A new vocal competition for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors will take place Oct. 17 in Roussel Hall at Loyola University of New Orleans. The student submission deadline is Sept. 4.

The annual competition was created by Debby Hirsch Wood, of the New Orleans Opera Association, and the location will rotate among Loyola, Tulane University and the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. Other organizers include Donald R. Boomgaarden, Robert Lyall, Amy Pfrimmer, Carol Rausch, C. Leonard Raybon, Timothy Todd Simmons, Phyllis Treigle, Nancy Watts and Kyle Wedberg.

The competition will promote artistic excellence, provide financial support to young vocalists and encourage young local singers throughout Louisiana.

The competition will involve 35 students, who will be judged on quality of voice, musicality, technical skill, diction, interpretation and presentation. Of the 35, 10 will receive an award from NOOA as finalists.

At the competition, the finalists will be asked to sing three songs from standard classical literature where one selection is either in Italian, French, or German and one selection is in English. One selection may be from a musical. A master class is planned as well, and judges will give vocal insights and encouragement to the finalists on the day of the competition.

The competition is free and open to the public. Student application information is available at neworleansopera.org.