Eastman’s prestigious German Lieder competition has a long tradition of representing and rewarding the finest performance artistry. It was founded by George McWhorter (Rare Books Librarian and Curator of the Burroughs Collection at the Ekstrom Library of the University of Louisville, and former member of New York City Opera, and ESM alumnus) to honor Jessie Kneisel, Professor Emerita of German who passed away in 1992. The award is given to both singer and pianist, with first and second prizes in both categories. Finalists must prepare thirty minutes of German Lieder. The competition jury will hear the singer’s choice of ten minutes of the thirty-minute program. Members of the jury will then select another ten minutes of Lieder. The final jury occurs in Kilbourn Hall in a recital like atmosphere one week before graduation ceremonies. The thirty minutes must include three Lieder by Franz Schubert. The winner will give a recital including at least one group of German Lieder on the Saturday evening of the Graduation weekend, Saturday, May 18 at 8 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall.
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