ACPC Marcella Kochańska Sembrich
Vocal Competition 2017

The $1,500 prize is given to support the career development of a young singer of Polish descent. Marcella Kochańska Sembrich (1858-1935) was a Polish coloratura soprano with a long career at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, after which she taught at Curtis Institute and Julliard School of Music.

Prize: $1,500

Application deadline: April 15, 2017

Application fee: None


1. Contestant must be of Polish descent, a United States citizen or a permanent resident, and not under professional management.

2. The competition is open to men or women up to the age of 35, who are pursuing higher education in voice, or in early stages of their vocal career.


1. Each contestant must submit a completed application form with required enclosures.

2. Each contestant must submit five (5) copies of a DVD or CD recording of his/her singing with accompaniment.

3. The recording should be approximately 30 minutes, and consist of arias and art songs, including selections in several languages including Polish. The DVD/CD must be labeled with the applicant's name and the selections performed.

4. Sketch of family tree demonstrating Polish heritage.

5. The winner must be available to perform a full recital at the 2017 national convention of the American Council of Polish Culture (ACPC) in Toronto, Canada, at a date TBD in August of 2017. The recital must include several Polish arias or art songs.

6. The ACPC will provide for the winner two (2) night's accommodation and reasonable travel expenses.

7. Applications with enclosures must be received by April 15, 2017.

Send application and enclosures to:

Dr. Jaroslaw Golembiowski, Chair
Marcella Kochańska Sembrich Vocal Competition
1427 W. Greenleaf Ave 3N
Chicago, IL 60626

Additional information:

When preparing your program please remember the UNESCO Polish anniversaries:

200th anniversary of the death of Tadeusz Kosciuszko, political leader (1746-1817)
(with the support of Lithuania, Switzerland and the Kosciuszko Foundation) (2017)

100th anniversary of the death of Ludwik Zamenhof, physician and linguist (1859-1917)
(with the support of Germany and Slovakia) (2017)

also Aleksander Tansman was born June 12, 1897

Application Form:

Report on 2016 Sembrich Award: Program from 2016 Performance:

Report on 2015 Sembrich Award: Program from 2015 Performance:

Report on 2014 Sembrich Award: Program from 2014 Performance: