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2012 NTD Television 6th International Vocal Competition Rules and Regulations

Download 2012 NTD Television 6th Annual "International Vocal Competition " Rules and Regulations(PDF, 225KB)


The New Tang Dynasty Television (NTD Television) “International Vocal Competition” is one in a series of international cultural and arts events sponsored by NTD Television. The aim of this competition is to promote traditional vocal arts of pure authenticity, pure goodness, and pure beauty, and provide a world-class arena for all vocalists to showcase their talents.


The Competition will be hosted by NTD Television.  The Competition proceedings will be broadcasted around the globe via NTD Television networks.

Panel of Judges

The panel of judges will be composed of experienced professional singers from around the world. (See profiles of the judges )

Competition Location and Dates

  • Preliminaries:
    - Asia-Pacific Region: August, 19th, 2012.
      Fu Zhou Auditorium at National Taiwan University of Arts
      No.59, Sec. 1, Daguan Rd., Banqiao Dist., New Taipei City, Taiwan
    - North America Region: October 19th, 2012.
      Hunter College
      4th Floor, Hunter North
      695 Park Ave (69th Street)
      New York, NY 10065.
  • Semi-Finals: October 20th, 2012.  New York, USA (same as Preliminaries).
  • Finals, Award Ceremony, and “NTD Television International Vocal Competition Concert”: October 21st, 2012.
    Stern Auditorium /Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall
    881 Seventh Ave.
    New York, NY 10019, U.S.A.

Qualifications to Enter the Competition

  1. All professional singers, including vocal instructors, singers, and students, as well as professional-level enthusiasts, may register and participate.
  2. To qualify for the Competition: After the Panel of Judges has reviewed all of the materials from the applicants, a formal “NTD Television International Vocal Competition Invitation” will be sent to those who meet the criteria. The contestants may use this invitation to apply for visas and report to the competition.

Content of the Competition

  1. Standard Operatic Repertoire Required.
  2. Types of vocal works include Chinese classic songs, arias and artistic songs.
  3. The competition will consist of three rounds: Preliminaries, Semi-Finals, and Finals.
  4. For the Preliminary round, contestants are required to perform one self-chosen song. For the Semi-Finals and Finals, contestants are required to perform two self-chosen songs or portions. At least one Chinese-language song is required in the Final round, and at least one new song is required in the Final round.

    All Chinese-language songs must be chosen from the following list (please check Appendix for all lyrics):

    My Sentiment to the Yangtze River
    Lyric: Li Zhi-yi
    Music: Qing Zhu

    Man Jiang Hong (Full River Red)
    Lyric: Yue Fei
    Traditional Chinese Tune

    Three Wishes of the Rose
    Lyric: Long Qi
    Music: Huang Zi

    On Jialing River
    Lyric: Duanmu Hongliang
    Music: He Lu-ting

    Homeland Nostalgia
    Lyric:Wei Han-zhang
    Music: Huang Zi

    Under the Silvery Moonlight
    Tatars Folk Song
    Adapted by Wang Luo-bin

    Ga Da Mei Lin
    Mongolian Folk Song

    Kazakhs Folk Song

    Plum Blossoms in the Snow
    Lyric: Liu Xue-an
    Music: Huang Zi

  5. The Organization Committee shall provide piano accompaniment for contestants. Contestants may also bring their own pianist(s).
    For preliminaries in Asia-Pacific region, the complimentary piano accompaniment will be offered on the date of the competition.  However, a contestant would be charged at NT$800 (New Taiwan dollar)  per hour should he(or she) need rehearsal with the piano accompanist prior to date of the preliminary.
  6. Contestants are required to send all their vocal scores, lyrics and accompaniment music scores to the Organization Committee at least one month before the Preliminaries.


  1. Registration Deadline:
    For contestants that do not need entry visa to United States, the application deadline is October 15th, 2012.  Contestants need to submit all required materials with post mark no later than October 15th, 2012. Incomplete registration will not be accepted.
  2. Methods of Registration:
    North America Region:

    • Internet:
    • Email: vocal(AT)
    • Hotline: 1-646-736-2988
    • Fax: 1-212-918-3479
    • Mail: 229 W. 28th Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001, U.S.A.
           Attention: NTD Television International Vocal Competition 

    Asia-Pacific Region:

    • Internet:
    • Email: vocal(AT)
    • Hotline (Taiwan): 886-2-2516-7427
    • Fax (Taiwan): 886-2-2515-8851
    • Mail: 6F.-2, No.235, Longjiang Rd., Zhongshan Dist., Taipei City 104, Taiwan
           Attention: NTD Television International Vocal Competition
  3. Personal Information:
    • The applicant should fill out and submit the International Vocal Competition Registration Form as well as the Resume Form; both of which can be downloaded from the Competition’s Website.
      You might just submit the Repertoire of preliminary round if registering for preliminaries in Asia-Pacific Region.
      All those under the age of 18 must have a legal guardian sign the Registration Form.
    • Each applicant must provide two 1" × 1" color photos (digital photos preferred) and a copy of their valid ID.
    • The applicant should send in the latest recordings of his/her recital (5 minutes minimum) in the format of high quality cassette, audio CD, VCD or DVD (preferably in NTSC format), MP3 or computer audio files. The VCD or DVD must not be enhanced or edited. The information of the applicant should be clearly marked on the cover of cassette or disk. In addition, no subtitles or logos that reveal any information about the applicant may appear within the image or else it will be considered an act of forfeiture. If the applicant has difficulty in fulfilling this request, please inform the Competition’s Organization Committee.
    • The above application materials should be sent to the Competition’s Organization Committee by registered mail. All application materials shall not be returned.
  4. Registration Fee[ #2]:
    North America Region:

    • US$180 (including one admission for the “International Vocal Concert” at Carnegie Hall in New York).
    • Method of payment: major credit cards, cash, traveler's checks, or money orders.
    • Please make the check payable to New Tang Dynasty Television.

    Asia-Pacific Region

    • Taiwan Contestants.
      a) Registration fee is NT$1500 (New Taiwan dollar).
      b) Method of payment: post office account transfer.
      Account number:  50105684.
      Account name: NTD Asia-Pacific TV Company Ltd.
    • Non-Taiwan Contestants:
      Registration fee is US$50.
      Method of payment: major credit cards, cash, traveler's checks, or money orders.
      Please make the check payable to New Tang Dynasty Television.
    • The registration fee for the preliminary round in Asia-Pacific Region in non-refundable.
    • An additional US$130 is required (including one admission for the “International Vocal Concert” at Carnegie Hall in New York), if a contestant would be selected into the semi-finals and willing to compete in North America region.
  5. Registered express mail charges: for applicant who needs a United States visa, please indicate so on the Registration Form, and pay an additional US$35 fee for the registered express mail for the visa materials.
  6. All contestants who enter U.S.A. with the visa for this Competition should hold full legal responsibilities themselves if they did not show up at the Competition.

Note [2]: Under normal circumstances, applicant’s registration becomes valid only after he or she has paid the registration fee. For applicants who cannot prepay the registration fee due to special difficulties, they are required to submit a formal written request to delay the payment of registration fee until time of competition. However, there will be a US$20 surcharge in such case.

Placement Awards

Gold award: US$10,000; Silver award: US$3,000; Bronze award: US$1,000.

  • Male Division: 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze;
  • Female Division: 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze;
  • Honorable Mention Awards will also be presented to outstanding contestants.
  • Gold Award winners will be invited to perform at the "NTD Television International Vocal Competition Concert" at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Accommodation and Transportation

  1. The Competition’s Organization Committee will recommend hotels in New York City and Taipei City.
  2. Contestants and their entourage shall pay for their own accommodation and transportation.


  1. All contestants shall comply with the Rules and Regulation, as well as all the arrangements of the Competition's Organization Committee. The committee has the right to revoke violators' eligibility and the prizes awarded.
  2. Contestants will take full responsibility to any copyright issues related to the music they choose for the competition.
  3. All winners must personally attend the award ceremony to accept the prize. Cash will not be awarded in lieu of that prize. The winners absent will automatically give up the prize.
  4. New Tang Dynasty Television is entitled to all copyrights of audio and video products made during the Competition.

NTD Television International Vocal Competition Organization Committee
Completed on January 27th, 2012
Updated on October 5th, 2012

Lyrics for Required Chinese-language Songs