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. 10, 2020. Competition: Feb. 17-21, 2020. Entrance
Lotte Lenya Competition
7 E. 20 St., Kurt Weill Foundation for Mus. (212) 505-5240
New York, NY 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 May 2, 1987 & before Jan. 22,
2001. 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,
2020 (applications & video auditions). Competition: Mar.
11-12, 2020 (semi-finals); May 2, 2020 (finals). Entrance
MacDowell Colony Inc.
Philip Himberg, 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, interdisciplinary
artists & architects (eight-week maximum residency). 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). Competition: Mar. 11-
12, 2020 (semi-finals); May 2, 2020 (finals). Entrance Fee:
$30 (non-refundable processing fee).
Manhattan International Music Competition
576 Fifth Ave., #903, New York, NY 10036
For piano, strings, voice, wind, chamber music. Purpose:
To promote musicians who possess outstanding artistic
personality. Eligibility: Up to age 35; video selection (no
travel required). Prizes: Over $50,000 in prizes. Recitals
at Carnegie Hall (remunerated), CD recording to be
distributed worldwide, artistic management with Manhattan
International Artists. Deadline: April. Competition: July.
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: Sept. 2020.
Competition: Nov.-Dec. 2020.
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, 1989, & Aug. 1, 1999).
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: Feb.
(National Semifinals); Mar. (Grand Finals Concert).
Entrance Fee: $30.
Millay Colony for the Arts
Calliope Nicholas, Mng. Dir.
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: Feb. (National Semifinals); Mar. (Grand
Finals Concert). Entrance Fee: $40 application fee.
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 (530) 754-2787
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. Competition: April. Entrance Fee: $60
(Young Artists Division), $100 (Founders Division).
MostArts Festival Young Pianist Competition
Lisa Lantz, Art. Dir.
Music teachers National Association Student
1 Saxon Dr., Alfred, NY 14802 (607) 871-2562
Annual. Purpose: To showcase the talent of young pianists,
eight Finalists will be invited to Alfred University to perform
the 2nd and 3rd movements of any Mozart Concerto with
the MostArts Festival Orchestra, as well as a 20-25 min.
Solo Recital. These concerts will take place in the beautiful
Miller Theater in front of an enthusiastic audience and an
international panel of judges. Eligibility: Pianists age 13-18
as of the comp. date, not under professional management.
See website for required repertiore. Prizes: (1st) $10,000
and an invitation to perform a solo recital during the
MostArts Festival, as well as eligibility to become a “Young
Steinway Artist”. (2nd) $5000. (3rd) $2500. Audience award
( 2) $500. Discretionary prize $500. Deadline: April 3, 2020.
Competition: All applicants will be notified by mid-to-late
April. All finalists will perform with the MostArts Festival
Orchestra. Room and board will be provided for all finalists
and their escorts. Entrance Fee: $100 application fee.
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, 2020: (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, Age: 11-18 as of January 1, 2019, with
at least one student age 15-18; (Young Artist) ages 19-
26, composition, brass, piano, string, voice, woodwind;
(Chamber Music) ensemble members must be 18-29,
3-6 performers, string, wind. Prizes: Various. Deadline:
Chamber Music-Dec. 4, 2019; all others-Sept. 22, 2019.
Competition: Mar. 21-25, 2020 (National Finals in Chicago,
IL). 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: Sept. 30, 2019. Competition:
Mar. 15, 2020. Entrance Fee: None.
NtD International Piano Competition
Lijuan Nania, Dir., Global Competition Series
229 W. 28 St., Suite 700 (888) 878-6166
New York, NY 10001
Purpose: The New Tang Dynasty Television (NTD Television)
“International Piano Competition” is one in a series of
international cultural and arts events sponsored by NTD
Television. The mission of this competition is to promote
traditional arts of pure authenticity, pure goodness, and
pure beauty, bring back the glory of piano masterpieces
from the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods.
The competition’s commitment to artistic excellence is
a means to allow the 250-year legacy of piano literature
to continue to flourish. We believe this repertoire is a
treasure of mankind and should be passed onto future
generations to come. Eligibility: Competition is open to
pianists, instructors and students of all nationalities who
are proficient with a broad piano repertoire. Applicant
must be between the age of 17-50 during the time of
the competition. Prizes: (Gold) $10,000; (Silver) $6000;
(Bronze) $3000; (Commissioned Composition) $3000.
Competition: Sept. Entrance Fee: $150.
Naftzger Young Artists Auditions & Music Awards
Samantha Davis, Ops. Mgr.
Nina Longhofer, Patron Svcs. Mgr.
Don Reinhold, CEO
Wichita Symph. Society
225 W. Douglas Ave., Suite 207 (316) 267-5259
Wichita, KS 67202 twitter.com/WichitaSymphony
Annual. Eligibility: Students who are enrolled at a college,
university, or conservatory. Prizes: One $5000 Naftzger
Young Artist Award, us three $2000 division winner
awards, four $500 runner-up awards. Deadline: Feb. 21,
2020. Competition: March 28-29, 2020. Entrance Fee:
Nashville International Piano Competition
4285 Sidco Dr., Nashville, TN 37204 (615) 373-5901
Biennial. Purpose: To recognize with scholarships the
outstanding gifts of students who are seeking to study
piano at a National Association of Schools of Music
(NASM) accredited school in Tennessee. Eligibility:
Classically trained high school pianists in grades 9 through
12 (or within the four years before university entrance),
regardless of their present state or country of residence.
Prizes: Scholarships(1st) $10,000; (2nd) $5000; (3rd)
$3000. Deadline: Mar. 1, 2020. Competition: Apr. 17-19,
2020. Entrance Fee: $85.
Nashville Songwriting Scholarship
Clay Bradley, Dir.
c/o BMI Foundation
7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich St.
New York, N Y 10007 twitter.com/bmifoundation
Annual. Eligibility: Current full-time or part-time students of
a US college or university; ages 17-24; students accepted
for future enrollment are not eligible; former winners (other
than Honorable Mention) of this Scholarship are not
eligible. Prizes: $5000. Deadline: Jan. Competition: Winner
announced in late spring. Entrance Fee: None.
National Association of teachers of Singing Artist
Awards Competition (NAtSAA)
Allen Henderson, Exec. Dir.
9957 Moorings Dr., Suite 401 (904) 992-9101
Jacksonville, FL 32257
Biennial. Purpose: To select young singers whose artistry
indicates that they are ready for a professional career
& to encourage them to carry on the tradition of fine
singing; selection of winners will be based on present
accomplishments; with a cash prize & the opportunity for
performance engagements. Eligibility: 21-35 years old, as
of deadline date; applicant’s most recent teacher must be
a full or associate member of NATS (in good standing) with
whom the applicant must have studied continuously for at
least one academic year; or the applicant must be a full or
associate member of NATS in good standing for at least
one year prior to the deadline date; first-place winners
in prior NATSAA national auditions are ineligible. Prizes:
(Winner) more than $13,000 in cash & prizes; (Runner-up)
more than $6000 in cash & prizes; various other prizes
& awards are given to the participants. Deadline: Sept.
9, 2021. Competition: Fall 2021 (preliminary regional
rounds); January, 2022 (semifinals & finals, New York, at
NATS 2022 Winter Workshop). Entrance Fee: $75.
National Chopin Piano Competition
Blanka A. Rosenstiel, Founder & Pres.
Barbara E. Muze, Exec. Dir./Competition Dir.
Robert H. Smith, Asst. Dir.
1440 79 St. Causeway, Suite 117 (305) 868-0624
Miami, FL 33141
Once every five years in advance of the International Chopin
Competition in Warsaw, Poland. Purpose: To help young
talented American pianists in their career development,
and to promote classical music among general audiences.
Eligibility: Pianists representing a professional level of
performance, holding US citizenship, and meeting the
requirements set by the International Chopin Competition
in Warsaw, Poland. Prizes: (1st) $100,000, ( 2) $30,000, ( 3)
$20,000; concert tour & automatic admission of two top
winners into the 2020 International Chopin Competition in
Warsa w. Deadline: Nov. 1, 2019. Competition: Feb. 22-Mar.
1, 2020. Entrance Fee: $125.