The Edward M. Murray International Competition of Voice

International Voice Competition in Ithaca

Sunday, March 1, 2020 1pm-5pm



Community School of Music & Arts

Hamblin Hall, 3rd Floor

330 East State Street, Ithaca


Opera Ithaca announces the third annual Edward M. Murray International Competition of Voice to recognize outstanding emerging singers in the operatic field as well as pay homage to the lifetime achievement of the late Maestro Edward M. Murray who served twenty-five years as the director of the Cornell Symphony Orchestra and over twenty years as the music director of the former Ithaca Opera Association. Finals will be held in Ithaca on Sunday, March 1st, 2020. Fifteen finalists will be invited to Ithaca to compete before an audience and a distinguished panel of judges from the operatic field.

Thank you to all who applied for the 2020 Edward M. Murray International Competition of Voice and the 2020-2021 Opera Ithaca Apprentice Artist Program. The application process is now closed. Please check back in fall 2020 for next season's competition and Apprentice Artist Program auditions.



  • Prizes will include contracts with Opera Ithaca in the 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 Seasons.


Travel to Ithaca for Finals March 1st


  • Driving from NYC takes approximately four hours. There are several bus lines that service Ithaca including Coach USA, Greyhound, Red Bullet and Cornell University's private bus service. Ithaca Airport is the closest airport followed by Elmira Corning Airport, Syracuse Airport and Rochester Airport. 


Lodging in Ithaca for Finals, March 1st


  • There are some great lodging finds in the area whether you are looking for a bed and breakfast, AirBnB or a hotel. We suggest searching, or in addition to larger search engines like and to find something exactly right for you. 


Repertoire Requirements for Finals


  • A minimum of four arias and a maximum of eight


2020 Competition

Judges for Finals March 1st, 2020

Ben Robinson, Artistic Director, Opera Ithaca

Lynn Craver, Director of the Apprentice Artist Program, Opera Ithaca

Susan Eichhorn Young, Soprano, Actor, Writer, Speaker, Voice Teacher, and Speaking Coach

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