International Keyboard Institute & Festival
Jerome Rose, Founder & Dir.
Julie Kedersha, Festival Dir.
229 W. 97 St., Suite 1B (212) 665-2446
New York, NY 10025
Annual. Purpose: To support & recognize the unique talents
of pianists participating in the Festival. Eligibility:
Registration & participation in the Festival. Prizes: $25,000 divided
by Jury discretion plus concert engagement in the following year’s Festival. Deadline: Apr. 15, 2019. Competition:
July 14-28, 2019. Entrance Fee: Registration plus tuition
International Society of Bassists Double Bass
Madeleine Crouch, ISB Gen. Mgr.
14070 Proton Rd., Suite 100 (972) 233-9107 x 204
Dallas, TX 75244-3601
Biennial. Eligibility: Solo, Jazz & Orchestral divisions (ages
19-30), plus Young Bassists 15-18, Young Bassists 14
& Under; also a biennial maker’s competition for new
double basses (no cash prize, medals & certificates).
Prizes: Solo, Jazz & Orchestral 19-30$2500, $1000, $750;
Young Bassists 15-18$1000, $500, $250; Young Bassists
14 & under$500, $250, $100. Prizes include additional
merchandise. Competition: June 3, 4, 2019 (Indiana Univ.,
International Violin Competition of Indianapolis
Glen Kwok, Exec. Dir.
32 E. Washington St., Suite 1320 (317) 637-4574
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Quadrennial. Purpose: To discover & launch the careers
of the finest young violinists in the world. Eligibility: For
violinists from age 16 through 29 years old prepared for
an international career. Prizes: Valued at over $250,000,
including US & international engagements; highlights
feature a 4-year loan of 1683 ex-Gingold Stradivari,
$30,000 USD award to Gold Medalist, 24k gold medal, & a
Carnegie Hall recital. Deadline: Feb. 28, 2022. Competition:
Sept. 2022. Entrance Fee: $125.
Iowa Piano Competition
Ryan Haskins, Mus. Dir. & Cond.. Sioux City Symph. Orch.
Travis Morgan, CEO www.iowapianocompetition.org
518 Pierce St., Sioux City, IA 51101 (712) 277-2111
Biennial. Purpose: To identify & nurture today’s upcoming
young piano talent. Eligibility: Pianists of all nationalities
between the ages of 18 & 35 at the time of the Competition.
Prizes: (1st) $7500; (2nd) $2750; (3rd) $1500; (4th) $1000;
(5th) $750; (6th) $500; all awards subject to US tax laws in
effect at the time of the Competition. Deadline: Oct. 2019.
Competition: Mar. 2020. Entrance Fee: $50.
Jensen Foundation Vocal Competition
Oliver Worthington, Pres.
Lisa V. Gray, Competition Dir.
c/o Foundation for the Carolinas
220 N. Tryon St. (704) 641-4691
Charlotte, NC 28202 twitter.com/JensenAuditions
Annual. Purpose: To support the most promising young
professionals in the field of opera. Eligibility: 25-35 years
old, US citizens or permanent legal residents, actively
pursuing a vocal career in opera. Prizes: (1st) $15,000;
(2nd) $10,000; (3rd) $7500; Munday Encouragement
Award, $3000; remaining finalists, $750. Deadline: Mar.
17, 2019. Competition: May 13-18, 2019 (New York City).
Entrance Fee: $25 non-refundable fee.
400 Sibley St., Suite 125 (651) 224-9431
St. Paul, MN 55101
Board meets four times a year; grant awards made yearly.
Purpose: To support the creation & production of new works
by emerging composers who are residents of Minnesota
& New York City. Eligibility: Emerging composers/non-profit musical organizations. Prizes: None. Deadline:
Grants to organizations are made in even years, grants to
individual artists are made in odd years. Check the Jerome
Foundation website for details. Competition: May 13-18,
2019 (New York City). Entrance Fee: None.
Johansen International Competition for Young String
Players (Sponsored by the Friday Morning Music
Club Foundation Inc.)
Harriet Kaplan, Admin. Dir.
Triennial. Purpose: To encourage young musicians with
significant prize awards at a time when they need it
mostwhen they must make decisions about whether to
continue with their dedication to music. Eligibility: Young
string players (violin, viola, cello), 13-17 years of age, not
under professional management. Prizes: Over $66,000
in prize money, plus possible performance opportunities.
Prizes awarded at the discretion of the judges. Separate
prizes awarded in each category. Deadline: Fall 2020.
Competition: Spring 2021 (Washington, DC). Entrance
Junior Peace and Music Ambassador
PO Box 2165, Southeastern, PA 19399 (484) 200-7400
Annual Purpose: The winners will be featured at our Peace
Concerts and will represent Harmony for Peace at musical
and cultural events, promoting world peace and friendship.
Eligibility: Open to strings, piano, brass/wind, voice and
orchestral concerto. Must be ages 11-18. Prizes: Upper
category (age 15-18): $300; Lower category (age 11-14):
$300; Orchestral concerto category: $1,000. Deadline: Feb.
28, 2019. Competition: Feb.-Mar. 2019. Entrance Fee: $50
Kaufman Music Center International Youth Piano
Igal Kesselman, Art. Dir.
129 W. 67 St., New York, NY 10023 (212) 501-3360
Biennial. Eligibility: Pianists up to age 10 (Junior Division
1), ages 11-14 (Junior Division 2), ages 15-18 (Senior
Division). Prizes: Junior Division 1, (1st) $500, (2nd) $350,
(3rd) $250; Junior Division 2, (1st) $1000, (2nd) $1000,
(3rd) $500; Senior Division, (1st) $5000; (2nd) $2500; (3rd)
$1000. Deadline: Mar. 1, 2019. Competition: June 18-23,
2019 (semifinal & final auditions); June 25, 2019 (winners
concert in Merkin Concert Hall). Entrance Fee: $120.
Olga Kern International Piano Competition
Olga Kern, Art. Dir. & Jury Pres.
Marian Tanau, Exec. Dir.
Danielle Frabut Garcia, Opns. Dir.
PO Box 14314 (505) 814-5355
Albuquerque,NM 87191-4314 twitter.com/olgakerncomp
Triennial. Purpose: To provide the venue for young pianists
to develop international careers through a competition that
is recognized globally for its value & excellence. Eligibility:
Pianists, ages 18-32. Prizes: (1st) $12,000 cash, a professional recording on the Steinway & Sons label, international concert engagements in the US & Europe; (2nd) $7500;
(3rd) $5000; Best Contemporary Piece Prize, $1000; Audience Award, $1000; Aspiration Special Prize, $500; Semi-finalist Honorable Mention, $500. Deadline: June 1, 2019.
Competition: Nov. 2019. Entrance Fee: $200.
Irving M. Klein International String Competition
Marcy Straw, Exec. Dir.
Mitchell Sardou Klein, Art. Dir.
PO Box 460095 (415) 252-1122
San Francisco, CA 94146 twitter.com/kleincomp
Annual. Purpose: Produced by the California Music Center,
the Klein seeks to support exceptional players early in
their careers, assisting them with the development of
professional and performance skills, encouraging their
community involvement, and providing them performance
opportunities and monetary support. Held in the San
Francisco Conservatory of Music. Eligibility: String players
(violin, viola, cello, double bass) 15-23 years old and not under
professional management at date of competition. Prizes:
(1st) $13,000, including $5,000 cash and performance
opportunities; (2nd) $6, 300, including $3500 cash and
performance opportunities; (3rd) $2,500; (4th) $1,500 x
2; $500 Prize for Best Performance of the Commissioned
Work; $500 prize for best performance of solo Bach;
Each Semifinalist not awarded a named prize receives
$100. Deadline: Feb. 2, 2019 Competition: Jun. 1-2, 2019
Entrance Fee: $115
William Knabe Piano Institute Young Artist Piano
the 66th Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Piano
c/o Artist Music, PO Box 43072 1-888-978-5332 Ext. 4
Baltimore, MD 21236 twitter.com/knabeinstitute
Purpose: To raise awareness about the cultural significance
of the piano in America. Eligibility: Pianists of any nationality
residing in the Mid-Atlantic region & neighboring states;
ages 7-17, secondary school students; pianists currently
enrolled in an academic degree program at a college,
university, or the equivalent, are ineligible. Prizes: Nearly
$10,000 total (for all categories). Deadline: 2019 TBD;
2018 Apr. Competition: 2019 TBD; 2018 June. Entrance
Magdalena Baczewska, Art. Dir.
Ewa Zadworna, Dir. of Cult. Aff.
15 E 65th Street (212) 734-2130
New York, NY 10065
Triennial. Purpose: To encourage gifted young pianists
to further their studies and to perform the works of Polish
composers. Eligibility: Open to pianists of all nationalities
representing a professional level of performance, born
between January 1, 1989 and December 31, 2002. Prizes:
(1st) $10,000 & Gold Medal; (2nd) $5,000 & Silver Medal;
(3rd) $3,000 & Bronze Medal. Deadline: Jan. 1, 2019.
Competition: Mar. 29-31, 2019. Entrance Fee: $100
Serge and Olga Koussevitzky Young Artist Awards
Competition (Sponsored by the Musicians Club of
Brian Hunter, Exec. Dir.
853 Seventh Ave., #4A (212) 333-7844
New York, NY 10019
Annual. For woodwinds/brass (2019), voice (2020), strings
(2021), piano (2022). Purpose: To provide a professional,
rewarding competition for young artists with a free & open
to the public Finals Concert at the Victor Borge Hall,
Scandinavia House, New York City. Eligibility: 18-30 years
old ( 18-35 for voice) as of the first round of the contest
year. Prizes: (1st) $3000, (2nd) $2000, (3rd) $1000, plus
paid recital performance on the Musicians Club of New
York’s concert series; additional concert performances are
sometimes awarded to strong contestants. Deadline: Apr.
19, 2019. Competition: Apr. 27, 28, 2019; May 4 (Awards
Ceremony). Entrance Fee: $65.
the Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music at the New
Art. Planning nyphil.org/kravis
David Geffen Hall, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza (212) 875-5900
New York, NY 10023-6970
Biennial. Eligibility: Prizewinners are selected by a committee
comprising leading artists & administrators who have
close ties to the Philharmonic, & a demonstrated interest
in fostering new music. Prizes: $200,000 & a commission
for the New York Philh. is bestowed every two years. In the
interim year, a stipend of $50,000 will go to commission an
emerging composer. Competition: Apr. 27, 28, 2019; May 4
Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance
70 Arts Circle, c/o Office of the Dean, Bienen School of
Mus., Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL 60208-2405
Biennial. Purpose: To honor pianists who have achieved
the highest levels of national & international recognition.
Prizes: Winner receives cash award of $50,000, spends
two or three non-consecutive weeks in residency at the
Northwestern Bienen School of Music, engaging in master
classes, chamber music coaching & lecturing; he or she
also performs a public recital during one of the residency
weeks. Deadline: Winner is chosen internally; there is no
deadline or application. Competition: Apr. 27, 28, 2019;
May 4 (Awards Ceremony).
John Lennon Scholarships
Samantha Cox, Dir. www.bmifoundation.org/lennon
c/o BMI Foundation
7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich St.
New York, N Y 10007
Annual. Purpose: To support emerging songwriters in
furthering their education. Eligibility: Current students or
alumni/alumnae of a US college or university; between
the ages of 17 & 24 as of competition deadline; former
winners (other than Honorable Mention) of the John Lennon Scholarships are not eligible. Prizes: Total of $20,000.
Deadline: Jan. 1, 2019. Competition: Winners announced
in late summer or early fall, 2019. Entrance Fee: None.
Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal
Competition in Association with the Liederkranz
Stephen De Maio, Pres.
15 E. 65 St., 4th fl., New York, NY 10065 (212) 826-6100
Annual. Purpose: To provide young opera singers with
the financial support they need to develop their craft &
excel in the world of opera. Eligibility: Singers ages 21-35
(General Division) & 30-45 ( Wagnerian Division) who have
completed their education or are going to & are ready to
begin or have already begun a professional career in opera.
Prizes: Winners are granted awards ranging from $1000 to
$15,000 based upon placement in the competition; a total
of $175,000 will be awarded (top prizes in both divisions
are sponsored by the Liederkranz Foundation). Deadline:
2019 TBD; 2018 Mar. 1 Competition: 2019 TBD; 2018 April
2-7. Entrance Fee: None.
George London Foundation for Singers Awards
Nora London, Pres.
John H. Hauser, Exec. Dir.
157 Columbus Ave., Suite 519 (646) 461-3578
New York, N Y 10023
Annual. Purpose: To identify & encourage especially
talented singers in the early stages of their professional
careers. Eligibility: American & Canadian opera singers
who have performed at least one role with a professional
opera company & are contracted for at least one future engagement (school performances are acceptable); age limit
of 35. Prizes: (2017) five $10,000 George London Awards,
three $5000 prizes, & ten $1000 prizes. Deadline: Jan. 11,
2019. Competition: Feb. 18-20, 2019 (preliminaries); Feb.
22, 2019 (finals). Entrance Fee: None.
Lotte Lenya Competition
7 E. 20 St., Kurt Weill Foundation for Mus. (212) 505-5240
New York, N Y 10003
Annual. Purpose: To recognize talented young singer/actors
who are dramatically & musically convincing in diverse
repertoire ranging from opera/operetta to contemporary
Broadway scores, including the works of Kurt Weill. More
than a vocal competition, the Lotte Lenya Competition is
an international theater singing contest that emphasizes
wide-ranging repertoire & the acting of songs & arias
within a dramatic context. Eligibility: Singer/actors ages
19-32 who were born after Apr. 15, 1986 & before Jan.
22, 2000. Contestants must prepare four selections: ( 1)
one selection from the operatic or operetta repertoire
(non-Weill); ( 2) one theatrical selection (any genre) by
Kurt Weill; ( 3) one song from the ``Golden Age” (pre-1968)
American musical theater repertoire (this may be another
selection by Weill); & ( 4) one song from the American
musical theater repertoire of 1968 or later. Prizes: (1st)
$20,000, (2nd) $15,000, (3rd) $10,000, as well as special
prizes, will be awarded at the finals. Finalists will each
receive an award of $1000, plus a stipend to defray
the costs of travel, if any, to the finals in Rochester, NY.
Deadline: Jan. 21, 2019 (applications & video auditions).
Competition: Mar. 11-12, 2019 (semi-finals); Apr. 13, 2019
(finals). Entrance Fee: None.
MacDowell Colony Inc.
Cheryl Young, Exec. Dir.
100 High St. (603) 924-3886
Peterborough, NH 03458 twitter.com/MacDowellColony
Year-round. Purpose: To serve as a working retreat for creative
artists. Eligibility: Talent is the sole criterion for acceptance.
Established artists as well as emerging artists of promising
talent are encouraged to apply. Prizes: Awards residency
fellowships at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, NH.
Provides a studio & room & board for composers, writers,
playwrights, visual artists, film/video makers, interdisci-
plinary artists & architects (eight-weekmaximum residen-
cy). Travel grants & artists grant available based on need.
Deadline: Jan. 15 for summer (June-Sept.), Apr. 15 for fall
(Oct.-Jan.), Sept. 15 for winter-spring (Feb.-May). Compe-
tition: Mar. 11-12, 2019 (semi-finals); Apr. 13, 2019 (finals).
Entrance Fee: $30 (non-refundable processing fee).