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Competitions Currently Accepting Applications

VSA International Young Soloists Award Program
Kennedy Center

Date: Annual
2017 Application Deadline: February 8
2017 Competition Dates: May 24-25
Location: Washington, DC

Each year, a select number of outstanding young musicians with disabilities, ages 14-25, from around the world receive the VSA International Young Soloists Award. These emerging musicians win a $2,500 prize, professional development experiences, and the opportunity to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Started by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith in 1984, the program, open to musicians of any instrument or genre, has provided opportunities for hundreds of emerging young musicians with disabilities.

All genres of music are accepted, including but not limited to classical, jazz, hip-hop, rap, rock/alt rock, pop, indie, bluegrass, folk, country, R&B/blues, Latin, and World.

To Apply: See site for guidelines and to submit an online application.

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Washington International Competition for Piano

Date: Annual (2016 was for Singers)
2017 Application Deadline: February 15
2017 Competition Dates: June 3-4
Location: Washington, DC

The 2017 64th Annual Washington International Competition for Piano will take place on June 3 and 4, 2017. Semifinals will be at the University of the District of Columbia Music Department, 4200 Connecticut Avenue, Washington, DC 20008 on Saturday, June 3 from 9:30-5:00 pm. The finals will be on Sunday, June 4 in the UDC Theatre for the Arts from 2:00-5:00 pm.


  • First Prize‚ÄĒ$10,000
  • Second Prize‚ÄĒ$5,000
  • Third Prize‚ÄĒ$3,000
  • Three Finalist Prizes‚ÄĒ$1,000
  • Audience Prize‚ÄĒ$1,000

Performance Awards:

  • Solo appearance with the FMMC Avanti Orchestra
  • Solo recital in Washington, DC (Alice Nagle Fund)

To Apply: Please see URL listed above for details regarding location, judges, and application instructions. All application materials are available at

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Vocal Awards Competition – PARTNERS for the Arts

Date: Annual
2017 Application Deadline: February 17
2017 Competition Date: April 7-8
Location: Alexandria, VA

PARTNERS for the Arts will hold its 5th Annual Opera Awards Competition April 7 and 8, 2017, in search of opera’s rising stars.  It will consist of a preliminary round and a final round.  Both rounds of the competition will take place in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.  The judges will come from prominent opera companies that are partnering with us.

Eligibility: As of 2017, all singers, whether or not under artist management, are invited to enter the Competition.

  • Emerging Artist Applicants must be between the ages of¬†25 and 35¬†at the date of the competition‚ÄďApril 7, 2017.
  • Promising Young Singers must be between the age of¬†21 and 24¬†at the date of the competition‚ÄďApril 7, 2017.
  • Non-U.S. citizens must show proof of legal residency in the United States or proof of full-time enrollment in a university, college, or conservatory in the United States before being permitted to enter the competition. Federal and Virginia state laws require that tax be withheld on money won as prizes by non-U.S. citizens.
  • Applicants must be able to attend the semifinal and the final rounds of the competition.
  • Winners must be present to receive a competition prize on the day of the final round. Nonparticipation¬†in the awards ceremony by a winner will constitute cancellation of the prize.
  • Applicants selected for an award will be invited to perform at a future¬†PARTNERS¬†for the Arts, Inc.¬†event and remunerated.


  • Emerging Artist Awards ‚Äď ages 25 to 35:¬†First Prize: $7,000; Second Prize: $3,000; Third Prize: $1,500; Honorable Mention: $1,000; Encouragement Award to other finalists: $300
  • Promising Young Artist Awards ‚Äď ages 21 to 24:¬†First Prize: $1,500; Second Prize: $1,000

To Apply: Submit application form, fee, and required materials:

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Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition

Date: Annual
2017 Application Deadline: February 24
2017 Competition Dates: April 29 (Semi-finals); April 30 (Finals)
Location: Annapolis, MD

Eligibility: Applicants must be at least 20 and no more than 35 years of age as of April 1 of the competition year and be residents, students or working in Maryland, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, Virginia or West Virginia or students attending Westminster Choir College or Rutgers at New Brunswick.

Application Instructions: See site listed above.

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Sue Goetz Ross Student Competition for Voice

Date: Annual
2017 Application Deadline: February 25
2017 Competition Date: March 11
Location: Bethesda, MD
URL: (scroll down towards the bottom for information regarding this specific competition)

The 2017 Sue Goetz Ross Memorial Competition for voice students ages 17 to 22 will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2017, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Bethesda Presbyterian Church, 7611 Clarendon Road, Bethesda, MD.


  • First Prize: $1000
  • Second Prize: $700
  • Third Prize: $500

Repertoire: Three selections of contrasting style and period, memorized:

  • Early Italian Art Song
  • Aria ‚Äď Opera or Oratorio in original language
  • Contemporary English or American Art Song

To Apply:¬†A $35 non-refundable application fee is required. You may pay by check payable to ‚ÄúFriday Morning Music Club‚Ä̬†and submit with your application form. To pay the application fee online, please click on the ‚ÄúPay Now‚ÄĚ button via the URL listed above. Deadline for¬†applications is February 25, 2017. No express mail will be accepted. Please contact Mira Yang regarding any questions at¬†

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Astral Artists Auditions

Date: Annual
2017 Application Deadline: March 8
Location: Philadelphia, PA

Winners are invited onto Astral’s roster in fulfillment of Astral’s mission to discover the most promising classical musicians residing in the United States, assist their early professional career development, and present their world-class artistry to the community through concerts and engagement programs.

Astral provides individually tailored services that include but are not limited to:

  • career guidance and practical advice in all areas of professional development.
  • recital, chamber, and concerto performances on Astral’s acclaimed concert series.
  • collaborations with world-renowned musicians.
  • auditions for major presenters, managers, and conductors.
  • world premieres of new compositions commissioned for the artists by Astral.
  • extensive community engagement training and performances.

Applicants must provide:

  • A completed online application which also includes:
  • A $75 non-refundable fee
  • 3 high-quality¬†audio files

Further details regarding the application process and timeline are provided on the URL listed above.


  • 2017 National Auditions exclude soprano, mezzo-soprano, contralto, tenor, baritone, bass-baritone, and bass; duos that include piano; percussion; and ensembles that include percussion.
  • Applicants need not be citizens of the United States. However,¬†applicants must reside in, and be legally eligible to perform and be compensated in the contiguous United States¬†(the 48 states that do not include Hawaii and Alaska, and territories of the United States).
  • Applicants must be available to perform on the Astral 2017 Winners Concert in Philadelphia on October 10, 2017 and remain in Philadelphia for orientation through October 12.
  • Applicants may be under professional management.
  • Ensembles must demonstrate that¬†they have been a pre-formed group for at least 2 years.
  • Prizes are not awarded at the auditions; winners are invited to join Astral‚Äôs artist roster.
  • There is no limit to the number of artists to be invited onto Astral‚Äôs roster.
  • The panel has the right to recommend no artists, and all decisions are final.
  • Applicants in each round¬†compete with all disciplines for acceptance onto Astral‚Äôs roster. ¬†The panel may select no applicants of a given category¬†to advance to each subsequent round.
  • Astral encourages applications for participation in its artistic programs from all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected status.

Please Note:

  • Submission of an application does not guarantee acceptance for a live audition.
  • All panel reviews and decisions are final.
  • Feedback from the application round cannot be provided.
  • The application fee will not be refunded.

To Apply: See URL listed above.

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Mary Graham Lasley Scholarship Competition

Date: Annual
2017 Application Deadline: March 9
2017 Competition Date: March 26
Location: Alexandria, VA

Now in its 41st year, the Mary Graham Lasley Scholarship Competition encourages young performing artists in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. In the 1980s, Mary Graham Lasley was a major figure in the musical world of Metropolitan Washington, D.C., and was active on the boards of the Washington Opera Guild, the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra and the Alexandria Symphony Guild, predecessor of today’s Symphony Orchestra League of Alexandria, Inc., known as SOLA. In tribute to her contributions, her family and friends established a trust in her memory upon her death in 1984. The Trust and SOLA support the annual Competition.

The MGL competition will take place on¬†Sunday, March 26, 2017 on the Northern Virginia Community College Alexandria Campus ‚Äď Tyler Building 3001 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22302

For strings, winds, piano, and percussion ‚Äď Each contestant must perform a significant movement of a concerto or work of equal difficulty composed for solo instrument and orchestra accompaniment. Performance time is limited to 15 minutes or less for each contestant. The composition must be performed from memory. Concert dress is required. The competition is limited to fifteen (15) students,

Purpose: To encourage and foster the development of student performing artists in the Commonwealth of Virginia, District of Columbia and State of Maryland.

Awards: Cash prizes of $2,500, $2,000 and $1,500 will be awarded with the opportunity for one of the winners to be invited to solo with the orchestra or a chamber group at the discretion of the Music Director. Judges will have the option of naming one, two or three winners. Winners will be announced at the close of the competition, and applicants are encouraged to stay for awards ceremony photos.

Eligibility: Any current full-time graduate or undergraduate student of music who either: attends any college, university or conservatory in the Commonwealth of Virginia, District of Columbia or State of Maryland OR is a legal resident of Virginia, D.C. or Maryland currently studying elsewhere is eligible. Previous competitors, except first place winners, are eligible. Students whose résumé does not reflect sufficient performing experience may not be accepted for the competition. Contestants may not be more than 25 years of age as of March 26, 2017.

Judges To be selected by SOLA Scholarship Committee. Judges’ decisions will be final.


1. Composition must be performed from memory.
2. Applicant must provide 3 copies of full score sheet music for judges. Name of competitor, teacher or school may not appear on copies.
3. Contestant must provide his/her own accompanist. Rehearsal rooms will be available prior to performing.
4. Applications must be postmarked no later than March 9, 2017.

Fee:¬†A nonrefundable entry fee of $25 payable to ‚ÄúSOLA‚ÄĚ must accompany the application form.

To Apply: Please see the site listed above to download and print the application for mail entry.  Send applications to MGL Scholarship, SOLA, P. O. Box 25993, Alexandria, VA 22313. Please note that students and teachers must complete the printed application. Online applications will receive an e-mail to verify submission. This will be accepted as a digital signature. Online applicants should be able to present their Social Security number if they win an award. The deadline for application is March 9, 2017 and competition will be based upon the date of receipt of application. If you have questions, email Susan Sticha at

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Wonderlic Competition for Voice or Piano

Date: Annual. 2018 Competition will be for Piano (alternates annually between voice and piano).
2017 Application Deadline: March 16
2017 Competition Dates: April 7 (Preliminary Round) & April 22 (Final Round)
Location: Baltimore, MD

Established in 1990 through a bequest of the late Russell C. Wonderlic, this competition alternates annually between voice and piano and has helped many young artists launch international music careers. Each year Community Concerts presents the finalists in recital at one of its afternoon concerts. Finalists will compete for top honors and cash awards of $1,500 , $1,000 and $500. Pianists Awadagin Pratt and Eric Zuber and soprano Hyunah Yu are prominent past winners. The 2018 competition is for piano. 2019 will be for voice.

Prizes: 1st Р$1,500; 2nd Р$1,000; 3rd Р$500.

To Apply: See site listed above for eligibility and application information.

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Competitions Not Yet Accepting Applications

Kennett Symphony Voice Competition

Date: Annually
Competition Date: 2017 Date was Dec. 9
Application Deadline: 2017 Deadline was Nov. 25
Location: Kennett Square, PA


  • The competition is for gifted singers age 18-26 as of January 1.
  • Competitors must perform three operatic, oratorio, or concert arias/songs for voice and orchestra in the original language by three different composers, at least one in English, and all from memory. Include one 18th century, one 19th century, and one 20th‚Äď21st century piece.
  • Performer must provide 3 copies of audition music. This music should not be mailed in with the application. Please bring it with you to the competition.
  • Performer must provide accompanist


  • First Prize: $1,000 and a solo performance with the Kennett Symphony.
  • Second Prize: $300
  • Third Prize: $100

To Apply:¬†Download the 2017 Application Form. $35 application fee. Auditorium time restraints limit the number of performers. Postmark dates on the submission of the application will be used to prioritize the applications – those coming after all available timeslots are filled will be added to a standby list on a first come-first serve basis.¬†Note from PCS: Be sure to include a one-page resume with your application even if it isn’t required.

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Howard County Rising Star Award Competition

Date: Annual
Application Deadlines: 2015 Deadline was October 1 (no application fee); November 2 ($10 application fee)
Location: Columbia, MD
Award: $5,000

Follow the Rising Star section within the above link for specific eligibility requirements. In sum, the Rising Star Award competition is open to individual performing artists and members of small ensembles, ages 18-35, who live, train, work, or perform regularly in Howard County or have done so in the past. Up to ten individuals and/or group finalists will perform at the Arts Council’s annual benefit gala,¬†Celebration of the Arts in Howard County, held at HCC’s Peter and Elizabeth Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center in Columbia, MD on the evening of March 19, 2016.

The event audience of over 500 artists, arts patrons, business and political representatives, and other community members will then vote for their favorite performer. The winner of the popular vote will receive the $5,000 Rising Star Emerging Performing Artist Award on stage that night.

To Apply:  See the link above for Application Guidelines and more information

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Vocal Arts DC Young Artists Competition

Date: Annual
2016 Application Deadline: March 25 (postmark date)
2016 Competition Date: May 14
Location: Washington, DC (Music Department of George Washington University in Foggy Bottom)

Each year, Vocal Arts DC has holds a vocal competition open to all singers who are residents of the greater DC area, including Baltimore and Annapolis, as well as Pennsylvania and Delaware.

Application Process: Singers are asked to send a CD by mail for review along with a sample program that the singer is prepared to perform in recital. The CD must contain a total of 4 songs in 4 different languages (one must be in English). The CDs will be reviewed in a blind audition. From there, finalists will be selected for a live audition. Finalists will be notified in mid-April, and final auditions will be held on the Foggy Bottom campus of George Washington University on May 14, 2016 between late morning and mid-afternoon. Singers interested in entering the competition should download the application form available from the URL listed above. Further application details can be found on the application form. If any questions arise, please contact Peter Russell, General Director, by phone at (202) 669-1463 or

Prizes: The first prize winner will receive $7,000, and will be presented in recital by Vocal Arts DC in a prestigious Washington, DC venue during the spring of 2016. The second prize winner will receive $3,000, and will also receive an opportunity to be presented as part of a Washington, DC recital.

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US Army Band National Collegiate Solo Competition

Date: Annual
2016 Application Deadline: March 25
2016 Competition Date: June 9-10
Location: Washington, DC

Enter to win a chance to perform as the featured soloist with The U.S. Army Concert Band! The 2016 National Collegiate Solo Competition winner will perform on the West Steps of the U.S. Capitol and other Washington, DC-area venues the weekend of June 9-10, 2016.


Fill-in the form, save it to your computer and then e-mail the PDF form to:

Your application and links to your digital entries must be received by March 25, 2016

General Rules and Requirements:

  • Open to woodwind, brass, and percussion instrumentalists currently enrolled in a college, university, or conservatory in the United States.
  • Please complete the fillable .pdf to include with ALL submitted materials.
  • The U.S. Army Band (TUSAB) now accepts recorded entries through online file-sharing services. TUSAB will not provide this service; participants will use their own accounts and share links with the competition coordinator.
  • Participants can choose to submit a recording via email or by regular mail.
  • Hard copies will be in CD format only; digital uploads should be MP3, WAVE, or AIFF format.
  • Repertoire selected by applicant must exist as a published band arrangement.

Age Requirements: Must be age 27 years or under by January 1, 2016.

Save the Date: Competition participants must be available to perform his/her solo with The U.S. Army Concert Band in Washington, DC, on June 9 and 10, 2016.

Application Procedures:

  • Materials must be received by Friday, March 25, 2016 (not a postmark date).
  • Submit a recording (file or CD) of applicant performing up to two movements of a musical selection with piano accompaniment.
  • For online submissions, make your last name part of the file name (i.e. lafosse.aif). Put all other information in the comments field.
  • Label CD with applicant‚Äôs name, title, mailing address, phone number, and email address.
  • Recordings will not be returned.

Questions: Please contact Staff Sergeant Leigh Lafosse

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Concert Artist Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition

Date: Annually in the spring
2016 Application Deadline: April 1 (earlybird) or April 16 (final)
Location: New York, NY

An annual competition open to instrumentalists and chamber ensembles performing classical and non-traditional repertoire. All winners receive a management contract with CAG and a New York recital. Additional prizes include BMI Commissioning Prize, Sylvia Ann Hewlett Adventurous Artist Prize, Naxos Recording Prize, and more.

The 2015 competition is closed to singers and the following: solo harpischord, early music forte-piano, organ, two-piano duo (four-hand piano duos may apply), saxophone quartet.

Musicians with North American management are not eligible. Ensembles should have been in existence with the same membership for at least 12 months prior to the competition.

Suggested age limit is 30 for instrumentalists and ensembles (average age). Instrumentalists over 30 or ensembles with an average age over 30 must include a letter explaining why they consider themselves to be in the early stages of a professional career.

To Apply: See for application information and additional guidelines.

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APAP Young Performers Career Advancement Program

Date: Annual
2016 Application Deadline: July 21
Location: New York, NY

The Young Performers Career Advancement Program (YPCA) is a program of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) Classical Connections initiative designed to support classical musicians in the formative stages of their careers by offering opportunities to meet and work with established presenters, managers, agents and artists.

YPCA participants will attend intensive, specialized seminar activities at APAP|NYC 2017, where they will learn to set goals for longterm career development and create networking resources that last for an entire career. These sessions provide a practical overview of the presenting and touring industry and expert instruction in the development of audience engagement skills.

In addition to free access to APAP|NYC 2017, the world’s largest performing arts conference, all YPCA participants will perform at¬†Weill¬†Recital¬†Hall¬†at¬†Carnegie¬†Hall in front of global arts leaders, performing arts presenters, managers, record company representatives and agents.

Eligibility. Selected YPCA 2017 participants must:

  1. YPCA artists must be represented, by a professional artist manager, agent, personal representative or an equivalent support structure, at the time of submitting this application. Agent/managers may represent multiple artist or ensemble applicants, but only two artists or ensembles max will be selected to participate from any one agency/management company (see selection process).
  2. The artist’s representative does not need to be an APAP member at the time of submission. However, if selected to participate in the program, representatives must become an APAP member by September 16, 2016. Current members must maintain their membership through January 2017.
  3. If selected, YPCA artists must ensure that their representative has registered for the APAP|NYC 2017 annual conference or will register by October 13, 2017.
  4. Artists can be a soloist, duos or any combination of artists comprising an established ensemble. The performers may be vocal or instrumental (electric or acoustic).
  5. Participants must be in the first ten (10) years of his/her professional performing career and characterized as a classical soloist/ensemble committed to a professional career as a performer(s).
  6. Artists should have experience touring, familiarity with the concert booking process in the U.S. and be fluent in English as all seminars will be conducted in English.
  7. Selected participants must be available to attend the entire YPCA program, including the showcase and reception at Carnegie Hall on January 9, 2017. APAP reserves the right to replace an artist or ensemble who cannot commit to the full program.

To Apply: Submit the completed application via our online system by 5 p.m.. EST on July 21, 2016. Applications will not be considered complete and therefore eligible without the following:

1. Recommendation from Representation
2. Artist Statement
3. Artist Bio
4. Performance History
5. Headshot
6. Resume
7. Live Recording CD (to be mailed)

Mail the live recordin‚Äčgs to:¬†Association of Performing Arts Presenters,¬†ATTN:¬†Danielle Rohar/YPCA,¬†1211 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 200,¬†Washington, DC 20036.¬†Live recordings may be *postmarked* by July 21 but it is preferable to submit them in time to reach the DC office by the deadline.

Questions? Contact Danielle Rohar, programs and resources associate,

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Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Association
Composition Competition

Date: Annual
2016 Application Deadline: August 5
Location: Mt. Vernon, VA

About the WMPA Composition Competition: Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic (WMP) is a 60-70 member semi-professional orchestra that performs in Washington, DC and Alexandria, Virginia ( For its tenth annual composition competition, the Philharmonic requests submission of scores as delineated below. One composition will be selected for performance during the 2016-17 season. The winner of the competition will receive the ‚ÄúU. S. James Competition Prize‚ÄĚ of $1,000.00.

Eligibility: The competition is open to composers of any age and whose permanent residence is in the Eastern States (ME, NH, VT, NY, MA, RI, CT, PA, NJ, DE, MD, DC, MI, OH, IN, WV, VA, KY, TN, NC, MS, AL, GA, SC, and FL). Compositions are to be received not later than July 15, 2016.

Criteria: A composition for symphony orchestra (not a concerto) must conform to the following: 15-25 minutes in length that employs the following instrumentation:

  • Minimum instrumentation: 2, 2, 2, 2 – 2, 2, 3, 0 – timpani, 1 percussion, strings
  • Maximum instrumentation: 2 flutes+piccolo, 2 oboes+English horn, 2 clarinets+bass clarinet, 2 bassoons+contrabassoon – 4, 3, 3, 1 – timpani, 3 percussion, harp, keyboard, strings
  • Only standard acoustical instruments are permitted (no tape or digital recordings, etc.)

Submission (no application fee required). A Submission must be received no later than Aug. 5, 2016 and include:

  • One copy of the score
  • A midi recording or actual performance recording
  • A written waiver (provided on the application form)
  • An information sheet with the work’s title, composer’s name, address, telephone number and email
  • If return of the score is desired, a self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage.

Send submission to:
Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic
PO Box 16442, Alexandria, VA 22302

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Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition

Date: Biennial
2016 Competition Application Deadline: November 30, 2015
Competition Dates: April 9 & 10, 2016
Location: Easton, MD

Eligibility: The Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition (CCMC) is open to acoustic instrumental ensembles. The ensemble must consist of 3 to 5 members. Members must be engaged in study and/or performance and must be pursuing a career in music. The ensemble may not have more than one piano. On the application deadline, the average of the ages of all members of the ensemble shall be less than 31 years, based on the actual birthdates of the ensemble members. Please contact CCMC if you have questions regarding eligibility.

Application: An entry application must be submitted for the ensemble with a postmark no later than the published deadline. The application shall identify each member of the ensemble, his or her age on the application deadline, and the instrument played. The application shall be accompanied by a payment of $30 for each ensemble member.

Audition CD: The application must be accompanied by 3 copies of an audition CD of the ensemble. The CD shall have a total playing time of approximately 30 minutes duration and shall contain at least two works of contrasting style and character. The composer and title of the works performed must be written on the CD, including the specific movements. The name of the ensemble or its members must NOT be on the CD.

Performance Competition: The applications will be evaluated to select the ensembles that will be invited to participate in a performance competition held before an audience in Easton, Maryland on a designated date, typically in March. Each selected ensemble shall be prepared at the competition to perform a complete program of its choice, provided that the program contains three works of contrasting style and character. The competition program must be no longer than 45 minutes. While it is anticipated that four or five ensembles will be invited to participate, the number of invitations shall be solely at the discretion of Chesapeake Chamber Music.

Prizes: Prizes will be announced at the conclusion of the performances. The Gold Medalist will be awarded the sum of $10,000 and the Silver Medalist the sum of $5,000. Additional cash prizes may also be offered. The Gold Medalist will also receive a concert appearance at the Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival, typically in June. Other concert appearances (with additional stipends) may also be awarded for June. Prizes may be distributed, divided, or withheld at the discretion of Chesapeake Chamber Music. All prizes are conditioned upon full compliance by the ensemble and each of its members with the rules and requirements of the Competition. Cash awards will be distributed no later than during the Festival.

Additional Requirements: Acceptance of the invitation to participate in the performance competition shall constitute agreement by the ensemble and each of its members to the terms below:

  • The ensemble shall participate in the competition on the designated date.
  • The ensemble shall be available on a subsequent designated date to offer one complete concert performance of approximately 60 minutes duration and render such performance, if requested.
  • If selected to perform at the Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival, the ensemble shall offer such performance on a designated date in June and be available on adjacent dates to offer additional performances in other concert series, if requested
  • Within 10 days of the invitation to participate in the performance competition, the ensemble shall submit a digital photograph and a brief biography of the ensemble and its members.
  • Chesapeake Chamber Music may, without condition or limitation, freely use such materials and any CD or online audition tool submitted with the application and may record any performances at the Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival or weekend of the Competition and shall have full rights of ownership in, and use of, such recorded performances.
  • Chesapeake Chamber Music may publish on its website a link to the ensemble’s official website.

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Ensemble Connect 2016-2018 Fellowship

Date: Biennial
2016 Fellowship Application Deadline: December 1, 2015
2016 Audition Dates: March 7-11
Location: New York, NY

Ensemble Connect is a two-year fellowship program for the finest young professional classical musicians in the United States that prepares them for careers combining musical excellence with teaching, community engagement, advocacy, music entrepreneurship, and leadership. It offers top-quality performance opportunities, intensive professional development, and the opportunity to partner throughout the fellowship with a New York City public school. Ensemble Connect selects up to 20 musicians every two years. Fellows are selected based on their musicianship; commitment to music education and audience engagement; leadership qualities; and aptitude for teamwork.

Applications will be accepted for the following instruments only: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, tenor trombone, percussion, piano, violin, viola, cello, and bass.

Requirements: Applicants must have earned at least an undergraduate degree or its equivalent by September 2016, with a graduate degree preferred. You cannot be enrolled in a degree program while participating in Ensemble Connect. (If you are a DMA candidate, you must have completed your course work.) International applicants must have graduated from an American educational institution and be fluent in English, both written and spoken. If you are an international applicant, please be sure to read the document on the application site listed above regarding visa information. Please see this above site for further requirements and responsibilities of this fellowship.

Compensation & Time Commitment: Fellows receive a stipend of $25,000 along with health benefits and access to rehearsal and performance facilities. The average time commitment by each fellow is approximately 20 hours per week.

To Apply: For more information, including detailed application instructions and repertoire information, please see the above site.

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Maryland Lyric Opera
Inaugural Vocal Competition 2016

Date Posted: Annual
Application Deadline: 2016 Deadline was May 1 (extended to May 8)
Competition Date: Semifinals- Wednesday July 27, 2016. Finals: August 7th, 2016.
Location: Hyattsville, MD
URL:  |

We believe that the individuality and the expressivity of the singers is the most important aspect of an operatic production. Therefore the goal of our competition is to choose the singers that best exemplify this philosophy. Once the finalists are selected our artistic staff will coach them for a week in these values. The final will be a gala concert accompanied by the MDLO Orchestra conducted by Glenn Quader. The awards encourage the development of those who are selected as finalists. The awards are as follows:

  • 1st place $10,000
  • 2nd place $7,500
  • Audience Prize $5,000
  • Remaining Finalists (7-8) $500


  • 3 Opera Arias (Audio only. Please do not put your name on the filename to maintain anonymity.)
  • Headshot
  • Resume
  • List 1-2 ensembles from the standard operatic repertoire you will be prepared to¬†sing, for possible inclusion in the final gala concert.
  • Application Fee – $65


  • There is no age limit, though we believe our target singers to be between 22 and 40 years of age.
  • Authorized to work in the US.

Application deadline including prescreening audio selections as well as all information is May 1st, 2016 at 11:50pm PDT.

This will be a blind audition. Applicants are asked not to include their name in the title of the audio files submitted through the application so as to ensure anonymity for the preliminary round of competition.

Semifinals: Wednesday July 27, 2016 in the Washington DC area. Finals: August 7th, 2016.

Pianist: Nicolas Catravas, MDLO Pianist in Residence

Following the semi-final round of competition, finalists are expected to remain and take part in a week-long preparatory period where they will be coached by the artistic staff headed by MDLO’s artistic director Henriette Lund and rehearse with other finalists in preparation for the final round of competition. This will include rehearsal with the MDLO Orchestra and conductor Glenn Quader. We will assist in finding housing in the Washington, DC area.

The final gala concert will take place on August 7th, 2016. Any questions are welcome and can be directed to

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Young Concert Artists Competition

Date: Annual
2016 Application Deadline: Early (live & recorded), Aug. 15. Final (live), Sept. 1; (recorded), Sept. 15
2016 Competition Dates: Preliminary Round, Sept 12-30; Semi-Finals, Oct. 31 РNov. 3; Finals, Nov. 5; Winners Recital, Nov. 7
Location: New York, NY

Young Concert Artists, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to discovering and developing the careers of extraordinary musicians from all over the world. Winners of the annual Young Concert Artists International Auditions are selected by a Jury of distinguished musicians. The criteria are exceptional musicianship, virtuosity, individuality, projection as a performer, and promise. The musicians compete against a standard of excellence, not each other.

Open for: Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Quartet, Piano Trio, Flute, Oboe, Horn, Trumpet, Woodwind Quintet, Brass Quintet, Voice, Guitar

See site for eligibility and application information:

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S&R Foundation Washington Award

Date: Annual
2016 Application Deadline: October 15
Location: Washington, DC

This award is presented to talented young artists in the fields of fine arts, music, drama, dance, photography, and film. The award is especially intended to encourage individuals who contribute to international cultural collaboration.

Each winner will be awarded a cash prize of $5,000. In addition, the Awards Committee may designate a Grand Prize winner who receives an additional $5,000 and will be eligible for a Foundation sponsored event showcasing the winner’s talents, such as a concert hall debut, gallery showing, or screening (depending on the artist’s medium and career goals).

Previous showcases supported by the Foundation have included debuts at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, the Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center, and recitals with the Washington Conservatory of Music, among others.


  • Applicant must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Applicant may not be enrolled either part-time, full-time, or finishing work in a degree-granting program.
  • Applicant must reside in the United States or Japan for one year in the past five years before applying for an Award.
  • Applicant must not have received an advanced level of recognition in his or her artistic discipline in the United States or Japan.
  • Applicant must have documented proof of having performed or exhibited during the past year.
  • Applicant must submit three (3) letters of recommendation from recognized authorities or professionals in the applicant’s discipline. The recommendations must be mailed with the application package.
  • Applications must be received by October 15 each year. All applications must include the following:
    • A completed application form.
    • The applicant’s biography and photograph.
    • A sample photograph, recording, or video tape of the applicant’s work.
      (See requirements for musicians.)
    • Three (3) letters of recommendation from recognized authorities or
      professionals in the applicant’s discipline.
    • The required essay.

To Apply: See the site listed above for eligibility, application guidelines, and instructions.

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Young Artist Competition
Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia

Date: Annual
2017 Application Deadline: Recorded Round, January 15, 2017 [Finalists must confirm intent and agreement to terms by February 5, 2017, and must confirm their program and accompanist information by February 19, 2017]
2017 Competition Dates:¬†Finals: March 17, 2017; Winners’ Recital: March 18, 2017
Location: West Chester, PA

Fees, Eligibility, Requirements, and Obligations: 

  • Entry Fee: $50 (does not include FSGP Membership Fee).¬†All Fees (Entry/Membership) are non-refundable.
  • The FSGP Young Artist Competition is open to flutists age 18-30 (as of March 18th, 2017).
  • All entrants must be members of the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia (may join with entry).
  • First Place Prize Winners from previous years are not eligible.
  • Young Artist Competition entrants may NOT also enter the Murray Panitz Memorial Scholarship Competition.
  • Finalists (and their pianists) must be available to perform for the adjudication panel on March 17th, 2017.
  • First, Second, and Third Place Prize Winners (and their pianists) must also be available to perform¬†on March 18th, 2017 at the¬†Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia‚Äôs Flute Fair¬† ‚ÄúWinners‚Äô Recital.”
  • Finalists are responsible for arranging and providing payment for their own pianists. Upon entry, the FSGP will provide a list of local pianists. It is each finalist‚Äôs responsibility to contact, determine availability for rehearsals and performances, and approve (for your own use) any pianists on the provided list. Finalists are also responsible for setting up any and all rehearsals with their collaborative pianists.

Prizes: First place: $1,000; Second place: $500; Third place: $250

Dates and Deadlines:

  • Before you can register, you must first create an account and become a FSGP member. When you fill out your membership profile, be sure to complete the “biography” field and upload your photo (this will be used in the program if you are selected as a finalist).
  • Complete the online registration forms by January 15th, 2017 (midnight EST) deadline.
  • Submit the preliminary recordings by¬†January 15th, 2017 (midnight EST) deadline.
  • Finalists (up to six) and Alternates (up to two) will be notified by January 30th, 2017.
  • Finalists are required to submit the completed¬†Confirmation of Intent and Agreement to Terms and Conditions¬†form by February 5th, 2017 (midnight EST). This form will be made available in an online format.
  • Finalists are required to submit the name and contact information for their collaborative pianists, along with their choice of sonata to¬†¬†Cindy Anne Broz¬†for the live Final Round by February 19th, 2017.
  • The Final Round will be held on March 17th, 2017.
  • The ‚ÄúWinners‚Äô Recital‚ÄĚ will be held on March 18th, 2017 during the FSGP Flute Fair.

Note:¬†Failure to meet any of the above deadlines may result forfeitures of “Finalist” or “Alternate” positions should you be selected for the live “Final Round.”

To Apply: See site listed above for further details application instructions.

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