2nd Annual Bach Competition for Young Artists

January 18, 2020

Colorado Bach Ensemble is proud to announce the second annual Bach competition during the 2019–2020 season for aspiring artists interested in the music of J. S. Bach. This year’s competition is limited to interested VOCALISTS. One First Place Winner and one Runner-Up will be selected by the judges on January 18, 2020 to be featured soloists on one of Bach’s Solo Cantatas at CBE’s final performances in May 2020. In addition to the performance opportunity, the First Place Winner will receive a cash prize of $2,000 and the Runner-Up will receive $1,000. Each will have a chance to perform again with CBE in future seasons at the discretion of the Artistic Director. Please read below for eligibility requirements, audition details, deadlines, and link to the application form below.

Judges on January 18, 2020 will include:

  • James Kim, Artistic Director of Colorado Bach Ensemble
  • Other distinguished Bach performers and specialists TBA

Solo Cantatas to be performed in May 2020 will be selected from the following based on the chosen winners:

  • Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51 (Soprano)
  • Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust , BWV 170 (Alto)
  • Ich armer Mensch, ich Sündenknecht, BWV 55 (Tenor)
  • Ich habe genug , BWV 82 (Bass)


The competition is open to citizens of the United States between the ages of 22 and 30. Participants must provide a copy of identification (i.e. driver’s license or passport) with their application to confirm eligibility. As of January 18, 2020, participants must not yet have reached their 31st birthday. The application must be submitted by mail, postmarked by Saturday, December 14, 2019.

Audition Procedure

Audition Date & Location: Saturday, January 18, 2020 at Bethany Lutheran Church – 4500 E Hampden Ave, Cherry Hills Village, CO  80113


  • The preliminary round will be on Saturday, January 18, 2020 from 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Participants who mailed in their application by the postmark deadline (12/14/19) will be notified of their preliminary round audition time no later than January 6.
  • All applicants must make their own travel arrangements for the auditions.
  • For the preliminaries, applicants will perform one accompanied J.S. Bach aria of their choice (excluding arias from the above mentioned solo cantatas). An accompanist will be provided, but applicants may bring their own accompanist if they wish.
  • Judges will choose finalists to perform in the afternoon from the preliminary round auditions.


  • The chosen finalists will sing on Saturday, January 18, 2020 between 2:00–5:00 p.m. A specific time slot will be announced after the preliminary round.
  • At the finals, each singer will present an aria and recitative movement from the above mentioned solo cantatas of his or her voice part. An accompanist will be provided, but finalists may bring their own accompanist if they wish.

Other Important Details

  • A non-refundable application fee of $50.00 is required with the application. Cash or check (made payable to Colorado Bach Ensemble) is accepted.
  • Applicants must submit a resumé and/or brief biography of no more than 250 words with the application.
  • Colorado Bach Ensemble reserves the right to dismiss any application if it is found to be ineligible or misleading in any way.
  • There will only be live auditions held on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Cherry Hills Village.
  • All applicants must provide at least four copies of their chosen aria for the judges and accompanist.
  • Entry in this competition constitutes the contestant’s authorization to use his or her name, photographs, and biographical information for publicity purposes.
  • Travel expenses will be covered for selected winner if they are from out-of-state.
  • The Winner and Runner-Up must be available for the following dates:

Performance Dates

May 16, 2020 at Hampden Hall at Englewood Civic Center, 4:00 p.m.
Address: 1000 Englewood Pkwy, Englewood, CO 80110

May 17, 2020 at Organ Recital Hall, UCA, 4 pm/2:30 pm sound check
Address: 1400 Remington St. Fort Collins, CO  80524

Additional Rehearsals: May 14, 15, 16 – locations TBD

How To Apply

Download Application

The completed application and all additional materials must be postmarked no later than Saturday, December 14, 2019. 

Applicants will be contacted via email by January 6, 2020, to inform you of your audition time. Please contact Nathan Payant at nathanapayant@gmail.com with questions. Thank you!

All submission materials should be mailed to:

Colorado Bach Ensemble
c/o Nathan Payant
10985 W. Grand Pl
Littleton, CO  80127

Past Winners

2019 Winners:
Willem & Julia Luyten, violin

2019 Runner Up:
Erika Liu, violin