a w a r d s the New York Virtuoso Singers Choral Composition Competition Harold Rosenbaum, Art. Dir. & Cond., The New York Virtuoso Singers firstname.lastname@example.org www.nyvirtuoso.org/competition.html
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: Chosen works
might be performed by The New York Virtuoso Singers
in a public concert in New York City, & composers would
receive an archival recording. Alternatively, they might be
submitted to Peermusic for possible publication on its New
Voices series. 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 10018-8517 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unpublished and unperformed.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, worldwide performance
engagements, community outreach opportunities and
career support in the areas of management & public
relations, violin, bow and a Musafia case; (2nd) $15,000;
(3rd) $10,000; (Honorable Mention) $5000. Additional
prizes include a special $2,500 Community Engagement
Award; an additional instrument will be distributed among
the other Finalists. Deadline: Sep. 27, 2019. Competition:
January 14 -26, 2020. Entrance Fee: $125.
Opera at Florham Vocal Competition and Musicale
honoring Violetta Du Pont
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, 2020. Competition: April 5, 2020.
Entrance Fee: None.
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, 2020. 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, 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: Feb., 2020. Competition: May 3, 2020. Entrance
the Opera Foundation Inc.
Elizabeth Walbrol, Exec. Dir.
c/o Mannheim LLC, 712 Fifth Ave., 32nd fl. (212) 664-8843
New 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. Entrance Fee: $40 (application).
Opera Index Vocal Competition
Joseph S. Gasperec, Exec. Dir.
PO Box 237153, Ansonia Sta. (212) 706-9550
New 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: Oct. Competition: Oct.
Oratorio Society of New York Solo Competition
Janet Plucknett, VP, Competition Chair
1140 Ave. of the Americas, 9th fl. (212) 400-7255
New 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, 2020; Feb. 15, 2020 (late entries).
Competition: Apr. 4,, 2020 (semifinals); Apr. 18, 2020
(finals). Entrance Fee: $30 (by Feb. 1, 2020); $50 (late
entry by Feb. 15, 2020).
Parkening International Guitar Competition & Parkening
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. Competition: May-June. Entrance Fee: $100.
t. Gordon Parks Concerto Competition
Erin Acheson, Exec. Dir.
5601 S. Broadway, Suite 345 (303) 781-1892
Littleton, CO 80121 twitter.com/ArapahoePhil
Annual (alternates orchestral strings & harp with winds/brass/
percussion). Purpose: To support young instrumentalists
age 18-25 with an opportunity to be featured with orchestra
and earn a cash prize. Eligibility: Student instrumentalists
age 18-25 (as of March 27, 2020); must attend a school in
Colorado or its 7 surrounding states (Kansas, Nebraska,
Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma); Citizens
of the USA or be able to provide written authorization from
applicant’s US-based school (Designated School Officer)
confirming applicant can be awarded the competition
prize. Prizes: (1st) $2000 and opportunity to perform
solo concerto with the Arapahoe Philharmonic; (2nd)
$1000; (3rd) $500. Deadline: Oct. 31, 2019. Competition:
Submission period opens October 20, 2019. Concert and
rehearsals March 24-27, 2020. Entrance Fee: $50.
peermusic Latin Scholarship
Carolina Arenas, Dir.
c/o BMI Foundation
7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich St.
New York, NY 10007
Annual. Purpose: To encourage the next generation of Latin
composers. Eligibility: Between the ages of 17 & 24;
enrolled at a college or university in the USA or Puerto
Rico; has not had any musical work commercially recorded
or distributed; is not a prior winner of this competition.
Prizes: Total of $5000. Deadline: Feb. Competition: Winner
announced late Spring. Entrance Fee: None.
Domenic J. Pellicciotti Opera Composition Prize at the
Crane School of Music www.potsdam.edu/pellicciotti
44 Pierrepont Ave., Potsdam, NY 13676
Quadrennial. Purpose: To encourage & acknowledge the
creation of new opera works that explore themes related to
tolerance, inclusion or the celebration of diversity. Prizes:
One winner will be awarded a $25,000 commission to
complete the proposed opera excerpt, which will premiere
in Nov. 2018 in a production by the Crane Opera Ensemble
& Orch. Competition: Winner announced late Spring.
PianoArts Biennial North American Piano Competition
& Music Festival
Sue Medford, Founder & Art. Dir.
2642 N. Summit Ave. (414) 962-3055
Milwaukee, WI 53211
Biennial. Purpose: To provide prizes, scholarships,
professional training, educational opportunities,
competition performances with the Milwaukee Symph.
Orch. & duos with MSO musicians. Eligibility: Pianists,
ages 16-21, who live or study full time in North America.
Prizes: Over $30,000 in prizes awarded among 10
semifinalists, including a scholarship to attend the
International Keyboard Institute & Festival in New York
City. Fellowships awarded with performance opportunities
as Piano Artists-in-Residence & guest artists in several
national concert series.All semifinalists perform solos &
duos with musicians from the Milwaukee Symph. Orch.
Three finalists perform a complete concerto with the
Orchestra as part of the competition. Deadline: Feb. 9,
2020 (application). Competition: May 28-June 2, 2020.
Entrance Fee: $150 (application in Feb.); $250 (Milwaukee
Plowman Chamber Music Competition
Dr. Peter Miyamoto, Exec. Dir.
Ayako Tsuruta, Art. Dir.
1112 E. Broadway (573) 825-0079
Columbia, MO 65201 twitter.com/odysseyplowman
Biennial. Purpose: To assist emerging chamber ensembles
in their artistic development, to encourage them to pursue
careers in chamber music, & to provide a forum for their
talents. Eligibility: For musicians who have not yet reached
age 36, & are not currently under management; open
preliminary DVD audition with application. Prizes: $5000
Grand Prize, & two $2000 First Prizes and two Honorable
Mentions, one in each category; one Audience Prize; one
Finalist ensemble will be offered an appearance with the
Odyssey Chamber Music Series in its 18th Season (2021-
2022) with an additional $2000 in honorarium. Deadline:
Feb. 11 & 18, 2021. Competition: Mar. 27-28, 2021.
Primrose International Viola Competition
c/o AVS, 14070 Proton Rd., Suite 100 (972) 233-9107 x 204
Dallas, TX 75244
Purpose: To recognize & showcase young musicians who
have achieved world class excellence through intensive
hard work and unusual talent. Prizes: Over $30,000 in
cash & prizes. Competition: June.
PRISMA Concerto Competition
Arthur Arnold, Art. Dir.
4313 Alberta Ave., Suite 9 (855) 577-4762
Powell River, BC, Canada V8A 5G7
Annual, during the PRISMA Festival. Eligibility: All
participants of the PRISMA Festival are eligible to
compete; see prismafestival.com/competition. Prizes: A
week with the Moscow Symph. Orch. in Moscow, Russia,
or $1500. Deadline: Feb. 28, 2020. Competition: June 15-
Pulitzer Prize in Music
Dana Canedy, Admin.
709 Pulitzer Hall, 2950 Broadway (212) 854-3841
New York, N Y 10027 twitter.com/pulitzerprize
Annual. Eligibility: US citizen. For the music award, works
given their US premiere in a public performance or in the
public release of a recording during the twelve months
from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31 are considered. Prizes:
Columbia Univ., on the recommendation of The Pulitzer
Prize Board, annually awards a Pulitzer Prize in music
of $15,000 for distinguished musical composition by
an American that had its first performance or recording
in the United States during the year. Deadline: Dec. 31
each year; online entry forms must be submitted at
www.pulitzer.org/how_to_enter; paper entry forms are no
longer accepted. Competition: June 15-27, 2020. Entrance
Rapido! 14-Day Composition Contest
c/o Atlanta Chamber Players, PO Box 20013
Atlanta, GA 30325 twitter.com/RapidoContest
Biennial. Purpose: To promote the creation of new chamber
works & highlight lesser-known composers. Eligibility:
Composers of any age & level of experience who are
residents or full-time student residents of one of the 50
United States; open to the first 100 online registrants (in
each of five regions); composers write a five-minute work
in 14 days. Prizes: National grand prize winner receives
a cash prize, premieres in five cities by five chamber
ensembles, & a commission from the Atlanta Symph. Orch.
Deadline: Spring 2020. Competition: June 2020.