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Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions- Upper Midwest Region

February 21 at 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

COVID-19 Update:

The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions – Upper Midwest Region – will be held online March 20, 2021 at 1:00 CT.  All volunteers and donors will be given a link so that they can enjoy the auditions from the safe comfort of their homes.  We hope that we will be able to see/hear the 2022 Auditions live!

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The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions – Upper Midwest Region – will be held Sunday, February 21, 2021, 12:00PM – 5:00PM at the BENSON GREAT HALL at Bethel University.This is a beautiful facility and is used by the Minnesota Youth Symphony, theSt. Paul Chamber Orchestra and others.  BENSON GREAT HALL, seating 1,728, annually hosts several professional orchestras and choirs, youth conferences, graduation ceremonies, and corporate meetings.We will be holding both the Minnesota District Auditions (which are on Saturday Feb 20), and the Upper Midwest Region Auditions in this Concert Hall.

Parking at Benson Great Hall is FREE and conveniently located just across the drive from the Hall.  There is also a round-about which will allow you to drop off passengers and then proceed to the parking lot. (PHOTOS of hall & complex interior showing a very large lobby area)

All audition events are free and open to the public.

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Singers who have been selected during the District Auditions held in the IowaMinnesota, NebraskaNorth Dakota-Manitoba, and Wisconsin Districts will compete for cash prizes and the honor to compete in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Semi-Final Auditions in New York City – more information to follow


  • Audition Date: Sunday, February 21, 2021
  • Audition Venue: Benson Great Hall at Bethel University, 3900 Bethel Drive, Saint Paul, MN
  • Region Contact: Connie Fullmer, CONNIE@METAUDITIONSMN.ORG
  • Judges and Pianists: TBD


Singers who will be competing on Sunday Feb 21 2021     (TBD)


Connie Fullmer, Upper Midwest Region co-director

5267 Nolan Parkway

Oak Park Heights, MN 55082

Home: 952 935 4717


PHOTOS of singers who competed in the 2020 Upper Midwest Regional Auditions on Jan 19 2021

There were three winners at the Jan 19, 2020 Upper Midwest Regionals who advanced to the National MONC Semi Finals in NYC:

Erika Baikoff, Soprano  First Place Award at Upper Midwest MONC Regionals

Joseph Leppek, Tenor  First Place Award at Upper Midwest MONC Regionals

Lindsay Kate Brown, Mezzo-Soprano  First Place Award at Upper Midwest MONC Regionals

An additional three singers were given Encouragement Awards

Gabrielle Clutter, Soprano  Encouragement Award at Upper Midwest MONC Regionals

Tim Murray, Baritone  Encouragement Award at Upper Midwest MONC Regionals

Emma Dickinson, Soprano  Encouragement Award at Upper Midwest MONC Regionals


Our 3 judges at the Upper Midwest MONC Regional Auditions in front of the 6 First Place and Encouragement Prize Winners.

Judges: left to right   John Churchwell, Margot Garrett, Rob Ainsley     We appreciate their expertise and judgement

Singers (left to right)
Gabrielle Clutter, Soprano (encouragement award)
Tim Murray, Baritone (encouragement award)
Lindsay Kate Brown, Mezzo-Soprano (First Place Award)
Erika Baikoff, Soprano (First Place Award)
Emma Dickinson, Soprano (encouragement award)
Joseph Leppek, Tenor (First Place Award)



An exceptional group of 16 singers competed today. 3 won First Place, 3 received Encouragement Awards, 10 others all showed magnificent ability and spirit. Here shown with our judges John Churchwell, Margo Garrett, and Rob Ainsley. An incredible level of singing was evident throughout the day.



Our 6 winners pictured with Connie Fullmer, Region Co-Chair and Minnesota District Director, and Jimmy Longoria, Region Co-Chair and Finance Director.

This year we experienced the worst weather ever for our Auditions- but the quality of the singing made it all endurable. Looking forward to the Semi-Finals on Monday Feb 24 and hoping for good weather on Sunday Feb 21 2021 for our next Upper Midwest Regional MONC Auditions.

Upcoming for our 3 Upper Midwest MONC winners:
Arrival in New York for Semifinalists – Friday, February 21, 2020
National Semifinals – Monday, February 24, 2020
National Grand Finals Concert – Sunday, March 1, 2020


February 21
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm