Illinois District

2016 Illinois District Auditions Results

Congratulations to our four winners and two encouragement awardees! The four winners will compete in the Central Region Finals on November 20th.

  • Jonathan Johnson, tenor
  • Andrew Simpson, bass-baritone
  • Ashley Sipka, mezzo-soprano
  • Kyle van Schoonhoven, tenor
Encouragement Awardees:
  • Ashley Fabian, soprano
  • Nathan Buttram, baritone

2016 Audition Information

Sunday, November 6, 2016
10:00am – 5:00pm
Ganz Hall
Roosevelt University
430 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605

The auditions are free to attend as spectators and open to family, friends, and instructors, who may enter and leave the hall between contestant auditions. Additional details regarding day-of schedules will be sent to singers once all applications are received.

Public parking is available in the Grant Park South garage accessed by central lane ramps along Michigan Avenue. Additional information and directions can be found here.

Illinois Auditions

Deadline for Applications:
The roster is full at this time.

Suggested Audition Attire:
Men: semi-formal / suit
Women: semi-formal / suit / simple dress (no gowns please)

Warm-up Facilites:
Practice rooms are available after check-in. Please allow plenty of time.

Staff accompanists are provided, although you may bring your own, if you wish.

Aria Changes:
You may change your aria selections at any point, although you may be required to inform the judges from the stage, if you do so.

An awards ceremony will take place after all of the auditions and deliberations. It is strongly suggested that all contestants attend.


  • Gayletha Nichols
  • Bruce Donnell
  • Ruth Ann Swenson

Consultation with the Judges:
After the awards ceremony, there will be an opportunity to speak with the judges and receive feedback. We highly encourage all singers to take part, as this is an integral part of the auditions process and beneficial to each musician's career.