is no application fee required for the competition. Previous winners of this competition are not allowed to re-apply in the competition but are strongly encouraged to submit articles for consideration to The Opera Journal, an NOA publication.

The following competition asks applicants to submit a scholarly paper that should explore an operatic subject, present significant research, and conclusions, and include an extensive bibliography citing primary, secondary, and, if applicable, tertiary sources. The scholarly paper must be no more than 3000 words in length. The candidate with the best paper will be considered the winner of the competition. The winner will be invited to read her/his paper during the Scholarly Papers Session at NOA’s National Conference in January 2022 in St. Augustine, FL. The Leland Fox Scholarly Paper Stipend of $500 will be awarded to the reader of a winning paper at the national conference. The winning paper will also be published in The Opera Journal. Copies of papers not selected, accompanied by the committee’s critiques, will be forwarded to the editor of the journal for possible consideration for publication.

The National Opera Association promotes excellence in opera education and pedagogy through its support of a diverse community of opera educators and professionals. Opera directors, conductors, librettists, composers, vocal coaches, voice teachers, scholars, administrators, other professionals, and enthusiasts involved in the training and mentoring of young singers in college, university, and conservatory opera programs as well as community-based and small professional opera companies and young artist programs.

Brief Description

Following is the brief description of the following scholarship:

OrganizationNational Opera Association
Education LevelAll
SubjectsAll
Amount$500
Access ModeOnline
Number of Awards1
CityAny
NationalityDomestic
CountryUSA
Contest DeadlineOctober 15, 2021
Application FeesNot required
RequirementsScholarly paper

Who is Eligible?

Following are the eligibility requirements for the following scholarship contest:

  • The competition is open to any interested author. Membership in NOA is not required.
  • Previous winners of this competition may not re-apply but are strongly encouraged to submit articles for consideration to The Opera Journal, an NOA publication.

How to Apply?

The interested individuals are required to submit the scholarly paper which should explore an operatic subject, present significant research, and conclusions, and include an extensive bibliography citing primary, secondary, and, if applicable, tertiary sources. Authors should follow these guidelines:

  • The paper must be no more than 3000 words in length.
  • The paper’s title, the name of its author, address, telephone, email information, and 100-word biography should be provided on the application form in a separate attachment.  Please note: committee members reading papers do not see identifying information, and bios are held for use in the conference program if the paper is selected.
  • The author’s name should not appear on the paper.
  • Only one submission per person is admissible and must be accompanied by a statement confirming that the paper is not under copyright by any party other than the author and that it has not been previously published.
  • Papers previously presented orally are eligible as long as they have not or will not be published in any proceedings.
  • Papers will be judged particularly for significant advances in research and conclusions that shed new light on an operatic topic dealing with music drama, the libretto, the history of the genre, etc.
  • Topics may be as broad as the field of opera itself, which includes historical and theoretical analysis of the music and libretto (along lines of current and past critical theory and translation thereof), singing, acting, costuming, stagecraft, theater, etc.
  • The jury will consider the clarity and quality of the writing, judge the acceptability of the paper for publication in The Opera Journal, and will also rate papers on their overall suitability to be read in an abridged version of no more than twenty minutes long at the convention’s Scholarly Papers Session.

Papers must be submitted electronically in Word or a PDF file.  Send a completed application form (available as a Word document or fillable PDF) along with the paper to:

Caroline Schiller, NOA Research Committee Chairperson

Benefits

The winner will be invited to read her/his paper during the Scholarly Papers Session at NOA’s  National Conference in January 2022 in St. Augustine, FL. The Leland Fox Scholarly Paper Stipend of $500 will be awarded to the reader of a winning paper at the national conference. Also, the winning paper will be published in The Opera Journal.

Copies of papers not selected, accompanied by the committee’s critiques, will be forwarded to the editor of the journal for possible consideration for publication.

Application Deadline

The deadline for the application submission for the following contest is October 15, 2021. No applications will be considered after this date.

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