HGO’s Eleanor McCollum
Competition and the Concert of Arias is both a beloved social event in Houston
and a major date on the calendar of young singers across the US and abroad.
Named for the late Eleanor Searle Whitney McCollum (1908 –2002), a patroness of
the arts and medical organizations in Houston and benefactor of the HGO Studio,
the competition celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2013. It
commences in August each year with an online application process. Several
hundred singers are selected and invited to preliminary auditions in cities
across the US during November and December. Semi-finals and finals are held in
Houston in late January and early February each year, culminating in a major
gala, the Concert of Arias. Winning the competition does not guarantee a spot in
the HGO Studio, and singers do not have to participate in the competition to be
invited to the Studio, but the competition is nonetheless a crucial recruitment
tool for the HGO Studio.
Past winners of the Eleanor McCollum Competition are listed here.