The Donald W. Wood Sr. Vocal Competition and Advancement Grant

The Donald W. Wood, Sr. Vocal Competition

The Wood Competition began in 2015 as an entry vehicle for local high schoolers into the professional realm of singing.  Past participants have enjoyed regional, national and international celebrity as young artist professionals. The competition is a collaborative effort between the New Orleans Opera Association, the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, Tulane University, and Loyola University New Orleans.

Deadline to apply: CLOSED

2022-2023 Judges

Ronnita Miller


Irini Kyriakidou – Hymel


Andre Courville


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Supporting the Future of Opera!

The Wood Operatic Advancement Grant

The Wood Operatic Advancement Grant is a branch of the New Orleans Opera Association’s Donald W. Wood Sr. Vocal Competition. It provides financial assistance to the winners of the Wood Competition to help them in pursuit of their careers.

Imani Francis, photographed here, was a Second place winner of the Donald W. Wood Sr. Vocal Competition (2015-2016). She was also the 2019 Fall/Winter recipient of the Wood Operatic Advancement Grant.

And the WINNERS are…


To all the competitors over the years, what you did was not easy and we are proud of each and every singer for participating!

In honor of

Donald W. Wood, Sr.

Created by New Orleans Opera board member, Debby Hirsch Wood in honor of her late husband Donald W. Wood Sr., the Wood family has granted funding for the competition to continue in perpetuity in his name. Donald W. Wood, Sr. loved opera and was supportive of NOOA’s educational endeavors.