Bi-annual. Purpose: To provide an opportunity for promising
pianists to perform the music of Johann Sebastian
Bach & contemporary works, & be judged by a panel of
prominent pedagogues & performers from around the
world. Eligibility: Pianists, ages 8-28. Prizes: From $350
to $5000 (eight categories), prizes for contemporary work,
best contestant from The Juilliard School, and Grand Prize
Winner. Competition: June 14, 2020. Entrance Fee: $180
uSA International Ballet Competition (XI)
Mona Nicholas, Exec. Dir.
Elizabeth VanDeburgh, Art.
PO Box 3696 (601) 355-9853
Jackson, MS 39207-3696 twitter.com/USAIBC
of dance excellence before an international jury of the
world’s leading dance experts. Eligibility: Junior dancers
14-18 years old; Senior dancers 19-28 years old. Prizes:
$150,000 in cash prizes, gold, silver & bronze medals,
scholarships, & several company contracts. Deadline: Feb.
2022. Competition: June 11-25, 2022. Entrance Fee: $100.
uSA International Harp Competition Inc.
Erin Brooker-Miller, Exec. Dir.
Dr. F. David Rollo, Pres., Bd. Dirs.
Susann McDonald, Art. Dir.
Melanie Mashner, Prog. Coordinator
PO Box 5008 (812) 856-5715
Bloomington, IN 47407-5008
Triennial. Purpose: To elevate exceptional harpists to
extraordinary heights through performance, new music,
& education. Eligibility: Between 18 & 32. Prizes: Lyon &
Healy concert grand harp, concert engagements, cash
prizes through 8th place, & other prizes to be announced.
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2021. Competition: Summer 2022.
Entrance Fee: $250.
uSA Songwriting Competition
2881 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Suite 414
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306 twitter.com/usasong
Annual. Purpose: Finding the best original songs out
there. Eligibility: Songwriters, original solo artists, & bands
regardless of nationality or country origin; categories: pop,
rock/alternative, country, R&B, gospel/inspirational, folk,
Latin, instrumental, jazz, hip-hop/rap, children, world,
dance/electronica, novelty/comedy, lyrics only. Prizes:
(Overall Grand) $50,000 worth of cash, merchandise
& services; (Overall 2nd) $9000 worth of merchandise;
(Overall 3rd) $6500 worth of merchandise; 1st Prize
winners in each of the 15 categories will each receive
$2200 worth of merchandise; 20 Honorable Mention
winners will each receive $350 worth of merchandise.
Deadline: May 29, 2020.Competition: Jan. 2, 2020.
Entrance Fee: $35 per song.
underwood New Music Readings & Commission
(American Composers Orchestra: ACO)
494 8th Avenue, Suite 503 (212) 977-8495 x 202
New York, NY 10001
Eligibility: US citizen or non-citizen lawfully & permanently
residing, or studying full-time, in the US; no age
restrictions; however, applicants should be at the early
stages of their professional careers; only works completed
since 2014 that have not been performed or read by a
professional orchestra, nor received a public performance
in the NYC metro area are eligible; compositions must
be less than 15 minutes; works requiring soloists will not
be considered. Prizes: One composer will be awarded a
$15,000 commission to write a new work to be premiered
by ACO in a future season at Carnegie Hall. Competition:
Jan. 2, 2020. Entrance Fee: None.
univ. of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Music
Univ. of Louisville, School of Mus.
Grawemeyer Mus. Award Committee
(502) 852-1787, 634-0939
Louisville, KY 40292
Annual. Purpose: To recognize outstanding achievement by
a living composer in a large musical genrechoral,
orchestral, chamber, electronic, song-cycle, dance,
opera, musical theater, extended solo work, etc. Eligibility:
Each entry must be nominated by a professional musical
organization or individual (performer or performing group,
conductor, critic, publisher, or head of a professional music
school or department); a composer may not submit his/her
own work; no more than one work of any composer may
be submitted. Prizes: $100,000. Deadline: mid-Jan. 2020.
Competition: Jan. 2, 2020.
VSA International Young Soloists
2700 F. St. NW, Washington, DC 20566 (202) 416-8822
Annual. For voice, all instruments, all genres. Eligibility:
Musicians with disabilities ages 14-25. Prizes: $2000
& the opportunity to perform at the Kennedy Center
for the Performing Arts in Washington. Deadline: Feb.
Stulberg International String Competition
Margaret J. Hamilton, Exec. Dir.
359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 14 (269) 343-2776
Kalamazoo, MI 49007-4848 twitter.com/StulbergComp
Annual. Purpose: To promote excellence in string instrument
performance by gifted artists under the age of 20. Eligibility:
Open to students of violin, viola, cello or double bass, 19
years old or younger on Jan. 1 of year of competition.
Prizes: (Gold/1st) $6000 & performance award with
Kalamazoo Symph. Orch. or Grand Rapids Symph.;
(Silver/2nd) $5000 & performance award with Western
Michigan Univ. Symph. Orch.; (Bronze/3rd) $4000 &
performance award with Kalamazoo Junior Symph. Orch.;
Bach Award, $500. Deadline: Feb. 1, 2020. Competition:
May 16, 2020. Entrance Fee: $125.
William Matheus Sullivan Foundation Inc.
Maria Schlafly, Exec. Dir.
430 Way Ave., St. Louis, MO 63122 (646) 883-2742
Annual. For voice. Purpose: To advance the careers of gifted
young opera singers who have completed all schooling
& have started their professional careers; no support for
the general fields of music education & vocal training.
Eligibility: Applicants must have an upcoming professional
engagement with full orchestra (not covers) before they
can apply or be considered for auditions. There is no age
limit, but singers should be taking early steps in their solo
careers. Prizes: Sullivan Awards ( 7 singers each received
$10,000 in 2018); winners are then eligible for five years
of further Role Preparation Grants for the study of new
professional roles. Smaller Career Development Grants
may also be awarded. Deadline: Sept. (receipt of completed
application forms by the Foundation). Application
forms & rules are online at www.sullivanfoundation.org.
Competition: Fall. Entrance Fee: None.
talents of the World Annual International Voice
David Gvinianidze, Pres.
Olga Lisovskaya, Dir. (USA)
Annual. Purpose: Hailed as ìthe competition that has a
reputation for fairnessî (Voce di Meche) Talents of the
World Third Annual International Voice Competition
invites classically-trained singers to show their talent,
skill and fluency in diverse repertoire, ranging from
opera, to operetta, Broadway, Neapolitan and folk
songs, to American songbook. Winners receive prizes,
performance at Carnegie Hall and other performance
opportunities throughout the year. Eligibility: Minimum 18
years. No upper age limit. Prizes: (Grand Prize) $3000
and performance with Talents of the World at Carnegie
Hall. (1st) $1500 and Carnegie Hall Performance. (2nd)
$1000 and Carnegie Hall Performance. (3rd) $500 and
Carnegie Hall Performance. (Audience Favorite Prize)
$100. Deadline: Early bird-Oct. Regular-Nov. Competition:
Reginal Finals: Nov.-Newton, MA, Southampton, PA; Dec.-NY, NY; Grand Finals: Dec.-NY, NY.
James toland Vocal Arts Competition
466 Crescent St. #306, Oakland, CA 94610
Annual. Purpose: JTVA is an Oakland, California based
nonprofit established to encourage and cultivate, through
competition and education, the emerging talents of
singers who aspire to a professional career in vocal
performance. Eligibility: Tier I, singers ready to embark
on a professional career; Tier II, those studying singing
at or near the college level. Prizes: Tier I, (1st) $20,000
& Oakland Symph. performance; (2nd) $12,000; (3rd)
$8000. Tier II, (1st) $8000; (2nd) $600; (3rd) $5000.Eight
Encouragement Awards of $4000 each, Tier I Audience
Favorite Award $4000, Tier II Audience Favorite Award
$2000. Deadline: Dec. 21, 2019 (Early Bird); Feb. 15, 2020
(Final). Competition: June 14, 2020. Entrance Fee: $40
(Early Bird, one tier); $80 (Early Bird, two tiers). $50 (Final,
one tier); $100 (Final, two tiers).
Richard tucker Music Foundation Awards & Grants
1790 Broadway, Suite 715 (212) 757-2218
New York, NY 10019 twitter.com/rtuckermusicfdn
Eligibility: Only US born citizens; singers must be nominated
for the awards; there is no application process. The
Richard Tucker Award is awarded to an American singer
who has reached a high level of artistic accomplishment &
is on the threshold of a major international career. Career
Grant singers should have begun professional careers &
have performed roles with national or international opera
companies. Study Grant singers should be recently out
of the university or conservatory & be at the beginning
of promising careers. Prizes: Richard Tucker Award
($50,000); Richard Tucker Career Grants; Sara Tucker
Study Grants. Competition: June 14, 2020.
Rosalyn tureck International Bach Competition
PO Box 230851, New York, NY 10023 (212) 873-6087
a w a r d s the Violin Society of America International Competition email@example.com www.vsaweb.org/Competitions 14070 Proton Rd., Suite 100 (972) 233-9107 x 205 Dallas, TX 75244 Biennial. Purpose: To promote the art & science of making, repairing & preserving stringed musical instruments
& their bows. The juried Competition highlights the
outstanding quality instruments & bows & also includes
informative sessions with makers & experts. Eligibility:
Makers of violins, violas, cellos, basses & their bows;
from all countries. Competition: Nov. 8-13, 2020 in Garden
Charles Wadsworth Piano Competition
1523 Lower Fayetteville Rd.
c/o The Donald W. Nixon Centre for Performing & Visual Arts
Newnan, GA 30265 (770) 254-2787
Eligibility: Pianists, ages 18-25, who live in the continental
US. Prizes: (1st) $15,000; (2nd) $7500; (3rd) $5000;
Contemporary Music Award, $1000; Chamber Music
Award, $1000. Competition: Apr. Entrance Fee: $30.
Walgreens National Concerto Competition
878 Lyster Rd., Highwood, IL 60040 (847) 926-9898
Annual. For piano, strings, voice, winds, brass, and percussion.
Eligibility: Division 1-Midwest Young Artists Conservatory
(MYAC) Orchestra Division (must be active participants
in the MYAC Orchestral Program). Division 2-Open
Division (all other entrants will be entered in the Open
Division including MYAC Chamber, Jazz, and Choral
students).There are 2 Levels in each Division (further
divided in string, piano, voice, winds & percussion, and
early music categories): Junior-8th grade or younger;
Senior-9th-12th grades. The competition is open to all
instruments.Students are entered in the Early Music
category if their piece was written before 1800. Strings,
harpsichord, recorders, gamba, winds, and brass are
encouraged to participate in this category. Prizes:
MYAC Orchestra Div.-one overall winner from each
level. Open Div.-one overall winner. Overall winners will
perform with the MYAC orchestra in Feb., receive a cash
award of $1000, and a MYAC tuition scholarship ($750
value). The overall senior MYAC div. winner will perform
on the prestigioius “From the Top” radio program. Merit
scholarships of up to $24,000 will be available.Category
winners will receive a MYAC tuition scholarship ($375
value) and may be selected to perform at a winners recital
in Feb. and other performance opportunities. Deadline:
Dec. 1. Competition: Dec.
Virginia Waring International Piano Competition
John Bayless, Art. Dir.
Ann Greer, Exec. Dir.
73-710 Fred Waring Dr., No. 201 (760) 773-2575
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Biennial. Senior, ages 18-30, in 2021 & 2025; Junior &
Intermediate, ages 17 & under, in 2019 & 2023. Purpose:
To provide performance & cash award opportunities
for virtuoso young pianists ready for the concert stage.
Eligibility: Junior ( 12 years old & under); Intermediate ( 13 to
17); Senior ( 18 to 30). Prizes: Cash prizes & performance
awards for multiple winners in each competition. Deadline:
Oct. 15, 2020. Competition: Mar. 2021.
Washington International Competitions (Sponsored by
the Friday Morning Music Club Foundation Inc.)
Grace McFarlane, Junko Takahashi, Competition Co-Chairs
801 K St. NW, Washington, DC 20001 (202) 244-2593
Annual. piano (2020), strings (2021), voice (2022). Purpose:
To encourage & assist young artists ready for professional
performing careers who are not yet under management.
Eligibility: Strings, 18-28 years old; piano, 18-30 years old;
voice, 18-32 years old, as of the competition date. Prizes:
(1st) $10,000; (2nd) $5000; (3rd) $3000; Finalist, $1000
each. Deadline: Feb. 15, 2020. Competition: May 23, 2020
(semifinals), May 24, 2020 (finals at Kennedy Center).
Washington International Piano Artists Competition
Chateau Gardecki, Chair, Washington Int’l Piano Arts
Council ( WIPAC)
3862 Farrcroft Dr., Fairfax, VA 22030 (703) 728-7766
Annual. Purpose: To promote international friendship, cultural
exchange & mutual understanding among nations through
the language of music. To discover, encourage, & reward
non-professional pianists greater than 31 years old for
their constant striving towards artistic perfection in the
performance of the classical music repertory. Eligibility:
Pianists 31 years old or older as of July 25 of each calendar
year for that year’s competition; students currently seeking
a degree in school & professional career pianists should
not apply. Prizes: Three top finalists receive cash awards,
starting at $3000 for the first; concert engagement(s) in
Washington, DC; audience & press awards, & other cash
awards in various special award categories are also
offered to participants for performances in any of three
rounds of performances. Deadline: July 10 (approx.),
annually (postmarked, or e-notification OK). Competition:
July/Aug. (Wed.-Sun.; approximately the first weekend in
Aug.; check website). Entrance Fee: $150-$175 (rcordings
of performances available for download; admission to one
master class as auditor; additional fee if performing in