Performing Arts Competitions

Winston Classical Voice Scholarships

In honor of Shirley Rabb Winston, NSAL established an annual scholarship for young classical singers between the ages of 16 and 22. Applicants must demonstrate exceptional talent and promise of future success. The scholarship funds are only for private study, special training or personal advancement in the applicant’s vocal career. They can be used for workshops, voice teachers, summer programs, etc. The funds cannot be used for college tuition, housing or travel. In most years, as many as eight to ten scholarships are awarded in varying amounts.

Naomi and Shirley RabbShirley Rabb Winston (1920 – 2000) was the daughter of Naomi Rabb Winston. She was a graduate of American University in Washington, D.C. and studied voice at the Washington College of Music. She received a voice scholarship from the Washington Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters.  During her career as a professional opera singer, she performed at Washington D.C.’s Constitution Hall, New York’s Carnegie Hall and had major roles with the Metropolitan Opera Touring Company. For most of her career, the mezzo soprano sang with the New York City Opera. After retiring from her professional career, she taught opera at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She later moved to Virginia Beach, wrote “Music as the Bridge” and taught voice to select students. Pictured above: From left, Naomi Rabb Winston and Shirley Rabb Winston.


2019 National Drama Competition

The National Society of Arts and Letters invites actors to participate in the 2019 National Competition in Drama. The first place winner will receive $12,000. Cash prizes also are awarded to second, third and fourth place winners. The National competition will take place during the NSAL Meeting – May 30 – June 2 in Washington, D.C.

Contestants must first compete at the chapter level. Interested actors should submit completed applications to the chapter that is geographically near his or her home or school. To find a chapter, click on Chapter Contacts below. Each chapter pays the travel, hotel and conference registration expenses for its chapter finalist to compete in the National Competition.

2019 Drama Competition Rules and Performance Requirements

2019 Drama Competition Application & Certification Form

2019 Drama Competition Contacts

2019 Drama Competition Instructions for Drama Competition Chairs

2019 Drama Competition Judge’s Adjudication Forms


Dorothy Lincoln-Smith Voice Competition

The National Society of Arts and Letters is pleased to announce the formation of the Dorothy Lincoln Smith Voice Competition. Smith, the past NSAL National President and Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees, is generously underwriting this new competition for classical vocalists, ages 23 – 31. This inaugural competition began in 2017. A total of $10,000 will be awarded to winners.

Please click below to read more about this new competition and to apply.

2019 Dorothy Lincoln-Smith Voice Competition Brochure

2019 Dorothy Lincoln-Smith Voice Competition Application


Schedule of Upcoming Competitions

2019 National Awards Competition: Drama

The National Competition will be in Washington, D.C.