Butler University Vocal Competition

BUVC 2024 registration has closed.

The Butler University Vocal Competition (BUVC) encourages excellence in solo vocal performance. It is an opportunity for high school singers to learn through master classes and workshops with Butler faculty and guest clinicians and to connect with college students pursuing music careers. The BUVC consists of an online first round followed by a live Semi-Finals and Finals event on the campus of Butler University.

Important Dates

  • Wednesday, November 1, 2023: Registration opens
  • Sunday, January 14, 2024: Round 1 videos due by 10:00 PM Eastern Time
  • Monday, January 29, 2024: Online Round 1 Semi-finalists announced
  • Tuesday, January 30 – Friday, February 9: Sample lessons for semi-finalists with Butler University voice faculty
  • Monday, February 5: Repertoire forms submissions due
  • Saturday, February 10, 2024: Live, in-person event with Semi-Finals and Finals rounds plus workshops, a recital, and more! See Live Event Details below.


  • First Place: $500
  • Second Place: $400
  • Third Place: $300
  • IDEA Award: $200, see full award description below
  • Encouragement Award for 9th or 10th grader: $100


The Butler University Vocal Competition is open to high school singers in 9th through 12th grade. U.S. citizens or green card holders are eligible to receive prize money. Winners will be required to fill out a W-9 form and provide a social security number to receive prize money. International students are welcome to participate in the full event for comments, but eligibility for prize money will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For questions about international participation, contact music@butler.edu.


A $50 registration fee is required to register for the event. There are no additional charges for master classes, workshops, or other event activities. The registration fee is not refundable. We aim to make the competition accessible to all interested singers so if the registration fee is prohibitive, please contact Dr. Zenobi directly (dzenobi@butler.edu).