New York Philharmonic - the Ronnie & Lawrence
Ackman Classical Piano Prize
the New York Virtuoso Singers Choral Composition
David Geffen Hall, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza (212) 875-5900
New York, NY 10023-6970 twitter.com/nyphil
pianists, New York Philharmonic leadership, & other
recognized musical figures. There is no application. Prizes:
$30,000; perform with the New York Philharmonic, play
chamber music with Philharmonic musicians, & serve as
classical music ambassadors, taking part in community
engagement & education initiatives around New York
City. Competition: June 2020 (no elimination during
the competition’s four rounds is a unique feature of the
Harold Rosenbaum, Art. Dir. & Cond., The New York
2 Cove Rd. (914) 763-3453
South Salem, NY 10590-1023
Annual. Purpose: To promote American choral music by living
composers. Eligibility: American composers; composers
living in America for five years or more, whose musical
activities take place primarily in America; no age
restrictions. All a cappella works for mixed chorus & those
with piano accompaniment may be submitted. If the text
is not in the public domain, composers must submit a
letter confirming that permission has been given from the
author or poet to set the text to music. There is no limit
to the number of scores submitted. Prizes: Winning works
will be performed by The New York Virtuoso Singers in a
public concert in New York City, & composers will receive
an archival recording. Deadline: Ongoing. Competition:
Ongoing. Entrance Fee: None.
New York Youth Symphony FIRSt MuSIC Commissions
Shauna Quill, Exec. Dir.
110 W. 40 St., Suite 1503 (212) 581-5933
New York, NY 10018 twitter.com/nyyouthsymphony
Annual. Purpose: To commission America’s best emerging
orchestra, chamber music, & jazz composers under the
age of 30 & to bring their works to the public’s attention.
Eligibility: Applicant must be a US citizen or US permanent
resident with valid green card under the age of 30 on
the application deadline date; works must be previously
unpublished and unperformed. Prizes: (Orchestra)
three composers awarded commissions of $1000 each
& premieres in Carnegie Hall. (Chamber Music) one
composer awarded a commission of $1000 & a premiere
in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. (Jazz) one composer
awarded a commission of $1000 & a premiere in the Appel
Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center; two composers awarded
a commission of $500 each & premieres at Dizzy’s
Club Coca-Cola. Deadline: Dec. Check NYYS website.
Competition: Ongoing. Entrance Fee: $95 non-refundable
Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition
Elmar Oliveira, Founder & Art. Dir.
Jill Arbetter, Exec. Dir.
3601 N. Military Trail (561) 909-7261
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Triennial. Next competition takes place Jan. 2020. Purpose:
To give a young & talented violinist the tools necessary for
building a strong foundation for success in the arts industry.
Additionally, the EOIVC recognizes the vital importance
of encouraging and inspiring young musicians to think
beyond themselves, using their skills to better the world
around them and striving to become citizen artists.The
EOIVC provides a wide-range of community engagement
activities that not only involve its Laureates, but also its
international judges and its Founder & Artistic Director,
Elmar Oliveira and Executive Director, Jill Arbetter.
Eligibility: Violinists, ages 16-32. Prizes: (1st) $30,000,
performance opportunities, career support in management
& public relations; (2nd) $15,000; (3rd) $10,000; (4th)
$5000. Deadline: Mar. 27, 2019. Competition: January 14
- 26, 2020. Entrance Fee: $125.
Opera at Florham Vocal Competition and Musicale
honoring Violetta DuPont
Joan Del Giudice, Pres. ( email@example.com)
PO Box 343, Convent Station, NJ 07961 (973) 443-8620
Annual. Purpose: To support the growth & development of
opera singers by offering cash prizes & an opportunity to
perform publicly with Opera at Florham in recital or in an
opera production. Eligibility: Singers, 21 to 35 years old,
who are pursuing a career in opera. Prizes: (1st) $5000;
(2nd) $3000; (3rd) $1500; Encouragement Awards.
Deadline: Mar. 30, 2019. Competition: May 5, 2019.
Entrance Fee: None.
Walter W. Naumburg Foundation International
120 Claremont Ave. (212) 362-9877
New York, NY 10027-4698
Annual. Solo competition, disciplines rotate annually.
Eligibility: 17-31 years old. Prizes: (1st) $25,000, two fully
subsidized recitals, a commissioned work; (2nd) $15,000;
(3rd) $10,000. Deadline: Sept. Competition: 2019 TBD;
2018 Nov.. Entrance Fee: $125.
the Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music
70 Arts Circle Dr.
c/o Office of the Dean, Bienen School of Mus.
Evanston, IL 60208
Biennial. Purpose: To honor living classical musical
composers of outstanding achievement who have
significantly influenced the field of composition. Eligibility:
The Prize is for outstanding career achievement, rather
than a specific work; open to any living composer without
regard to citizenship or institutional affiliation. Former or
present members of the Northwestern Univ. faculty or
employees of the Chicago Symph. Orch. are not eligible.
Composers must be nominated, preferably by recognized
authorities in the field of classical music, such as prominent
artists, critics, scholars, or administrators, via a letter
to the selection committee. Scores & tapes will not be
accepted. Prizes: Cash award of $100,000 & a residency
of two to three non-consecutive weeks at Northwestern
Univ. Bienen School of Music. Deadline: Jan. 31, 2020.
Competition: 2019 TBD; 2018 Nov..
New Jersey Association of Verismo International Opera
Annual Vocal Competition
Dr. James H. Garvin, Pres.
Evelyn La Quaif, Gen. Mgr.
Lucine Amara, Art. Dir.
Lucy Arner, Mus. Dir. & Principal Cond.
Giovanni Simone, Treas.
Ria Hawks, Mary Ellen Rohon, Comp. Co-ords.
PO Box 3024, Fort Lee, NJ 07024-9024 (917) 291-2721
Annual. Purpose: To support young artists vocal development,
provide performing opportunities in a professional setting,
& develop goals for a professional career. Eligibility:
Theater/Artists management or teacher letter stating
current vocal progress & experience; two years minimum
experience singing in a choral group, chorus or supporting/
leading roles. Prizes: (1st) $2000; (2nd) $1000; (3rd) $500.
Selected finalists & winners receive additional grant money
by participating in NJAVO’s productions. Deadline: Nov.
Competition: Nov. (preliminaries); Jan. (finals). Finalists
must be able to receive free private coaching with Lucine
Amara, NJAVO Artistic Director, prior to finals. Entrance
Fee: $42.50 to $85; non-refundable.
New Orleans International Piano Competition
Cara McCool Woolf, Exec. & Art. Dir.
Daniel Weilbaecher, Art. Dir.
PO Box 750698 (504) 899-4826
New Orleans, LA 70175-0698
Biennial. Eligibility: No age restrictions. Prizes: Cash prizes
& performance fees totaling over $35,000. (1st) $15,000,
concerts & recitals, one-on-one career development
consultation with executive leadership at Astral Artists;
(2nd) $10,000, concert, recital; (3rd) $5000, concert;
semifinalists ( 9), $750. Deadline: Mar. 15, 2020
(applications available Jan. 1, 2020). Competition: July 19-
26, 2020. Entrance Fee: $155.
the New York International Piano Competition
Melvin Stecher, Norman Horowitz, Founders & Exec. Dirs.
119 W. 57 St., Suite 1401
c/o The Stecher & Horowitz Foundation (212) 581-8380
New York, NY 10019
Biennial. Purpose: The Ninth New York Int’l Piano Competition,
founded & presented by The Stecher & Horowitz Foundation, is committed to furthering the education, recognition
& fostering of gifted young musicians. The Foundation
mentors its aspirants, helping them achieve their personal
& professional goals through career guidance, artistic development & performance opportunities. Assistance is also
offered to help expand & focus the contestant’s horizons toward the pursuit of a realistic & attainable career in music.
Eligibility: 16-21 years of age; pianists of all nationalities.
Prizes: Prizes & awards totalling $50,000; (1st) $10,000;
(2nd) $6000; (3rd) $3000; (4th) $2000; including concert &
recital appearances; (1st Ensemble) $3500; (2nd Ensemble) $2500. Best Performance of the Commissioned Work,
$1500. In addition, $1000 will be awarded to each of the
remaining contestants. Deadline: Dec. 2019. Competition:
June 2020 (no elimination during the competition’s four
rounds is a unique feature of the NYIPC). Entrance Fee:
Opera Columbus Cooper-Bing Vocal Competition
55 E. State St., Columbus, OH 43215 (614) 384-5636
Annual. Purpose: To discover, recognize & encourage
young operatic talent. Eligibility: The competition is open
to professional and pre-professional singers who have
completed, or are engaged in completing, a musical
education suitable for the operatic stage. Also open to
international singers. 1) All applicants must be between 22-
30 years of age on May 5, 2019. 2) Past applicants (except
those who have exceeded the age limit) may re-enter as
new applicants. However, former first place winners are
no longer eligible to compete. 3) Present or former singers
on the Opera Columbus mainstage roster, current season
chorus members, or current full-time employees of the
Opera Columbus staff are ineligible to audition. Prizes:
(1st) $10000; (2nd) $5000; (3rd) $2500; (4th) $1500; (5th)
$1000; Audience Choice Award, $300. Deadline: Mar. 3,
2019. Competition: May 5, 2019. Entrance Fee: $50.
the Opera Foundation Inc.
Elizabeth Walbrol, Exec. Dir.
c/o Mannheim LLC, 712 Fifth Ave., 32nd fl. (212) 664-8843
Ne w York, NY 10019
Annual. Purpose: Scholarship competition for American
singers to work & study at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in
Germany; Teatro Regio in Turin, Italy; the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Germany. The term of residence for the
scholarships: Approx. ten months. During this residency,
the recipients will receive professional performing experience & advanced training. Eligibility: American citizens &
permanent residents between 18 & 30 years old who are
beginning their professional careers. Prizes: Each scholarship includes a stipend of $16,000 & a round trip flight
to & from Europe, & a monthly housing allowance of approximately 700 euros per month. Competition: Jan. 25,
2019 (auditions for the 2019-2020 season in New York;
transportation at the candidate’s own expense. Entrance
Fee: $40 (application).
Opera Index Vocal Competition
Joseph S. Gasperec, Exec. Dir.
PO Box 237153, Ansonia Sta. (212) 706-9550
Ne w York, NY 10023
Purpose: To assist young singers at the early stages of their
careers with cash awards. Eligibility: Young singers; those
on the cusp of a major career receive Major Awards; those
in the early phase of a promising career receive Emerging
Artist Awards; those who demonstrate a potential for a
major career receive Encouragement Awards. Prizes:
2015 (Major Awards) $10,000, $7500, $5000, $4000,
$3,500 and $3000; (Emerging Artist Awards) five of
$2000 each; (Encouragement Awards) six of $1000 each.
Deadline: 2019 TBD; 2018 Oct. Competition: 2019 TBD;
2018 Oct. 16, 17, 19.
Oratorio Society of New York Solo Competition
Janet Plucknett, VP, Competition Chair
1140 Ave. of the Americas, 9th fl. (212) 400-7255
Ne w York, NY 10036
Annual. Purpose: To seek out new talent in the art of oratorio
solo singing & give a debut platform for competition
winners. Eligibility: Not more than 40 years old, with
formal oratorio training. Prizes: Over $21,000 in cash
prizes. Deadline: Feb. 1, 2019; Feb. 15, 2019 (late entries).
Competition: March 30, 2019 (semifinals); Apr. 6, 2019
(finals). Entrance Fee: $30 (by Feb. 1, 2019); $50 (late
entry by Feb. 15, 2019).
Parkening International Guitar Competition &
Young Guitarist Competition
Christopher Parkening, Art. Dir.
Rebecca Carson, Exec. Dir.
Pepperdine Univ., 24255 Pacific Coast Hwy. (310) 506-4079
Malibu, CA 90263
Purpose: To enrich & strengthen the careers & international
reputations of young classical guitarists via prize money
& touring opportunities. Eligibility: Parkening International
Guitar Competition (classical guitarists ages 18-30);
Parkening Young Guitarist Competition (guitarists 17 years
& younger). Prizes: $65,000 in cash awards. Deadline:
Feb. 1, 2019. Competition: May-June 2019. Entrance Fee:
peermusic Latin Scholarship
Carolina Arenas, Dir.
c/o BMI Foundation
7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich St.
Ne w York, NY 10007