Manhattan International Music Competition
576 Fifth Ave., #903, New York, NY 10036
For piano, strings, voice. Purpose: To promote musicians who
possess outstanding artistic personality. Eligibility: Up to
age 35; video selection (no travel required). Prizes: Over
$25,000 in prizes. Recitals at Carnegie Hall (
remunerated), CD recording to be distributed worldwide, artistic
management with Manhattan International Artists.
Deadline: 2019 TBD; 2018 April 20. Competition: 2019 TBD;
2018 July 7.
Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers /
Auditions for Houston Grand Opera Studio
Houston Grand Opera, 510 Preston St. (713) 546-0227
Houston, TX 77002
Annual. Purpose: To identify the singers & pianists to
participate in the Houston Grand Opera Studio, the young
artist program sponsored by Houston Grand Opera.
Eligibility: Candidates must demonstrate major operatic
potential & thorough musical & theatrical training. Prizes:
Cash prizes are awarded at public vocal competition
final. All applicants are also considered for contracts with
Houston Grand Opera Studio (individualized training &
performance opportunities with Houston Grand Opera
as part of a nine-month contract). Deadline: 2019 TBD;
2018 Sept. Competition: 2019 TBD; 2018 Nov.-Dec. 2018
(preliminary auditions in Houston, Cincinnati, Los Angeles,
New York, & Philadelphia); Jan. 2019 (semifinals & finals
Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions
Melissa Wegner, Exec. Dir.
Brady Walsh, Admin.
Camille LaBarre, Chair
Carol E. Domina, Pres.
Lincoln Center (212) 870-4515
New York, NY 10023 twitter.com/MONCAuditions
Annual. Purpose: To discover exceptional young talent
& provide a venue for young opera singers across North
America at all levels of development; to be heard by
representatives of the Metropolitan Opera & to assist
those with the greatest potential for operatic careers.
Eligibility: 20-30 years old for all voice types (birth date
must fall on or between Aug. 1, 1988, & Aug. 1, 1998).
Prizes: Cash awards in district, region & national levels;
Grand Finals Winner Awards of $15,000. Deadline: Varies
according to district ( www.metopera.org/About/Auditions/
nationalcouncil/Regional-Contact-Info). Competition: Mar.
24, 2019 (National Semifinals); Mar. 31, 2019 (Grand
Finals Concert). Entrance Fee: $30.
Millay Colony for the Arts
Calliope Nicholas, Dir., Residencies & Facilities
PO Box 3, Austerlitz, NY 12017 (518) 392-3103
Eligibility: Composers, visual artists, & writers. Prizes:
One-month residency (Apr. to Nov.) & 2-week residencies
(June, Sept.) to those selected through a jury process;
room, studio, meals, at no cost, except for travel to &
from the colony. Deadline: Oct. 1 & Mar. 1 of each year.
Competition: Mar. 24, 2019 (National Semifinals); Mar.
31, 2019 (Grand Finals Concert). Entrance Fee: $37
Mondavi Center Young Artists Competition (YAC)
Lara Downes, Dir., Young Artists Program, Mondavi Center
for the Performing Arts
1 Shields Ave.
Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis
Davis, CA 95616
Annual. Purpose: To support young artists in the early
stages of their careers, providing scholarships to support
their musical studies as well as valuable performance
opportunities to encourage their artistic growth. Eligibility:
Piano and Instrumental divisions for musicians age 12-17.
Applicants must have legal US-resident status & must
not be under contract with professional management.
Previous Mondavi Center Young Artists Competition
winners are ineligible to compete for any prize they already
have won, but they may compete in a different division.
Prizes: Founders Division, $10,000; Young Artists Division,
$2000. Deadline: Nov. 15, 2018. Competition: April 26-28,
2019. Entrance Fee: $60 (Young Artists Division), $100
M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition
Univ. of Michigan School of Mus.
Theatre & Dance, 1100 Baits Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 twitter.com/theMprize
Annual. Purpose: To provide a world-class performance &
adjudication platform for the chamber arts (small
ensembles of musicians &/or artists of any discipline).
Eligibility: Junior ( 18 & under) & Senior (average age of
ensemble between 19-35) Divisions; Strings, Winds, &
Open Categories; all ensembles between 2-10 members).
Prizes: (Grand Prize) $100,000. Deadline: 2019 TBD; 2018
Jan. 15. Competition: 2019 TBD; 2018 May.
Music teachers National Association Student
Competitions - Performance & Composition
Linda Stump, MTNA Dir. of Competitions
firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com www.mtna.org
1 W. Fourth St., Suite 1550 (888) 512-5278
Cincinnati, OH 45202 twitter.com/MTNA1
Annual. Consists of three levels: State Competition, Division
Competition, & National Finals. Purpose: (Performance)
To provide educational experiences for students & teachers & to recognize exceptionally talented young artists &
their teachers in their pursuit of musical excellence; the
state competitions are considered the primary educational
level, with the division & national levels showcasing outstanding performance & honoring significant pedagogical
achievement. (Composition) To encourage creativity &
self-expression in student musicians & to recognize their
achievements, & the significant work of their teachers.
Eligibility: Ages as of Jan. 1, 2019: (Elementary) ages 5-
10, composition only; (Junior) ages 11-14, composition,
piano, string, woodwind; (Senior) ages 15-18, composition, brass, piano, string, voice, woodwind; piano duet, one
piano/fourhands, ages 11-18, with at least one student
age 15-18; (Young Artist) ages 19-26, composition, brass,
piano, string, voice, woodwind; (Chamber Music) average
age 18-26, 3-6 performers, string, wind. Prizes: Various.
Deadline: Sept. 12, 2018 ( 3 p.m., Eastern time).
Competition: Mar. 16-20, 2019 (National Finals in Spokane, WA).
Entrance Fee: Elementary Composition: $50; Junior: $80
Perf./$70 Composition; Senior: $110 Perf./$100 Composition; Young Artist: $120 Perf,/$100 Composition; Chamber
Music: $120 per ensemble.
Sophie Khachatryan, Project Coord.
Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church
138 E. 39 St., New York, NY 10016 (212) 689-7810
Annual. Purpose: To promote promising young musicians of
Armenian descent & to encourage them to perform music
by Armenian composers. Eligibility: Young musicians of
Armenian descent currently living, studying or working in
the USA. Prizes: Recital at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie
Hall, New York. Deadline: Oct. 30, 2018. Competition: Mar.
17, 2019. Entrance Fee: None.
NtD International Piano Competition
Tim Sun, Dir., Global Competition Series
229 W. 28 St., Suite 700 (646) 736-2988
New York, N Y 10001