The National Society of Arts and Letters offers annual competitions for young artists. These include the Annual Awards Competition (which rotates among Drama, Musical Theater, Dance, and Instrumental Music) and the Dorothy Lincoln Smith Classical Voice Competition. There are also scholarships in art, voice, and creative writing. For more information about our 2019 Competition and Scholarship winners, click here.
Mezzo-soprano Michaela Wolz won the National First Place Award, and the top prize of $5,000, in the Dorothy Lincoln Smith Classical Voice Competition. She is also the Chapter Co-Winner and recipient of a $250 Chapter award. She was also recently named one of five Grand Prize Winners at the Metropolitan Opera National Auditions in New York City.
Actor Abraham Shaw, the First Place Winner in the Chapter Drama competition, was awarded Second Place in the National Competition. He received a National Award of $12,000 and a Chapter Award of $2,000.
"Theater has always been an outlet for me to create an understanding of other perspectives
-- Abraham Shaw, interviewed in
St. Louis Magazine
Baritone Armando Contreras was named Chapter Co-Winner, and received a $250 Chapter award. He has won a number of awards, including Washington National Opera Young Artist Program Finalist and Encouragement Award District Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2019.
Actor Cameron O’Neil was named Second Place Winner in the Chapter Drama competition, and received a prize of $1,000.
"[Acting] allows me to be myself through a different person. It’s like this is me, but this also isn’t me–that’s what’s fun about it."
--Cameron O'Neil, interviewed in St. Louis Magazine
Since 1944, the National Society of Arts and Letters (NSAL) has recognized and encouraged young artists by sponsoring competitions and scholarships. They offer significant monetary awards of up to $12,000, and the opportunity to be judged by nationally-known professionals in each field. The NSAL competitions include the National Annual Awards Competition, which rotates each year between Drama, Musical Theater, Dance, or Instrumental Music. The Dorothy Lincoln Smith Classical Voice Competition is designed for emerging professionals in a highly competitive field. The Naomi Rabb Winston Scholarship in Two-Dimensional Art and the Shirley Rabb Winston Scholarship in Classical Voice support the training of young artists. NSAL scholarships support summer intensive study at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The CalArts Scholarship supports study at the California Institute of the Arts, and the NSAL Young Writers' Fund supports study at the Iowa Young Writers' Studio. The Saint Louis Chapter of NSAL also offers Artist Support grants of up to $1,000.
For more information, including age eligibility and application deadlines, click on the links above.