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Peabody Institute Competitions

Information for 2021-22 competitions can be found below.

For questions about Peabody competitions, contact Greg Hays at ghays3@jh.edu

Art Song Competition

2021 PRIZE WINNERS
Undergraduate Division

1st Prize - John Arlievsky
2nd Prize - Katelynn Cherry
3rd Prize - Nathan Song

Outstanding performance of a work by an African American composer - Marina Bien-Aime

Graduate Division

1st Prize - Olivia Heaner
2nd Prize - Olivia Heinrich
3rd Prize - Eunil Cho

Outstanding performance of a work by an African American composer - Syrena Torres

ELIGIBILITY
There will be two categories of participation, an undergraduate division (Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors only) and a graduate division (MM, GPD, AD, or DMA). It is expected that singers will consult with their applied teacher prior to submitting their online application.

Conservatory voice majors who meet the year of study requirement and are enrolled in a degree or certificate program may apply.
Students must be enrolled in applied lessons to be eligible. Former first prize winners are ineligible to compete.
The maximum number of applications to be accepted is 45.


REPERTOIRE​​​​​​​

The applicable language requirements for juries among the various class levels will apply to this competition. For undergraduates 4 songs should be submitted, one song must be in English and two additional languages must be represented. For graduate students 6 songs should be submitted, one song must be in English and three additional languages must be represented. In addition, one of the graduate student’s selections must be written after 1950.



Only non-orchestral/non-operatic/non-chamber song repertoire will be permitted.
In addition to the prizes in each division, two awards (one in each division) will be given to a student who presents an outstanding performance featuring an art song by an African American composer. For students who wish include a selection by an African American composer on their repertoire list and be considered for this additional prize a list of repertoire resources can be found here. This is optional, and not a requirement.
All songs are required to be memorized.

PRIZES
Undergraduate Division: 1st-$500, 2nd-$300, 3rd-$150
Graduate Division: 1st-$1,000, 2nd-$750, 3rd-$500
Outstanding Performance of a Work by an African American Composer: $100
​​​​​​​(one award per division.)

All prize winners will be featured on the April 8th Friday Noon:30 Concert Series to be held in the Hilda and Douglas Goodwin Recital Hall.

​​​​​​​*Prizes that are awarded are considered taxable income by JHU.

Yale Gordon Competition for Strings

2021 PRIZE WINNERS

1st Prize - Jacqueline Audas
2nd Prize - Sunnat Ibragimov
3rd Prize - Fangming Shen

ELIGIBLE DISCIPLINES

Strings
Conservatory majors enrolled in a degree, certificate, or diploma program for bowed strings during the 2021-2022 academic year may compete with the consent of their major teachers. Students not enrolled for lessons, as well as students excused from a large ensemble orchestral requirement because of injury during the semester which the competition is held, are not eligible to compete. Previous first prize winners are not eligible.



PRIZES
1st Prize

$1,500 cash prize
Solo performance with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra during the 2022-2023 academic year. A graduating student who wins this competition is expected to return to Peabody for the performance.
A recital on the Shriver Hall Concert Series, "Discovery Series"
2nd Prize

$750 cash prize
​​​​​​​3rd Prize

$500 cash prize


​​​​​​​*Prizes that are awarded are considered taxable income by JHU. ​​​​​​​

The Harrison-Winter Competitions for Piano

Endowed by gifts in memory of Judge Winter given by family, friends, and former law clerks

2021 PRIZE WINNERS

1st Prize - Victoria Young
2nd Prize - Zoie Tse

ELIGIBILITY
Any Conservatory student enrolled in a degree, certificate, or diploma program for piano major study during theΒ 2021-2022Β academic year. Students not currently enrolled for lessons are not eligible to compete. Previous first-prize winners are not eligible.Β 

REPERTOIRE REQUIREMENTS:
Contestants are allowed to choose any piano concerto (excluding Rachmaninoff 3)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sunday, December 5th, 2021 by 11:59 pm EST

PRIZES
1st Prize:
$1,000 cash prize
Solo Performance with a Peabody Orchestra during the 2022-2023 academic year. A graduating student who wins first prize will be expected to return to Peabody for the performance.

2nd Prize:
$500 cash prize

​​​​​​​*Prizes that are awarded are considered taxable income by JHU.

The Marbury Competition for Undergraduate ViolinistsΒ 

Marbury Undergraduate Violin Competition

Endowed by the law firm of DLA Piper

2022 Prize Winners
1st Prize - Kaylin Liu
Kaylin will present a solo recital on March 12th at 7:30pm in the Hilda and Douglas Goodwin Recital Hall.
2nd Prize - Josephine Kim

ELIGIBILITY
Any Conservatory undergraduate violin major enrolled in a degree or certificate program for theΒ 2021-2022Β academic year. Students not enrolled for lessons, as well as students excused from a large ensemble orchestral requirement because of injury during the semester which the competition is held, are not eligible to compete. Previous first-prize winners are not eligible.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sunday, February 6th 2022 at 11:59pm

PRIZES
1st Prize:
$1,000 cash prize
Solo recital, open to the public, held on Saturday, March 12, 2022 in Goodwin Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m.
2nd Prize:
$500



Yale Gordon Competition for Other Instruments

ELIGIBLE DISCIPLINES
Instrument other than piano and orchestral bowed strings
(Eligible disciplines include: Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, Harp, and Guitar)

Conservatory majors enrolled in a degree, certificate, or diploma program for bowed strings or any instrument other than piano and orchestral bowed strings during the 2021-2022 academic year may compete with the consent of their major teachers. Students not enrolled for lessons, as well as students excused from a large ensemble orchestral requirement because of injury during the semester which the competition is held, are not eligible to compete. Previous first prize winners are not eligible.

2022 Prize Winners
1st Prize - Jasmine Pigott
2nd Prize - Denis Savelyev
3rd Prize - Bailey Liu


​​​​​​​REPERTOIRE

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. Finalists will play the entire concerto with predetermined cuts of orchestral tuttis. Concerti selected from outside the standard literature are subject to approval by the Ensemble Office and the Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Artistic Director of Ensembles.
At this time, double concerti are not permitted to be entered in the competition.

REQUIRED MATERIALS FOR APPLICATION

Students must submit a list of all repertoire for both the preliminary round and file round, including complete title(s), timings, composer name and composer birth/death dates.
Headshot and Biography (200 word maximum)​​​​​​​

PRIZES
1st Prize- $1,500
2nd Prize- $750
​​​​​​​3rd Prize- $500

​​​​​​​*Prizes that are awarded are considered taxable income by JHU.

2022 Prix d'Ete Composition Competition

Endowed by Walter Summer in 1994, this annual competition was established to encourage composition and computer music majors to compose chamber works exploring dimensions in performance, instrumentation, and multimedia. Entries ranging from chamber works with electronics to purely electronic compositions to interactive installations are welcome. To be eligible, compositions must demonstrate significant use of music technology.

2022 Prize Winners

1st Prize - Qiu Jiang Levi Liu
2nd Prize - Jia Yi Lee
3rd Prize - Zac Fick-Cambria

Macht Orchestral Composition Competition

2022 Prize Winner

1st Prize - Andrew Burke, Original Sin

ELIGIBILITY
Any Conservatory student enrolled in a degree program for composition major study during the 2020-2021 academic year. Previous prizewinners are not eligible.


​​​​​​​REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS
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 by a Peabody ensemble in either a rehearsal or performance.

DeLillo Composition Competition

2022 Prize Winners

1st Prize - Zhishu Chang, Into the Red
2nd Prize - Andrew Burke, Juniper

ELIGIBILITY
Any Conservatory student enrolled in a degree program for composition major study during the 2021-2022 academic year. Students not currently enrolled in lessons are not eligible to compete. Previous first-prize winners are not eligible. This competition is held every other year.

Sylvia Green Voice Competition

Sylvia Green Voice Competition
​​​​​​​The Sylvia Green Voice Competition is held every other year and will be held in the 2021-2022 academic year.

2022 Prize Winners

1st Prize - Helena Colindres
2nd Prize - Syrena Torres
3rd Prize - Manli Deng

ELIGIBILITY
​​​​​​​Any Conservatory voice major enrolled in a degree or certificate program with junior status or higher during the 2021-2022 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. It is expected that students will seek the advice of their major teachers on their suitability to take part in the competition and on the choice of program.

​​PRIZES
1st Prize- $2,000
2nd Prize- $1,000
3rd Prize- $500