Dissertation Competition

Call for Nominations

The National Opera Association announces its biennial competition for the outstanding dissertation on operatic subjects.

Submission Procedure

  • The competition is open to all doctoral candidates whose degrees were/will be conferred between September 1, 2012 and August 31, 2014.
  • Degree-granting institutions may submit one nomination. The nominating party must be either an individual or organizational member of NOA.
  • Each entry should include one copy of the dissertation in digital (PDF) format and letters of nomination from the dissertation committee chair and the department head of the granting institution.
  • Deadline for submission is October 1, 2014. Winners will be notified December 15, 2014.


The author of the winning dissertation will be recognized at the annual convention of the National Opera Association. The winner will receive a certificate, and will be invited to publish an article digested from the dissertation in The Opera Journal.

Application Information

There is no application fee for the competition, but entrants must be members of the National Opera Association. Non-members wishing to submit a paper can become members by submitting an application along with the competition materials.

Submit dissertations and letter of endorsement to Anthony Radford, Research Committee Chair at .

Recent Winners

2010-2012: The Language Of Baroque Opera: Topic, Structure, And Characterization In Handel’s Italian-Language Operas, by Gregory Decker, Florida State University College of Music.

2008-2010: The Virtue of Recitativo Semplice in the Operas of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, by Sean David Cooper, University of Memphis.