The cornerstone of the Foundation’s funding priorities is Schmidt Vocal Arts.

SVA helps young singers achieve their potential through quality music education and experiences that include Schmidt Vocal Competition, Schmidt Vocal Institute, Schmidt Vocal Education, and scholarship opportunities for young singers. To learn more about Schmidt Vocal Arts, visit or follow us on



Schmidt Vocal Competition

The Schmidt Vocal Competition has touched the lives of thousands of young students over the past two decades. High school sophomores, juniors, and seniors participate in these one-day events, hosted at 17 locations throughout the United States. Competition days include instructional master classes with some of today’s most renowned professionals. Competition winners earn cash prizes and additional scholarship opportunities.

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Schmidt Vocal Institute

The Schmidt Vocal Institute is a two-week, immersive summer experience that takes place at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. High school singers from around the country enjoy lessons with esteemed professional artists, master classes with world-renowned performers, and dorm living with like-minded musicians.

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Schmidt Vocal Education

Schmidt Vocal Education provides regional and online opportunities for singers to gain exposure to other singers and to gain valuable training from performers and music educators.

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Schmidt Vocal Scholarships

Schmidt Vocal Scholarships offers merit and need-based scholarships to help worthy singers attend their chosen school and provides support and counseling to secure their college financing.

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Schmidt Vocal Arts’ alumni come from almost all 50 states and have attended premier
universities and conservatories. And today, many enjoy successful careers in the arts.

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