The Vocal Arts Competition was first introduced in 1983 as the Leontyne Price Vocal Arts Competition. The 2001 Convention changed the name to the Vocal Arts Competition for Emerging Artists upon joining the National Opera Association to offer additional benefits to the contestants.
The competition is designed to recognize promising young black classical vocalists by providing a performance venue and scholarships. The competition begins on the local club level. The first place district winner competes at the National Convention.
This observance provides the local club with the opportunity to present the Sojourner Truth Award to an outstanding African American woman. This award, established in 1948, is the highest award given by the Association.
The first Saturday in March is designated as NANBPWC, Inc. Women’s History Day. The purpose is to focus on the many contributions made by African American women who have been and are instrumental in advancing education, business, professions, technology, family and community.
We have a strong commitment to working with other organizations dedicated to improving our communities. Our focus is to develop opportunities to maximize efforts, leverage resources, and jointly promote community empowerment and self-sufficiency. Through our “Stand Up! Speak Out!” program we provide information and take action on legislative issues. We welcome every collaborative, partnering and networking opportunity.