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For questions about Peabody competitions, contact Chelsea Buyalos at or 667-208-6624

19-20 Competitions
For guidelines and details please download the document listed below:
Peabody Competitions Overview Packet

Yale Gordon Competition for Piano
Eligible disciplines: Piano
December 7-8, 2019 (Application Deadline: Friday, November 22, 2019 by 11:59 pm)

Preliminary Round: A full recital of solo works (at least 50 minutes of music)
**Final Round concerto may not be featured on the Preliminary Round program.**
Final Round: A concerto from the standard repertoire for solo instrument. Concerti selected from outside the standard literature are subject to approval by the Ensemble Office and the Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Artistic Director of Ensembles.
Application deadline has passed.

Vocal Studies Song Competition
Eligible years of study: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, MM, GPD, AD, and DMA

January 24, 2020 (Application Deadline: Monday December 9, 2019 by 11:59 pm)
The applicable language requirements for juries among the various class levels will apply to this competition. Jury requirements for voice can be found in the Peabody Academic Catalogue (Pg. 17). Only non-orchestral/non-operatic/non-chamber song repertoire will be permitted. Each singer should present a list of classical songs—4 songs for undergraduate level and 6 songs for graduate level. These songs should represent a variety of languages applicable to their class level requirement. The graduate competitors must include at least one song composed after 1950. All songs are required to be memorized.
Application deadline has passed.

The Marbury Competition for Undergraduate Violinists 
February 9, 2020 (Application Deadline: Monday, January 27 by 11:59 pm)

Preliminary Round: Any work or works fifteen (15) minutes in length, designed to demonstrate the student’s technical command and artistry.
The preliminary round performance should not exceed 15 minutes.
Final Round: a concert-length program of recital literature (at least 50 minutes of music)  Concerti are not to be played in the final round.
Application deadline has passed.

Sylvia Green Voice Competition
February 27-28, 2020 (Application Deadline: Friday, February 14, 2020 by 11:59 pm)

Purpose: A biennial competition intended to present singers in vocal repertoire accompanied by either full or chamber orchestra. Excerpts from opera or oratorio are not acceptable.

Eligibility: Any Conservatory voice major enrolled in a degree or certificate program with junior status or higher during the 2019-2020 academic year. Eligibility includes graduate students, except for degree-in-progress students not enrolled for lessons. Students excused from large ensembles for injury during the spring semester are not eligible to enter. Previous first prize winners of this competition are ineligible.

Repertoire: Vocal repertoire with orchestra (full or chamber) accompaniment, lasting ideally between 10 and 20 minutes, although shorter, and certainly longer pieces could be found acceptable by the voice faculty.

Information on Preliminary and Final round logistics can be found in the Peabody Competitions Overview Packet.
Application deadline has passed.

 Composition Competitions 2019-2020
Application Deadline For Macht and DeLillo:
May, 8 2020 by 4:00pm EST

Virginia Carty DeLillo
Eligibility: Any Conservatory student enrolled in a degree program for composition major study during the 2019-2020 academic year. Students not currently enrolled in lessons are not eligible to compete. Previous first-prize winners are not eligible.
Requirements: Only one composition may be entered per student. The work may be of any style, length, or instrumentation.
Virginia Carty DeLillo

Macht Orchestral Competition
Eligibility: Any Conservatory student enrolled in a degree program for composition major study during the 2019-2020 academic year. Previous prizewinners are not eligible.
Requirements: Only one composition may be entered per student. The work should be composed for a standard symphonic or chamber orchestra (not to exceed three parts in each woodwind section, four horns, three trumpets, three trombones, tuba, timpani, four percussionists, two harps, piano/celesta, and strings) and cannot be longer than 14 minutes in duration. The work submitted must have been written during the composer’s time at Peabody and played through in one of the Composition Readings arranged by the Ensemble Office.
Macht Orchestral Competition