Apply to the 2024 Competition for Colorado Singers

Dates for the 2023 Competition for Colorado Singers:

Louise Conter Master Class February 17, 2024,  9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Preliminary Round March 2, 2024, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Final Round March 23, 2024, 1-5 p.m.


All Events to be held at:

Calvary Baptist Church
6500 E. Girard Avenue
Denver, CO 80224


Final Date for Applications: Postmarked or sent via email by Friday, January 5, 2024 (including letters of recommendation). No extensions. No exceptions!

Download the application at the link below OR fill out the entire application and submit online (via this page).

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Have questions? Please email or call Karen Bruggenthies at 303.550.1863 or

Applicants must submit:
1. Completed application

2. Proof of age – copy of driver’s license, birth certificate or passport. The age limit is: age 23-32 as of February 1, 2024; no
age waivers are granted.

3. One 8 ½” x 11″ photocopy of a head shot with your name and address on the back or may be attached to your online

4. Two signed and dated letters of recommendation from a vocal coach or teacher, written within the last year or equivalent type of recommendation. If you were a candidate in either of the past two years you need not send new letters of recommendation.

5. A $55 non-refundable application fee, check or money order made out to DLOG; checks that do not clear will result in the
applicant’s disqualification. A credit card payment option through Stripe will be available on our application form.

6. A copy of your student ID or copy of employment contract if you are currently enrolled in an accredited Colorado college or
university or an active member of an accredited Colorado opera company young artist program.
Proof of Colorado residency if you are a permanent Colorado resident attending an accredited college or university outside of
the state of Colorado or if you reside in the state of Colorado but are not currently attending a Colorado college or university.
If you fall into either of these categories you must have established Colorado residency as of July 31, 2023 to be eligible for
the Competition. A Colorado driver’s license, automobile registration, voter registration, or other appropriate documentation
may be submitted as proof of residency.

7. Non-citizens of the USA must show proof of one-year residency or proof of enrollment in a Colorado college or university. If
you are a student, please include a copy of your student ID.

Please submit all of these additional documents by email or mail.

Denver Lyric Opera Guild c/o Karen Bruggenthies
4692 S. Field Street
Denver, CO 80123

Additional Considerations

  • Incomplete or illegible applications will not be considered.
  •  Any misrepresentation on the application will be cause for disqualification without benefit of appeal.
  • Applicants who are accepted or rejected for the competition will be notified by January 26, 2024. If you are rejected, your
    application fee will be refunded.
  • Former first place winners or three-time winners of one of the top 10 DLOG awards may not apply.
  • Applicants must have a musical background, voice training and the ability to sing correctly in at least three languages.
  • The Competition Committee reserves the right to limit the number of candidates by screening applicants based upon
    information supplied in the application. Applicants will be judged on their recommendations, their education, the roles
    they have learned and the arias they have selected. All decisions are at the sole discretion of the Competition Committee
    and are final.

JUDGES: We will engage three judges for each round of the Competition.

MASTER CLASS: A Master Class conducted by John Lindsey – Assistant Professor of Music at Colorado State University will be held at Calvary Baptist Church on Saturday, February 17, 2024 starting at 9:00 a.m.

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Submission Instructions:

Please submit ALL information requested in the application and make your payment for the application fee at the bottom of the form. One can submit the entire application through the DLOG website OR one can download and fill out the application to be sent via email or by mail.

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If you choose to submit the application online, please be sure fill out every section of the application prior to submitting. This includes making the application payment.

If you choose to download the application portions and send by email, please email and mail your payment to the address listed below.

If you choose to download the application portions and send via mail, please send your application and payment to:

Karen Bruggenthies
DLOG 2023 Competition for Colorado Singers Candidate Chair
4692 S. Field Street
Denver, CO 80123

Have questions? Please email or call Karen Bruggenthies at 303.550.1863 or

Colorado Address
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Please select if you are permanent resident of the state of Colorado.
Check here if you would like to participate in the Master Class; Saturday, February 17, 2024 at Calvary Baptist Church.

Master Class featuring John Lindsey

The class will be conducted by John Lindsey - American tenor John Lindsey, who has been noted for his "clarion tone" and "blazing tenor" by Opera News, has gained a reputation as a budding dramatic tenor with a connection to German, English and new works repertoire. In the 2019-2020 season, Mr. Lindsey will return to Pacific Opera Victoria to make his role debut as Bill in Flight by Jonathan Dove. He will also make house debuts at Opéra de Montréal as Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte and at Opera on the Avalon as Edward in Ours by John Estacio. In 2018-2019 season, Mr. Lindsey appeared in Madison Opera’s annual Opera in the Parks concert, in anticipation of a role and company debut as the Prince in Rusalka, and returned to Austin Opera for a reprisal of Jonathan Dale in Silent Night, a role he originated for the world premiere at Minnesota Opera. In the 2017/2018 season, John Lindsey made his Canadian debut with Pacific Opera Victoria as Steva in Jenufa, followed by a role debut as Froh in Das Rheingold with Arizona Opera. Other notable roles include Narraboth in Salome, Nick/cover for Dick Johnson in La Fanciulla del West, and Don Jose in Carmen. Mr. Lindsey was an apprentice artist with Des Moines Metro Opera in 2015, a resident artist with Minnesota Opera from 2011-2014, and a studio artist with Central City Opera in 2011. He received his Master of Music in Voice Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and his Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Colorado State University in his hometown of Fort Collins. In 2015, he was invited to participate in the International Competition for Wagnerian Voices at Bayreuth. He currently resides in Fort Collins, Colorado, where he serves on the voice faculty at Colorado State University.

Please share the following:

1. List of accredited music institutions, colleges or universities where you have studied. Give dates/degrees.
2. Name of current or most recent voice teacher and how long you have studied with that person.
3. List of any COMPLETE roles you have learned.
4. Any other facts you consider relevant (awards, special studies, etc.)?

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Application Details and Agreement

Deadline for aria changes: By noon on February 16, 2024. Submit changes to Linda Bjelland ( Ask for confirmation.
1. As one of the top three winners, I agree to attend the Judges’ Reception the evening of the Finals as the guest of Denver Lyric Opera Guild. Other finalists are invited to attend but attendance is not mandatory.

2. If I win one of the top ten prizes, I agree to perform at the April 2, 2024, DLOG “Opera on Tuesday” at Columbine Country Club. Award checks will be presented on April 2.

An accompanist for the competition will be provided for all singers free of charge. Should a singer choose to utilize a different accompanist, any fee incurred
will be the responsibility of the singer and not the Denver Lyric Opera Guild.

The above statements are true and correct to the best of my knowledge. I hereby accept all the conditions of the Competition as set forth in the application and agree to accept as final any and all decisions of the Competition Committee and the Judges.

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All materials submitted for the competition become the property of the Denver Lyric Opera Guild.

Information obtained from DLOG is to be used for Competition purposes only. Any use of names, e-mails, addresses, etc. for purposes other than the DLOG Competition may be grounds for disqualification, solely at the discretion of the Competition Committee.

Price: $55.00

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“One of the first competitions I participated in was Denver Lyric Opera Guild. Through the encouragement and feedback of the visiting judges and financial support of the Guild, I had the means to continue to pursue my “opera addiction.” As young artists, we encounter so many hardships, disappointments and setbacks. But because of DLOG, when these blows came down, I still had the means and encouragement to push through.”

Megan Marino

multiple year Competition winner and Metropolitan Opera and International Opera star