10th Anniversary American International Czech and Slovak Voice Competition returns to UW-Green Bay Oct 14-16

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 5, 2022                  

Green Bay, Wis.The Sharon Resch Institute of Music at UW-Green Bay welcomes The American International Czech and Slovak Voice Competition for its 10th anniversary at The Weidner on Oct. 14-16, 2022. This one-of-a-kind event promotes Czech and Slovak vocal repertoire to young classical singers, as well as raises awareness of the unique and culturally rich heritage of the music and the region. The event is free to attend and open to the public.

The competition is open to singers from around the world. It will take place in three rounds over three days (Oct. 14, 15 and 16) in Fort Howard Hall at The Weidner.

  • Preliminaries – Friday, Oct. 14, 2022 | 10 am
  • Semi-finals – Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022 | 10 am
  • Finals – Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022 | 10 am
  • Finale Concert – Sunday, October 16, 2022 | 2 pm

The competition closes with a 10th Anniversary concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, in Fort Howard Hall of The Weidner featuring the three top winners of the competition, The Weidner Philharmonic String Quartet and guest artists, Grace Kahl, soprano, Mathew Markham, baritone, Courtney Sherman, soprano, Timothy Cheek, pianist. Admission to the concert is free.

Contestants are vying to win $15,000 in prize money and perform in front of an international panel of esteemed judges including musicians, vocalists, teachers, conductors and opera directors.

Founded in 2003 by UW-Green Bay professor emeritus Sarah Meredith-Livingston, this biennial competition is made possible through the dedication and support of producer Sharon Chmel Resch, and The Sharon Resch Foundation.

The competition also has received international recognition. Resch, producer of the voice competition and a former Broadway dancer who is of Czech heritage, was the recipient of the prestigious Trebbia Foundation Award in March 2017, for her work with the competition. The honor included a celebration and dinner at Prague Castle in the Czech Republic, which was televised live on Czech national television.

Please direct all media inquiries to Randall Meder, director of the Sharon Resch Institute of Music, at mederr@uwgb.edu or 920-465-2442.  

About The Weidner

The Weidner at UW-Green Bay is known for its elegant design and the acoustic excellence of its 2,000-seat main hall, Cofrin Family Hall. It also houses two smaller performance spaces, the Fort Howard recital hall and the Jean Weidner Theatre, along with a dance studio and Grand Foyer. The Weidner Center has a distinct benefit in being part of a leading institution of higher learning. The Weidner Center is home for UW-Green Bay Music and Theatre and Dance programs, community events and productions, and performances by visiting artists and touring companies. Beyond the large-scale touring productions that grace the stage, the Weidner Center also focuses on scholastic development, programming and an impactful education series — Stage Doors. For more information visit WeidnerCenter.com and sign-up for The Weidner Wire.


About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Established in 1965, UW-Green Bay is a public institution serving more than 9,800 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students and 95,000 continuing education learners each year. We educate students from pre- college through retirement and offer 200+ degrees, programs and certificates. UW-Green Bay graduates are resilient, inclusive, sustaining and engaged members of their communities, ready to rise to fearlessly face challenges, solve problems and embrace diverse ideas and people. With four campus locations, the University welcomes students from every corner of the world. In 2021, UW-Green Bay was the fastest-growing UW school in Wisconsin. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.



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