An annual concerto competition occurs each fall and is judged by three professional musicians from outside Baldwin Wallace University. Typically, the competition results in one student being selected to perform publicly with a major ensemble. See Student Handbook for policies and procedures.
Mel Hakola was a distinguished voice teacher at Baldwin Wallace University for 38 years prior to his retirement. The Mel Hakola Prize for Academic and Vocal Excellence was created to encourage and reward voice students who demonstrate exceptional vocal, musical, intellectual and creative talents and abilities and who have the potential to make a significant contribution to music performance. The purpose of this Prize is to promote and recognize a high standard of academic and musical excellence among voice students at Baldwin Wallace University. The competition occurs during the fall semester, with prize money credited during the spring semester of the junior year and the fall semester of the senior year. See Student Handbook for procedures.