Rochester’s Classical Idol Returns for 10th Season

by ROS ~ September 29th, 2015. Filed under: Group Description.

Rochester’s most engaging vocal competition returns for its tenth year in CLASSICAL IDOL, Saturday, April 9, 2016, 7:00 P.M., at Temple B’rith Kodesh, 2131 Elmwood Avenue in Rochester. In this gala event, ten rising stars of the international vocal performance scene demonstrate the expressive power of the human voice through polished renditions of the most moving classics of opera, art song and oratorio. Their
thrilling performances mark careers in the making as distinguished judges offer constructive commentary in real-time. Cash awards and concert appearances go to the top performers. Audience members sample elegant refreshments in a cabaret setting, then submit their ballots for the Audience Favorite cash award. Tickets are available through the ROS Office, 585.473.2234 or online at


Widely recognized as an essential career step for vocalists pursuing professional performance at the top levels, Classical Idol provides the opportunity for young artists to compete before a live audience and  receive real-time commentary from established authorities in the field. Selected from national and international applicants, twenty vocalists come to Rochester for the semi-final round of the competition,
held at Asbury First United Methodist Church on April 8. Panelists choose ten contestants to advance to the final round on April 9.

The 2016 Idol panelists include Metropolitan Opera star soprano and professional vocal performance coach, ERIE MILLS, and international performing artist, Vocal Program Director and Associate Professor of Vocal Performance at Roberts Wesleyan College, CONSTANCE FEE, and ERIC TOWNELL, Artistic Director for the Oratorio Society and for Rochester Lyric Opera. BRENDA TREMBLAY, Morning Drive Host/Producer
for Classical 91.5 FM, emcees the event.

Rochester’s Classical Idol is one highlight of the 70th season of the Rochester Oratorio Society, the region’s leading large choral ensemble. Information on the ROS and on Classical Idol is at Tickets to the final round ($75) are available at For more information, contact the Rochester Oratorio Society at (585) 473-2234 or e-mail

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