Purpose: The Chicago Philharmonic wishes to commemorate
its 30 year anniversary by empowering and celebrating
composers around the nation. This competition is a
reflection of the Society’s three decades providing a
platform for performance and promotion of Greater
metropolitan Chicago artists. Eligibility: Pieces up to
3. 5 min. in length, which have not been performed
professionally. Instrumentation up to: 3 flutes, 2 oboes, 3
clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones,
1 tuba, strings. Composers may submit 1 piece, and must
be a resident of and reside in the US. Under 23 category
must reside, be employed in, or be studying in the state
of IL. Prizes: Under 23 years (by Aug. 14)-$500 and
performance in the Chicago Phil. 2019-2020 season. Over
23 years- $1000 and performance in the Chicago Phil.
2019-2020 season. Deadline: Aug. Competition: Winners
announced in Sept. Entrance Fee: $10 application fee.
Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition
Tanya Bannister, Pres.
135 East 57th Street, 8th Floor (212) 333-5200 x 1004
New York, NY 10022
Annual. Purpose: To discover, nurture, and promote young
musicians. Eligibility: Open to instrumentalists, singers, &
chamber ensembles performing classical & non-traditional
repertoire; suggested age limit of 30 for instrumentalists &
ensembles (average age), 35 for singers; ensembles should
have been in existence for at least 12 months prior to the
competition with the same membership; Instrumentalists
with North American management are not eligible. Singers
with North American management who wish to perform
recitals, chamber music, and orchestral engagements
through CAG may be eligible to apply. Please see the
CAG website for details. The competition is closed each
year to certain instruments; please see the CAG website
for details. Prizes: The winners receive management by
CAG, a New York showcase performance livestreamed by
the Violin Channel, and professional career development
and coaching. Additional prizes include the Carnegie Hall
Recital Prize, the BMI Commissioning Prize, Chamber
Music America Showcase Performance, Yamaha
Recording Prize, and more than 40 Performance Prizes
with leading orchestras, concert series, and festivals.
Deadline: April 2020. Competition: Fall of 2020.
Concours musical international de Montréal (CMIM)
Christiane LeBlanc, Exec. & Art. Dir.
305 Mont-Royal E. (514) 845-4108 x 235
Montréal, QC, Canada H2T 1P8 twitter.com/CMIMontreal
Annual. For piano (2020), Voice (2021), Violin (2022).
Purpose: To discover & help young musicians, singers &
instrumentalists of the highest caliber & artistry pursuing
a professional career. Eligibility: Open to young singers &
instrumentalists from all countries who intend to pursue
a professional career in music; age limit on Jan. 1 of the
competition year: 35 years (voice), 29 years (violin), 30
years (piano). Prizes: (1st) CAD 30,000 cash + CAD
50,000 career development grant; (2nd) CAD 15,000;
(3rd) CAD 10,000; and other special awards including
Best Canadian Artist CAD 5,000. CMIM Grants for the
unranked finalists, CAD 2000. Free transportation &
accommodation for selected competitors. Competition:
May 3-14, 2020 (Piano).
thomas & Evon Cooper International Competition
Anna Hoffmann www.oberlin.edu/cooper
Oberlin Coll. and Conservatory
77 W. College St. (440) 775-8044
Oberlin, OH 44074-1588
Annual. Piano (2020) and Violin (2021). Eligibility: Ages 13 to
18. Prizes: (1st) $20,000; (2nd) $10,000; (3rd) $5000; (4th)
$1500; (5th) $1500; (6th) $1500; the top three competitors,
pending admission, will also be awarded full four-year
scholarships to the Oberlin Conservatory of Music valued
at more than $200,000 each. Deadline: April 15, 2020.
Competition: July 16-25, 2020. Entrance Fee: $100.
Aaron Copland Fund for Music Inc.
254 W. 31 St., 15th fl. (212) 461-6956
New York, NY 10001
Purpose: To encourage & improve public knowledge &
appreciation of contemporary American concert music.
Eligibility: See Foundation website for dates. Deadline:
See Foundation website for dates. Competition: July 16-
Copland House Residency Award
Michael Boriskin, Art. & Exec. Dir.
PO Box 2177, Peekskill, NY 10566 (914) 788-4659
Annual. Purpose: For composer residencies at Copland
House. Eligibility: US or naturalized citizen. Prizes:
All-expenses paid residency & post-residency activities and
opportunities. Deadline: June 1 (online). Competition:
Annual, ongoing. Entrance Fee: None.
Czech-Slovak International Voice Competition
Prof. Sarah Meredith Livingston, Dir.
2420 Nicolet Dr. (920) 465-2637
Green Bay, WI 54311-7001
UWGB, Theater Hall 331
2420 Nicolet Dr., Green Bay, WI 54311
Annual. Purpose: To promote the Czech & Slovak vocal
repertoire for young singers; to create exchanges of
young musicians & specialists between North America
& the Czech Republic & Slovakia. Eligibility: Age limits:
Women- 30, Men- 32. Prizes: $12,500 in prizes. Deadline:
Sept. Competition: Oct. Entrance Fee: CAD 75 (for singers
whose first round is in Canada); $75 (for singers whose
first round is in the USA).
the Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition
Susan Fleming, Linda McKown, Vocal Competition
Jan & James Clay, Guild Co-Pres.
Winspear Opera House
2403 Flora St., Suite 500 (214) 443-1040
Dallas, TX 75201
Annual. Purpose: A vocal competition designed to assist
young singers in their opera careers by providing the
opportunity to perform live, on a world-class stage,
with Maestro Emmanuel Villaume & The Dallas Opera
Orchestra. Singers compete to earn significant cash
awards, with the top prize being $10,000, all before a panel
of judges representing some of the most prestigious opera
companies, the world over. Eligibility: No upper or lower
age limit, but the focus is on ages 18-34 at the start day of
the Competition; exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis. All US citizens & citizens living in US territories,
residents with valid Green Cards & applicants holding any
of the following visas, in good standing F1, H1, H2, I20, K1,
O1, P2, & P3 are encouraged to apply. Prizes: Cash prizes
vary, depending on donations received. The total amount
awarded in 2018 was $18,500. Deadline: Nov. Competition:
May. Entrance Fee: $35.
DCJazzPrix International Band Competition
Willard Jenkins, Art. Dir.
515 M St., SE, Ste. 102-B (202) 800-8236
Washington, DC 20003
Annual. Purpose: Providing a unique professional
performance and adjudication platform for emerging
bands, outside of the traditional academic and commercial
arenas, is the core of DCJazzPrix’s mission. Different from
other competitions, DCJazzPrix recognizes the band and
the essential interactions between band members as the
core pursuit of the jazz aesthetic. Eligibility: Global citizenry,
band size of 2-9 instrumental or vocal members, ages 18-
42 as of March 4, 2019, open repertoire. Prizes: $15,000,
1 year professional assessment benefits including career
strategies, a (paid) New York City engagement in the
2019/2020 season at Tribeca Performing Arts Center
(TPAC) as part of TPAC’s annual Jazz In Progress Young
Artist Series, and a paid main stage engagement during
the 2019 DC JazzFest. Deadline: Mar. Competition: June.
Entrance Fee: $49.
Debussy trio Music Foundation
Marcia Dickstein, Harpist, Art. Dir.
PO Box 492225, Los Angeles, CA 90049 (310) 472-9740
Purpose: Commissions new works for The Debussy Trio (flute,
viola & harp as the core group). Encourages & promotes
performances of the works in world & regional premieres,
on radio broadcasts, recordings & by developing new
audiences. Also presents the Trio in educational/
community outreach programs throughout the USA.
Discover® National Chamber Music Competition
(Midwest Young Artists Conservatory - MYAC)
878 Lyster Rd. (847) 926-9898
Highwood, IL 60040 twitter.com/MusicAtMYA
Annual. Eligibility: Ensembles of 3 to 8 musicians; students
in the 12th grade grade & lower as of the 2019-20
academic year; no more than one piano; MYAC Division
(active participants in the M YAC Chamber Music Program),
Open Division (all other ensembles); Category 1 (strings
& piano), Category 2 (brass, percussion, voice, winds).
Prizes: Overall winners, one from the MYAC Division &
one from the Open Division, will receive performance
opportunities & $1000 cash. Deadline: Feb 1, 2020.
Competition: Feb. 16, 2020. Entrance Fee: $50 (MYAC
ensemble), $100 (Open Division ensemble).
Plácido Domingo’s Operalia World Opera Competition
155 W. 70 St., #5F (917) 830-4720
New York, NY 10023 twitter.com/operaliacomp
Annual. Purpose: To discover & honor the best new young
opera singers of today. Eligibility: All voice categories for
singers 18 to 32 years old who are ready to perform on
the world’s great opera stages. Prizes: Two first prizes, two
second prizes, two third prizes, two Birgit Nilsson prizes,
& two audience prizes will be awarded (one each for best
male singer & one each for best female singer); Zarzuela
prizes, Culturarte Prize. Competition: Feb. 16, 2020.
Dranoff International 2 Piano Competition
Carlene Sawyer, Exec. Dir.
3550 Biscayne Blvd. #702 (305) 572-9900
Miami, FL 33137
Quadrennial. Purpose: To discover the most brilliant two
piano teams worldwide, to bring them to the attention of
the musical world through the Competition. Eligibility:
Two-piano teams. Prizes: (1st) $25,000; (2nd) $15,000; (3rd)
$10,000. Deadline: Jan. 2020. Competition: Jan. 2021.
Entrance Fee: $400 per team.
e-Piano Junior Competition
Alexander Braginsky, Pres. & Art. Dir.
PO Box 1386 (612) 460-5640
Maple Grove, MN 55311 twitter.com/pianoEcomp
Biennial. Eligibility: Pianists of all nationalities who are no
older than 18 as of July 6, 2019 (must be born after July
6, 2001). Prizes: (1st) $10,000; (2nd) $5000; (3rd) $3000;
(4th) $2000; (5th) $1000; Schubert Prize, $500; Variations
Prize $500; Russian Music Prize $500. Deadline: Nov.
Competition: July. Entrance Fee: $150.
Earplay Donald Aird Composers Competition
560 29 St., San Francisco, CA 94131-2239
Annual. Purpose: Earplay nurtures the finest new chamber
music of our time, linking audiences, performers,
and composers through concerts, commissions, and
recordings. The annual Aird competition extends Earplay’s
network by discovering composers and their exciting new
contemporary chamber works. Earplay is dedicated to the
performance of new chamber music, offering audiences a
unique opportunity to hear eloquent, vivid performances
of today’s finest chamber music. Eligibility: Composers
of any age & nationality; works for one to six performers,
including flute, clarinet, piano, violin, viola, & cello (one
part per instrument); works with electronics will also be
considered. Prizes: $1000 cash & a performance during
the 2019-20 season. Deadline: Mar. 31, 2020 (through
11: 59 PST); decisions will be announced by Sept. 2020.
Competition: July. Entrance Fee: $26 per score.
Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra Instrumental
Caleb Bailey, Exec. Dir.
289 State St. (860) 443-2876
New London, CT 06320 www.twitter.com/ectsymphony
Annual. Eligibility: Instrumentalists through age 25; no
geographic restrictions. Prizes: (1st) $2000 & possibility of
solo appearance on subscription series; (2nd) $1000; (3rd)
$500. Deadline: Jan. 31, 2020 (completed application, fee,
audio submission received at office). Competition: Mar.
14, 2020 (twelve finalists will perform for a panel of three
judges, at Connecticut Coll. in New London). Entrance
Fee: $50 (non-refundable).
Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition for the
Performance of Canadian & Contemporary Music
Queen Elizabeth II Mus. Bldg., Brandon Univ.
270 18 St., Brandon, MB, Canada R7A 6A9
Annual. For voice (2020), strings (2021), piano (2022).
Purpose: To encourage young musicians to perform
contemporary (and particularly Canadian) music.
Eligibility: Canadian citizens or permanent residents of
Canada, between the ages of 18 & 30 ( 35 for singers).
Prizes: Cash prize & tour fees (ca. $10,000). Deadline:
Dec. Competition: Mar. 14, 2020 (twelve finalists will
perform for a panel of three judges, at Connecticut Coll. in
New London). Entrance Fee: CAD 175.
European International Competition for Composers
Dr. Salvatore Moltisanti, Pres.
Maestro Marcello Abbado, Jury Chm.
Michael Yasenak, Dir.
568 Grand St., Penthouse 2001 (212) 387-0111
New York, N Y 10002
Annual. Eligibility: Composers from all over the world, with
no age limit; composition of free duration for any
instrument or ensemble of free choice. Prizes: Aid in the
winner’s professional & artistic progress, dissemination
of new works through public concerts, premieres, debut
performances in New York City’s Carnegie Hall as well
as in Europe. Deadline: Mar. 15, 2020. Competition: July
20-25, 2020; specific dates will be assigned to each
musician (not required to stay throughout the duration
of the competition). Entrance Fee: 150 euros (individual
JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto
Competition (Presented by WNYPBA & the Buffalo
Joanne Castellani, Michael Andriaccio, Art. Co-Dirs.
Buffalo Philh. Orch., 786 Delaware Ave. (716) 885-0331
Buffalo, NY 14209
Biennial. Purpose: To promote the classical guitar and
expand its concerto repertoire on the world stage.
Eligibility: Classical guitarists of all ages at the onset of
their careers & who are not represented by major artist
management. Prizes: (1st) $10,000, a return engagement
with the Buffalo Philh. Orch., & more. Deadline: Apr. 1,
2020. Competition: June 2-6, 2020. Entrance Fee: $150.
Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition
119 Haggar Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556 (574) 631-0984
Annual. Purpose: To encourage the development &
appreciation of chamber music. Eligibility: Senior Divisions:
no ensemble member may be more than 35 years old at
the time of the competition, & the average age of ensemble
members can not exceed 30 at the time of the competition;
Junior Divisions: no ensemble member may be more
than 18 years old at the time of the competition with the
exception of current high school seniors (documentation
required); instrumental ensembles of 3 to 6 members.
Prizes: Senior Division (Grand Prize) $10,000, plus
Midwest Winner’s Tour & select appearances at the Emilia
Romagna Festival, Italy; (1st, winds) $3500; (1st, strings)
$3500; (2nd, winds) $3000; (2nd, strings) $3000; (3rd,
winds) $2000; (3rd, strings) $2000; Brass Prize, $400.
Junior Division (1st, strings) $2300; (1st, winds) $2300;
(2nd, strings) $1800; (2nd, winds) $1800; (3rd, strings)
$1300; (3rd, winds) $1300; Brass Prize, $300. Deadline:
Feb. 25, 2020. Competition: May 8-10, 2020. Entrance
Fee: $125 Trio, $165 Quartet, $205 Quintet, $245 Sextet.
Avery Fisher Artist Program
Deborah Borda, Chair
Veronique Firkusny, Exec. Dir.
c/o Veronique Firkusny
155 W. 68 St., No. 1130 (917) 363-4380
New York, N Y 10023