the Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship Foundation
Ronald DiPanni, Contact
55 Tremont St. (401) 942-2342, 241-5466
Cranston, RI 02920
Annual. Purpose: Scholarships to young American opera
singers for Vocal study. Eligibility: American opera singers,
21-33 years old; birth certificate proof of American citizenship; no green cards. Prizes: Over $15,000 in scholarships.
Deadline: 2019 TBD; 2018 Nov. 15. Competition: 2019
TBD; 2018 Oct.-Dec. Entrance Fee: $20.
Bellini International Vocal Competition (Sponsored by
Dr. Salvatore Moltisanti, Pres.
Maestro Marcello Abbado, Jury Chm.
Michael Yasenak, Dir.
568 Grand St., Penthouse 2001 (212) 387-0111
New York, NY 10002
Annual. Purpose: To play a meaningful role in the discovery
& support of talented artists; dedication, hard work
& discipline on the part of the competitors will be
recognized by a distinguished international jury, with the
hope that all of the efforts will ensure the future of fine
music for everyone. Eligibility: Singers from all over the
worldSoprano, Tenor, Mezzo-Soprano, Baritone, Contralto,
Bass, Countertenor, Jazz, Blues, Gospel; no age limit.
Prizes: New York Carnegie Weill Hall concert debut along
with additional concert engagements, CD recording,
scholarships. Deadline: Mar. 15, 2019. Competition: July
20-25, 2019; specific dates will be assigned to each
musician (not required to stay throughout the duration of
the competition). Entrance Fee: 150 euros for individuals.
Bösendorfer & Yamaha uSASu International Piano
Dr. Baruch Meir
ASU School of Mus., PO Box 0405 (480) 965-8740
Tempe, AZ 85287-0405
Biennial. Purpose: To assist young pianists in developing
international careers. Eligibility: Pianists of any nationality,
ages 19-32 (Bösendorfer Competition), 16-18 (Yamaha
Senior Competition), 13-15 (Yamaha Junior Competition).
Prizes: Bösendorfer(1st) $15,000 David Katzin Award,
solo recital in an important venue sponsored by Bösendorfer, concerto performances with The Phoenix Symph.
(honorarium of $2000, travel & hotel expenses); (2nd)
$10,000;(3rd) $5000. Yamaha Senior(1st) $4000; (2nd)
$2000; (3rd) $1000. Yamaha Junior(1st) $4000, (2nd)
$2000; (3rd) $1000. Gold, silver, & bronze medals will be
awarded for each competition. Deadline: Nov. 5, 2018 (
application & materials received by). Competition: Jan. 13-
20, 2019 (ASU, Tempe). Entrance Fee: $150 (Yamaha),
Bridges: A Jazz & Classical Fusion Composition
Competition (Ravinia Festival Steans Music Institute)
Molly Sender, Contact
418 Sheridan Rd. (847) 266-5106
Highland Park, IL 60035 twitter.com/raviniafestival
Eligibility: Composers of any nationality 18-30 years old;
works for string quartet & jazz trio. Prizes: David Baker Prize
of $7500. Deadline: Feb. 1, 2019 (no paper applications).
Competition: Winners notified on Mar. 1, 2019.
William C. Byrd International Young Artist Competition
for Piano (Sponsored by the St. Cecilia Society of
Mrs. Carol Hintermam, Chm., St. Cecilia Society
c/o Flint Institute of Mus.
1025 E. Kearsley St., Flint, MI 48503 (810) 964-9399
Annual. For piano (2019), strings (2020), winds & brass
(2021) and voice (2022), . Purpose: To annually provide
a competition with performance opportunities designed to
help launch musical careers. Eligibility: Musicians should
be no more than 30 years old on the competition date
(no more than 34 years old for voice competition only).
Prizes: (1st) $6000 & appearance with Flint Symph. Orch.;
(2nd) $2500; $1000 each for all other (three) finalists.
Deadline: Jan. 7, 2019 (received by the Byrd Committee).
Competition: Mar. 2, 2019. Entrance Fee: $75 (additional
fee of $200 if an official St. Cecilia Society accompanist
will be used).
CBu High School Composer Contest
Dr. Josh Rodriguez
8432 Magnolia Ave. (951) 552-8161
Riverside, CA 92504
First time, special event which may be repeated next year.
Purpose: To connect with talented young composers
who are interested in studying composition (including
contemporary classical, filmscoring, arranging, &
songwriting) in a competitive liberal Arts program.
Eligibility: All high school students currently residing in the
US. Prizes: (1st) Two lessons with members of the CBU
Collinsworth School of Music (CBU CSM) composition
faculty & a $40,000 scholarship over four years to study
composition at CBU; (2nd) two lessons with members of
the CBU CSM composition faculty & a $30,000 scholarship
over four years to study composition at CBU; (3rd) One
lesson with a member of the CBU CSM composition
faculty & a $20,000 scholarship over four years to study
composition at CBU. Honorable Mentions are invited to a
free lesson with a member of the CBU CSM composition
faculty. Deadline: 2019 TBD; 2018 Mar. 1. Competition:
Mar. 2, 2019. Entrance Fee: None.
CIPC for Young Artists
Pierre van der Westhuizen, Pres. & CEO
20600 Chagrin Blvd., Suite 1110 (216) 707-5397
Shaker Heights, OH 44122 twitter.com/clevelandpiano
Quadrennial. Purpose: International competition & institute
designed to hone the performance skills of young pianists.
Eligibility: Ages 12-17 as of June 9, 2018. Prizes: Senior
Divison, (1st) $25,000; (2nd) $10,000; (3rd) $5000. Junior
Division, (1st) $10,000; (2nd) $5000; (3rd) $2500. Deadline:
TBD. Competition: TBD 2019. Entrance Fee: $150.
CRS National Festival for the Performing Arts
Caroline Hunt, Sec’y
724 Winchester Rd., Broomall, PA 19008 (610) 205-9897
Annual. Purpose: To host an intensive schedule of gifted
artist performances/rehearsals (July 3-17) & complete a
commemorative recording featuring competition participants, composers, soloists, orchestra members; special
chamber music, dance, art & literature are considered for
recognition at the festival. Eligibility: No age restrictions.
Prizes: A limited number of fellowships/recording contracts
& opportunities for national appearances/artist representation, open to early application response. Deadline: Aug.
30 annually. Competition: TBD 2019. Entrance Fee: $95.
(Inquiries with self-addressed stamped envelope or visit
Web page for application to Event Calendar).
Canada Council for the Arts/Conseil des Arts du
PO Box 1047, 150 Elgin St. (613) 566-4414 x 5060
Ottawa, ON, Canada K1P 5V8
Purpose: The Canada Council for the Arts provides
grants & services to professional Canadian artists &
arts organizations in dance, media arts, music, theatre,
creative writing & publishing, inter-arts, & visual arts.
Eligibility: Professional artists in one of the above artistic
fields can apply. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or
permanent residents of Canada. Non-profit arts organizations that are staffed by arts professionals who create
artistic works or present them to the Canadian public are
also eligible, as are professional publishing houses. The
Canada Council defines a professional artist as someone
who has specialized training in the field (not necessarily
in academic institutions), who is recognized as such by
her or his peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition) & has a history of public presentation in professional
contexts. Prizes: The Canada Council also recognizes distinguished achievement through a number of prestigious
prizes (contact Arts Services Unit for more information).
Deadline: Varies, depending on type of grant or prize.
(Contact Arts Services Unit for more information.)
Competition: TBD 2019.
Canadian International Organ Competition (Concours
international d’orgue du Canada)
Jean-Willy Kunz, Art. Dir.
Thomas Leslie, Exec. Dir.
606 Cathcart, Suite 335 (514) 510-5678
Montréal,, QC, Canada H3B 1K9 twitter.com/CIOCM
Triennial, with organ festival each year between the
competition. Purpose: To promote the organ as a major
instrument in the world of music & to contribute to the
development of the careers of young organists. The
Competition, by showcasing these impressive instruments
in their historically beautiful settings, plays an important
role in emphasizing the value of our heritage, & recognizing
Montréal as a major North American center for pipe organ
music. Eligibility: Organists of all nationalities under age 35
at the time of the Competition. Prizes: (1st) CAD 25,000,
career management services through Karen McFarlane
Artists Agency, ATMA Classique CD recording; (2nd)
CAD 15,000; (3rd) CAD 10,000; Bach Prize, CAD 5000;
RCCO Canadian Composition Prize, CAD 5000; Richard
Bradshaw Audience Prize, CAD 5000. Deadline: Jan. 31,
2020. Competition: Oct. 2020 (Montréal). Entrance Fee:
Carmel Music Society Competition
Anne Thorp, Chair
PO Box 22783, Carmel, CA 93922 (831) 625-9938
Biennial. For pianists. Purpose: To give young artists ready
to launch their careers an opportunity to perform a full-length recital in a 670-seat concert hall as part of the
Carmel Music Society season. Eligibility: Resident or
full-time student or born in states of California, Oregon
or Washington. Prizes: (1st) $3000 Grand Prize & $2000
contract to perform the following season; (2nd) $2000;
(3rd) $1500; remaining three finalists, each a $500 prize.
Deadline: Feb. 11, 2020. Competition: May 30-31, 2020.
Entrance Fee: $75.
Pete Carpenter Fellowship
Anne Cecere, Dir.
c/o BMI Foundation
7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich St.
New York, NY 10007 twitter.com/bmifoundation
Annual. Purpose: To foster the creative & professional
development of aspiring film, television, &/or video game
composers. Eligibility: Pursuing a career in television,
film, &/or video game composition; must be a US citizen
or resident with a valid visa or green card, & eligible for
employment during the residency period; see website for
age requirements. Prizes: $2000; the fellowship is a one-
month, full-time training program, & candidates must be
able to adjust their schedules accordingly. Deadline: To
be announced. Competition: May 30-31, 2020. Entrance
teresaCarreño International Piano Competition
6625 Miami Lakes Drive E., Suite 240 (786) 581-7743
Miami Lakes, FL 33014
Triennial. Purpose: Promote the name of Teresa CarreÒo
and encourage an appreciation for her work as well as
other Ibero-American composers. Eligibility: Pianists
18-32 years old. Prizes: (1st) $12,000, two years of free
management services; (2nd) $8000; (3rd) $4000; (4th,
5th, 6th) $500 each. Deadline: Dec. 15, 2019. Competition:
May 3-10, 2020. Entrance Fee: $125.
Chamber Music in Yellow Springs Annual Competition
(for Emerging Professional Ensembles)
Dr. Christopher Chaffee, Competition Committee Co-Chair
PO Box 448, Yellow Springs, OH 45387 (937) 374-8800
Annual. Purpose: To assist outstanding young chamber
ensembles in gaining recognition, to promote appreciation
of diverse ensembles, & to encourage exploration of new
or lesser-known repertoire. Eligibility: Open to instrumental
ensembles of 3 to 6 players (average age 30 or under),
with no more than one member who has previously
performed for a concert sponsored by Chamber Music in
Yellow Springs. Prizes: $4000, $3000. Deadline: Jan. 30,
2019. Competition: Apr. 28, 2019 (finals). Entrance Fee:
the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Elise L.
Suzanne Davidson, Exec. Dir.
70 Lincoln Center Plaza (212) 875-5775
New York, N Y 10023-6582
Biennial. For chamber music composition. Purpose: The
Prize is awarded in recognition of achievement in the field
of chamber music composition rather than for a specific
work. Prizes: $25,000. Competition: Apr. 28, 2019 (finals).
the Chappaqua Orchestra International Concerto
David Restivo, Exec. Dir.
PO Box 461 (845) 842-0010
Chappaqua, NY 10514 twitter.com/chappaquaorch
Annual. Purpose: To provide an opportunity for a student to
perform with a professional orchestra in the New York City
area & receive a financial prize with the possibility to have
the performance played on a nationwide radio broadcast.
Eligibility: Junior Division, ages 12-17; limited to NY, CT &
NJ, MA & PA; high school seniors who turn 18 before the
audition date may participate in the Junior Division. Senior
Division, ages 18-25; no geographical limitations.
Competition: Winners announced on Chappaqua Orchestra’s
website in Apr..
Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition
Donald Buxton www.chambermusiccompetition.org
PO Box 461, Easton, MD 21601 (410) 819-0380
Biennial. Purpose: To offer emerging ensembles new
performance opportunities, financial rewards, & enhanced
credentials. Eligibility: Instrumental ensembles of 3-
5 members; average ages of ensemble to be less than
31. Prizes: (Gold) $10,000, plus performance at the
Chesapeake Chamber Mus. Festival; (Silver) $5000;
additional cash awards & performance opportunities to be
announced. Deadline: Nov. 2020. Competition: Apr. 2020.
Entrance Fee: $30 per ensemble member.
Classics Alive Young Artists Auditions
22550 Flamingo St (818) 992-0625
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
Annual. Purpose: To offer performance opportunities
for young instrumentalists & to offer career advice &
development for winners. Eligibility: Instrumentalists in the
following categories: Piano, Strings, Woodwinds, Brass,
Plucked Instruments (guitar, harp, etc.) & Ensembles;
four age divisions, from ages 5-30; competitors must
reside in the US or study with a teacher in the US &
meet the age requirements for their respective divisions;
applicants cannot be under US management, but may
have management abroad. Prizes: Solo performance
opportunities with participating orchestras & concert series
in the Emerging Artists Partnership Program; up to $5000
in cash prizes; management contract with Classics Alive
Artists. Competition: Aug. 2019 (Final Round). Entrance
Fee: $45-$85 (depending on the age category).
Cleveland International Piano Competition
Yaron Kohlberg, Pres. & CEO
20600 Chagrin Blvd., Suite 1110 (216) 707-5397
Shaker Heights, OH 44122 twitter.com/clevelandpiano
Quadrennial. Purpose: International competition & festival
presenting solo, chamber music, & concerto performances
by the contestants; guest artist recitals; films; discussion
groups; & social events. Eligibility: Ages 18-30. Prizes:
Mixon First Prize, $75,000; (2nd) $25,000; (3rd) $15,000;
(4th) $10,000; numerous special prizes. Deadline: Nov. 26,
2019 Competition: July 26-Aug. 9, 2020
Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition
Jacques Marquis, Pres. & CEO, The Cliburn
The Cliburn, 201 Main St., Suite 100 (817) 738-6536
Fort Worth, TX 76102 twitter.com/ TheCliburn
Quadrennial. Purpose: To encourage & reward excellent
musicmaking in outstanding non-professional pianists.
Eligibility: Amateur pianists at least 35 years old whose
principal source of income is not derived from piano
performance or teaching piano; previous first-prize
winners of the competition are not eligible. Prizes: (1st)
$2000; (2nd) $1500; (3rd) $1000. Deadline: Mar. 2020.
Competition: May 24-30, 2020. Entrance Fee: $100.